Dating Tips For Students


Dating tips for students is a bit of a difficult one, because obviously everyone’s different. Not just personality-wise but different with regard to their circumstances, too. 

For example, if you’ve lived your entire life in a tiny town, you may not have any dating experience yet, likewise if your parents were strict and frowned upon that kind of thing. 

On the other hand, you might already be in an established relationship and you’re either about to embark upon a long-distance relationship (which is a whole other article) or you’re both off to the same university, where you’ll still be able to see each other regularly. 

Whatever your own personal circumstances are though, you’ll need to bear certain things in mind when you’re at university, so here are some dating tips for students. 

Don’t date someone in your student accommodation

First of all, if you’ve just moved into student accommodation and the first person you meet in the kitchen is your dream date, try to resist their charms. They may be perfect in every way and everything you’ve ever wanted, but dating someone you live with is a recipe for disaster. 

For one thing, if Married at First Sight has taught us anything, it’s that few relationships survive when both parties are thrown together 24/7 (admittedly, MAFS’ main lesson is that you shouldn’t marry someone you’ve never met before just to get on the telly because you’ll be edited to look like a lunatic. Just ask Olivia).  

Having your significant other close by may be fun at first and it comes with the added bonus of there being no walk of shame on a Sunday morning. However, if your relationship goes wrong and you decide to part ways, it’s going to make for an awkward living situation. Not just for the two of you, but for everyone else in your halls of residence, private student accommodation or house share. 

Don’t cut everyone else out of your life

Although new relationships are super-exciting and you want to spend all your time with each other, don’t let other important relationships with friends and family slide. 

Cultivating and nurturing friendships at university is important - university is, after all, where friends for life can be made - and if you keep turning down invitations, those invitations will eventually stop, and there will undoubtedly be times in the future when you need those friends to turn to. 

Don’t be afraid to say no

When it comes to saying ‘no’, I’m not just talking about not being afraid to say no to anything you’re asked to do that you’re not comfortable with. Of course, that is super-important and enthusiastic consent from both of you is imperative, but I’m talking about not being afraid to say you can’t see your other half because you need to study, work, see other friends, or just like to relax on your own when it’s that time of the month

You don’t have to be in a relationship

Most importantly, even in the unlikely situation of everyone around you being seemingly loved up and paired off, you don’t have to be in a relationship. 

If studying is more important to you, you never seem to meet anyone you fancy or you just downright don’t want to be in a relationship, this is all perfectly valid. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. 

Dating tips for students

Remember, university should be the best days of your life and hopefully they will be. You are there to study though so don’t let dating take over your life, but there’s nothing to say you can’t have some dating fun along the way!