7 must-have apps and online tools for immigrants in the UK

Updated on: 2022-05-17 - 3 mins read

Once you have made all your plans for a trip to the United Kingdom, and you have booked your flight and planned your itinerary, make sure that you download some of the essential tools and apps on your phone. The UK is a country buzzing with lots of activities and events both day and night, so you must have a good plan to see some of the best that country has to offer.

There are many apps that are specifically designed to help you navigate through the city and see what events and activities are happening. Regardless of whether you use an iOS or Android device, we have got you covered.

So, here are the seven apps and tools for immigrants in the UK.

RemitAnalyst

RemitAnalyst is the world's first machine learning-based remittance comparison platform where users can directly compare currency exchange rates among the top remittance providers. It is the only online platform to use machine learning algorithms to predict exchange rates. This platform offers a robust money calculator that includes all possible features to help users to select the best money transfer service provider without any hassle for GBP to INR exchange rates.

The company has been started because it takes more effort and time to visit all remittance providers' websites, note down current rates and make a decision in order to pick the best one to send money to India from the UK.

This application's goal is to save time, search for the best rate and service according to customers’ needs and make the decision easily just from the place.

This application is completely free to use with no service charge, no accounts, and no subscription required to compare the best exchange rates. Based on the prediction, the current rate is matched, and great deals are indicated.

Station Master

Station Master offers fun facts and useful insights about stations across the entire underground network. Each station is shown in pointing out where exits, 3D, passways or corridors and showing which carriage is most convenient for a speedy exit.

It also includes accessibility information such as elevators, step count, and even the size of the gap between the platform and gap, which is also useful for able-bodied travellers with heavy bags. It is sprinkled with all the history tips and facts about each station, turning your commute into a guided tour.

Virtuo

Despite the UK having an excellent public transport system, sometimes you need to take matters into your own hands.

If you want to take a day trip out of town without dealing with buses or trains, check out the Virtuo. This mobile rental service launched in the UK after great reviews on other European sites and even promises to make the process of renting a car 100% hassle-free.

You can book a car of your choice before arrival and have it waiting for you at the train station or airport, find it yourself with the help of an app, unlock it using a virtual key and drive away. There I no need to fill in paperwork or wait in line at any point.

Citymapper

The application which you should download when you arrive in London is the Citymapper app. This is an important app for using public transport in the city. Citymapper helps you to navigate the UK using all transportations available, including Uber, cycling, black cabs and Zipcar. It also includes Lime, the electric scooter service.

The Citymapper application tells you the cheapest and fastest route as well as any delays taking place on routes. A major thing about the application is that it tells you the best carriage to choose on the tube so that you can exit quickly once you have arrived at your destination.

Santander Cycles

If you feel like exploring the UK on two wheels, then download the free Santander Cycles. Originally known as Boris Bikes after the former London Mayor Boris Johnson. Santander Cycles is a bike-sharing or self-service scheme for short journeys in central London.

The application receives bike release codes straight to the smartphone so that you don’t have to deal with the docking station terminal when you want to borrow a bike.

The app includes information about finding your nearest docking station and which docking stations have biked available. A map is included in the application for planning your journey.

Best Coffee Guide

If you need a caffeine break to keep up with the sightseeing, the UK got you covered. Between franchises, chains and little mom-and-pop stores, there is no shortage of coffee in the UK capital.

If you want to be too much selective, though, Best Coffee Guide has you covered. This app focuses on independent cafes across the globe, with particularly good coverage in the UK and all its cities.

The free version of the app lets you find nearby coffee outlets that match your preferences, with reviews from professional writers. For around $3.99/year, you can explore cafes around the world, save your favourites and get access to in-app promotions.

Qkr!

The unofficial bill splitting application of London, Qkr! It makes it easy to divide up the total when dining out in a group at more than 1000 restaurants across the city. So, it is much better than trying to calculate who ate what at the end of dinner.