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Essential Apps for Ole Miss Students

In this day and age, people are so dependent on their electronic devices. As an Ole Miss student, there are several applications I have downloaded on my cell phone that simplify my day to day life in Oxford. We’ve compiled a list of apps essential for an Ole Miss student to have. Encourage your student to check them out! All of the applications are free to download to a mobile device.

Pocket Points is an app that rewards you for paying attention in the classroom and behind the wheel- how cool is that? After downloading the application, it uses your location to determine whether you’re in an academic building on campus or driving across town in your car. All you have to do is open the app and then lock your screen! For the number of minutes you stay off your phone while in class or while driving, you get points. These points can be redeemed as discounts at participating businesses, ranging from Redbox movies to bars on the square. (It’s only 5 points for a free shot of Fireball at the Levee and only 20 points for 20% off your purchase of Ole Miss at Barnes and Noble!)

If your student is planning on using the bus system on campus, they can make sure they never miss a ride by downloading the app, NextBus. This app tracks all O.U.T. bus routes on campus and gives you an approximate time until the bus arrives at your stop. The app also tracks the bus that continuously drop students off at the Square each night. I didn’t have a vehicle with me freshman year, so my friends and I used this app all the time!

EZ-RYDR is a newer option for you and your student to consider utilizing. It’s a ride-share company developed by CEO Kyle Staude and a couple of his friends, all of which graduated from the University of Mississippi. Through their mobile-app, your student can have unlimited rides for a set price, rather than paying ride-by-ride. To ensure maximum safety, perspective EZ-RYDR drivers must undergo standard background checks along with a behavioral profile. Staude also meets with all of the drivers face-to-face before they are hired. Support an Ole Miss graduate and consider downloading EZ-RYDR and purchasing a membership!

Your student is probably familiar with the Uber app, which is an easy option to get around Oxford. There’s also the app, Uber Eats, which is a food delivery service! Both of these are pretty self-explanatory and come in handy more often than not as a college student.