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VIDEO: Five essential apps I use as a student in Belfast

International student Shuk Kuen Yau ('Yumi') from Hong Kong reveals the smartphone apps that make her student life easier.

1.Banking app

‎HSBC UK Mobile Banking

‎Designed especially for our UK customers, the HSBC UK Mobile Banking app lets you manage your money on the go easily and securely. * Log on quickly and securely with Face ID and Touch ID * See your accounts, transactions, standing orders and Direct Debits at a glance * View and download your statem...

I have a HSBC bank account and their app makes it easy to check your standing orders and transactions. Most importantly, you can transfer money to another user.


‎my giffgaff

‎The latest version of the my giffgaff app for iOS is here. We've added a bunch of great new features, the most exciting of which is Touch ID/Face ID. This nifty little addition allows you log in to your account with just the touch of your finger. Nice one.

This mobile app allows you to check your phone account details and top up your SIM card. Before you come to Belfast, you can order your Giffgaff sim card and activate it in your home country.

3.Translink and Valuecab

‎Translink mLink

‎Translink mLink - rail tickets to your mobile. The quicker and easier way to travel with NI Railways. Buy, receive & use your rail ticket via your mobile. You can buy your Weekly, Monthly, 3 Day Flexi and new 1 Day Peak and 1 Day Off-Peak tickets using your mobile phone.

‎Value Cabs

‎Book and track your Taxi easily with Belfast's No.1 Taxi Company. This app is simple and easy to use and gives the user the capability of booking a taxi with a few taps of your screen, Features: -Customers can select their pickup and destination by: *Their GPS location *Postcode *Typing the addre...

You can get a metro ticket for the bus or airport transfer tickets via this app. Also download the Valuecab app for an easy way to get a taxi.

4.Spare room


‎As the UK's leading flatsharing service, we've helped over 10,000,000 people to find their perfect flatmate or flatshare. With our apps, you can do it all while on-the-go. Repeatedly featured by Apple in the categories of Your New Home, Apps for the Weekend, What's Hot, and Popular Apps and Games....

This is a good app for finding flatshares in the UK and for finding a suitable house.



‎Discover popular local events, get event recommendations just for you, and see which events your friends are going to! Get tickets and quickly access all of your Eventbrite tickets and event information from your iPhone. Find something new to do -- concerts, festivals, classes, conferences, free eve...

This is a great way to find popular events. You can find information and get tickets printed for conferences, gigs and events etc.

Watch Yumi’s video below:

Photo: Shuk Kuen Yau, MA Media & Broadcast
Shuk Kuen Yau, MA Media & Broadcast