Inspired by Laura’s recommendation on apps for master thesis, I decide to write about the five most important apps I download after coming to Sweden.
1. Res i STHLM
It is an app to check your public transport information in Stockholm. There many similar apps for people to check such as Google map, but I found res i STHLM very accurate and easy to use. The only problem is that it uses Swedish interface, so you might need to play with several buttons to get used to it. By using the app, you could find the nearest bus station or metro station, and you can also highlight frequent stops and routines. There are many more features that I will explore and hope it would be helpful for new students coming to Sweden.
Mecenat is the student association in Sweden which gives you a lot of student discount and the right to queue for student housing. If you become a member of the student union in your universities, you usually get Mecenat membership automatically. You need to confirm this with your local student union as well.
The mobile app is very important because you can have an electronic card after you install the app, so that you don’t need to bring a plastic card with you all the time. And you also get some discount information or coupons sent as notifications. I use the Mecenat discount a lot for online shoppling, such as Sportamore, Bodystore and Zalado. You can get discount from 10% to 30% which saves your pocket money as a poor student!
For most international students, Comviq may be the first telephone company you would use when you arrive at Sweden. There are always people giving away free Comviq telephone card in Metro station and on the streets. You just need to activate the card and charge money and you can use it.
After installing the app, you can check the information about the cellular data you have, the money for call etc. And you can always purchase new package or buy extra cellular data in the app. Compared to other companies like Tele2 and Telia, I found Comviq most convenient to use for international students.
4. ICA Banken/Nordea Bank/ other Banks mobile app
I use ICA Student bank account which is free from annual charge and you can always deposit money at the cashier in ICA supermarket. As ICA bank is mostly internet based, it is essential to have online banking and mobile app. With the app, you can check your account detail, transfer money and pay your bills. As Sweden is famous for ‘non-cash’, it is time for you to try out the new way of banking in your phone! For other banks, there should be mobile app as well. you may ask the stuff when you open bank account.
For all Swedish banks, you can apply for a Bank ID, which is very helpful if you are dealing with tax and other issues related to tax office in Sweden. For example, if you want to change your home address registered at the tax office, you could change it online with your bank ID. The home address is linked to your personal number and it is very important for you change it when you move to your new address. This is what I am doing right now as I move to a new dorm this week.
With your own bank ID, you can use SWISH, which is a handy app for people to transfer money between each other. SWISH is very popular when you are making deals on blocket.se (Sweden’s biggest second hand online market).
Final words: there are many other interesting apps for you to explore, such as restaurant recommendation app or good places to travel etc. But they are usually not only limited to Sweden, so they are not the topic of this blog. I hope you would find out more interesting apps and share with me, then I could write a new blog about funny apps in Sweden ;)