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4 free apps for college students

The free Citymaps app, available on iOS, allows

The free Citymaps app, available on iOS, allows you to personalize a map of your favorite places to eat, shop and visit. Credit: Handout

While you're helping your college-bound kids pack up dorm essentials and textbooks, you might want to suggest a few apps to help make the transition less stressful and more enjoyable. Here are four free apps that will help them find their way in the grown-up world.

1. Citymaps. For students new to town -- or even those looking for places close to home -- this app let's them personalize and create maps of their favorite places, and discover places in the area to eat, shop, visit and more. They can follow maps by friends (even celebrities) and view real-time photos, menus, hours of operation and directions by car, foot or public transportation. Available on iOS.

2. Seamless. Whether your kids are missing your cooking or craving a midnight snack, this app makes it simple to order food online or on a smartphone. They can choose from a list of 12,000 plus restaurants. Available on iOS and Android.

3. Mint. This app makes it easy to track, budget and manage money all in one place so they can see where they're spending and where to save. Simply add bank, credit, loan and other accounts and Mint will pull in and categorize transactions. This secure app will also alert them when they go over budget. Available on iOS and Android.

4. Evernote. Forget Post-its. Students can simply type up notes in Evernote and have them stored in the cloud across all their devices. If they prefer handwritten notes, they can snap a picture of their notebook with the Evernote page camera and it will scan the text. They can also record voice and audio notes, search for text inside images, email notes and more. Available on iOS and Andriod.

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