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We love a good party as much as anyone. But the logistics of trying to get to know someone in a packed basement over blaring trap music while someone does body shots in the corner are a bit challenging. It's not exactly the prime environment for romance. Although maybe you're not looking for romance? Party on, friend. Dating apps are the saving grace of college students everywhere. At this point there are dating apps for every niche you can think of whether you're into gaming , geek culture , getting high , or focusing on your career — there are people seeking the same things you are.
As a college student, you have specific needs and probably don't want to wade through all the older people trying to get married ASAP. You need dating apps that are specifically good for college-aged people. Our best picks for college students are the following: We like OkCupid for its inclusivity, its ease of use, and its fun algorithms. Tinder also gets our stamp of approval, as the swipe-happy, low-touch app makes finding people nearby a breeze. Friendsy deserves a shoutout as well, since it keeps the dating pool limited to other college students.
Read on to discover which other dating apps for college students made the cut. Here they are:. It probably seems obvious, but the first rule of online dating is to just be yourself. It's all too easy to pretend to be someone you're not online, but that kind of catfishing game won't garner you a true connection.
By being yourself and presenting yourself accurately and honestly, you open yourself up to the possibility of a great relationship with someone who likes you just the way you are. And isn't that the whole point of dating? Don't be afraid to make the first move. Forget all those outdated rules that say a man is supposed to make the first move or that a woman can't pay on a first date. Instead, focus on finding an equal partner who helps support your goals, wants to see you succeed, and has dreams of their own.
Get a bit more creative with your messaging than the standard "Hey. Messaging someone is more discussion group than lecture hall — it's about passing the conversation back and forth. Once you decide to meet up — which is the entire point, after all — stay open. We often come up with an idea for how someone will be after meeting them online, and it's rare that our expectations sync up with reality. Allow yourself to really get to know this person for who they are rather than who you thought they would be before you make up your mind.
That said, it's crucial that you're honest. If you really don't feel a connection, then do the right thing and tell them. A good line to use is something like, "I've really enjoyed meeting you but I think there are probably better people out there for both of us. Ghosting sucks for everyone. Just be up front and save each of you a lot of discomfort. On the other hand, what if you really do like them after finally meeting in person? Then what? Set up your next date while you're still hanging out.
That old rule about waiting three days to call? It's dead. RIP outdated dating rules. Make plans to do something low-key, and for the first few dates make sure the plans are to meet in a public place. A retro arcade or the student union could be a good, low stakes meeting place.
Bowling is always a good choice, too. The benefits of making a date to do an activity cannot be overstated. It provides you with ample conversation starters and gives you an opportunity to get a little competitive and joke around. Some playful teasing goes a long way. And remember: It's all about having fun. The gist: OkCupid uses a whole bunch of algorithms to find your perfect match. You can also list your interests and connect your Instagram to give a glimpse into your social life or prove you actually have one.
You can choose to share the questions publicly or just keep them private as a way to help the app match you. Not only are they an opportunity to show the real you and help the app make more accurate matches, they also make for great icebreakers. OkCupid is here to help you avoid that. Key features of upgrading? See who likes you, see when someone has read your message, and more. The gist: Spoiler alert: Tinder is our pick for those looking for a more casual experience.
In case you've been living under a rock, Tinder is the original "swipe right, swipe left" app that pretty much changed the game when it comes to online dating. Tinder matches you with singles based on your location and pulls your interests from your Facebook profile so that getting started is pretty much as easy as it gets. All you have to do is select a few pictures and write a short bio.
You can also attach your Instagram if you want. Then, it's time to swipe. If you and another member both swipe right for yes on each other, you become matched and are free to message each other. Ready for the real kicker? Tinder also just launched Tinder U, a version of the original app that's specifically for college students. Now, when students into Tinder with a school from a four-year-accredited university, swipes will be made on college students in the surrounding area as well as at nearby universities.
Tinder is perfect for those who aren't really thinking about commitment, but are open to having some fun with someone new. And there's nothing wrong with that. The dating app is an easy, popular option with over 50 million users and 1. Tinder U hopes to change these stats though. This new feature is especially convenient, since your matches are strictly other college students, giving you a head start on meeting both the people around your campus and the hotties on the other side of the stands at the big game.
Cost: The base app is totally free, but if you want, you can upgrade to Tinder Plus or Tinder Gold for features like "Swipe Around the World," "Super-likes" and "Rewind last swipe," for when you accidentally swipe left on a hottie. The highest level, Tinder Platinum, goes a step further and lets you chat with people you haven't matched with yet. The gist: Friendsy is like the dating app version of the original, college-only Facebook. Like the social media giant, which started off as a student-only, exclusive social network, you need a.
The idea behind the app is that it makes it easier for college kids to meet each other on campus. The app gives you super specific filtering options, so you have the option of only seeing "freshmen marketing majors" at your college, for example. The way the app works is similar to a Tinder, in that it's swipe-based. Only on Friendsy , if you swipe right on someone you like, you then have the option to choose whether you want to be friends, date, or hookup with them. If they choose the same for you, it's a match.
Users can also send "hints" to each other, which is basically a notification that lets a student know when "someone"— for example, "a music student in the class of "— is interested in them. The fact that Friendsy requires an active. The filter options are also clutch, mainly because they're so specific that you can practically find anyone if you narrow your filter enough.
So no, you won't have to spend four hours swiping in hopes of maybe landing on the cute business major from your freshman orientation's profile. Another thing that makes this dating app great: it allows you to put your intentions on the forefront. Right off the bat, you'll know if someone is looking to hookup, date, or just be friends, so it takes the wondering out of the equation. The gist: Zoosk is like the friend you didn't know you had.
Their registration process is much like other apps in that you log in via or Facebook. The bonus part about logging in through Facebook is the fact that it syncs your likes for you, so you don't have to spend time adding your movies, music, interests, etc. Zoosk then has you fill out basic info body type, education, religion and asks you to write your "story" in a bio-like section. You can also write what your idea of a perfect match would be, as well as your ideal date. From here, you have a few different options as far as finding a match.
You can browse through a giant pool of users sending hearts or smiley faces to the ones you like , you can go the "carousel" route which lets you vote yes, no, or maybe to user profiles , see the users who have checked out your profile, or use the "see who's online" tab to check out the currently active users. Bonus: Zoosk also gives a photo verification option, where users can use video verification to prove they actually look like their pics. The more you interact with the app, the better Zoosk is at working its magic.
Zoosk analyzes your preferences and patterns when it comes to interacting with other singles in order to figure out your "type. It allows you to get as personal as you want, without limiting you to a certain method of finding someone. Its multiple search options let you customize your experience based on your needs.
Just go straight to the "see who's online" tab. One thing that has kept Match around for over 20 years: it apparently works. The dating app will give you match suggestions based on your set criteria, which you can change and alter any time. And if you don't, then you get to keep looking for another six months for free. Another great thing about match is their "Missed Connections" feature. This part of the app uses your location to match you with people you've already crossed paths with in real life.
Think about all the times you saw someone cute on campus but didn't make a move. Or better yet, think about how much more convenient it would be to match with someone who doesn't live on the opposite end of campus. Proximity is not overrated. There's also a free version, but interaction with other users is extremely limited. The gist: At first, eharmony may feel like a lot. Matches are based on a lengthy questionnaire that drills down the specifics of your dating preferences and personality. But if you're looking for a love that's going to last a lifetime, why would you phone it in?
This isn't a term paper, after all. This is your life. It may seriously pay off to invest the time that's required into your profile, especially considering that at one time eharmony was responsible for creating the most marriages of any online dating site. The dating site is also available in Spanish, which is a great option for those who feel more comfortable communicating in their native language — or who are looking to get more comfortable in a language they're still learning.
Why it's good for college students: Chances are, if you find a match on eharmony then they're just as serious as you. A decent amount of thought and effort goes into filling out a profile, but it could definitely be the difference between wasting your time and meeting someone who's on the same and looking for the same thing. The chance of marrying your college sweetheart is definitely there , so why waste your time on hookup apps when you can easily narrow your options to likeminded matches?
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