Apps for surviving your return to D.C.

Whether you’re on the hunt for a favorite food truck, planning a date night or struggling to navigate the Silver Line, we’ve found an app to help.


Planning your weekend doesn’t have to be a chore – just ask Sosh. The app gives personalized recommendations for activities based on your location, interests and even the weather. You can tap one of the app’s seven categories, which range from “Classes & exhibits” to “Date spots,” or choose from options like “Get a sweat in” or “Take a coffee break.” You can also bookmark activities for another day, share your favorites with friends and get Metro directions.

Availability: iPhone and web
Cost: Free
Rating: ★★★★★

Food Truck Fiesta

Get the most out of your lunch break with Food Truck Fiesta, an app that tracks the locations and hours of your favorite food trucks on an easy-to-use map. The app follows more than 70 food trucks in the D.C. area, including GW favorites like Captain Cookie and Bubble Tea Licious. You can also read customer reviews for each vendor. Because the app mostly uses Twitter updates from each food truck to find its location, there’s no guarantee that the app’s directions will be right every time. But as the only D.C.-specific food truck app to date, Food Truck Fiesta is worth a download.

Availability: iPhone, Android and web
Cost: $0.99
Rating: ★★★★✰

DC Rider

Navigate the Metro with ease using this app that provides train times, Metro alerts, fare rates and even a trip planner. Basically a GPS for the Metro, DC Rider plans the easiest route to your destination so you don’t have to. Plus, it’s completely free. Need another reason to download the app? DC Rider beats other popular Metro navigation apps like Embark DC and iTrans DC as the first app to include the Silver Line.

Availability: iPhone and Android
Cost: Free
Rating: ★★★★★

iStudiez Pro

It may not be free and it involves the word “Studiez,” but this app is a lifesaving tool for balancing your classes, work schedule and personal life. Start by entering your class schedule, holidays and even professors’ contact information in the “Planner” tab. The app automatically adds each class to your calendar, so you never have to think twice when planning a coffee date or study session. The app also functions as an assignment planner, where you can organize assignments by course, priority and due date.

Availability: iPhone only
Cost: $2.99
Rating: ★★★★✰


Get your budget in order before your Colonial Cash starts to dwindle with Mint, an app that organizes your finances for free. After you add your bank or credit card to the app’s secure database, Mint will automatically update and categorize your transactions. The app also suggests ways to save money based on personal spending patterns. You can set savings goals and track your progress right in the app.

Availability: iPhone, Android, Windows 8 and web
Cost: Free
Rating: ★★★★★

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