Dating apps are the go-to approach for people in 2018, especially for college students looking to date, hook up, and meet new people. If you’re one of them, check out these dating apps that you can download and try out today!
Just about everyone has heard of and used the Tinder app. It’s your basic “swipe right if you’re interested and swipe left if you’re not.” If you match, you can start a conversation and see where it goes. You can also super like someone if you’re very interested (and yes, the other person will know.) It started as more of a hookup app, but has evolved into an app that people basically use for anything from one night stands to finding a spouse. Whatever you’re looking for, consider trying it out for yourself.
Bumble works a lot like Tinder – you swipe right for people you like and left for people you’re not interested in. But on this dating app, the girls have to start the conversation with their matches, and they only have 24 hours to do it before the match expires. If a guy is especially interested in someone, they can use their daily 24-hour extend to give the girl more time to start a conversation.
Friendsy has been appointed the “Tinder for college students” because you need a .edu email to sign up. That’s one less thing you have to worry about, plus talking about schools is a great conversation starter. Another upside to this app is that you can filter your searches based on the year in college, gender, and major.
This app is slightly different than your average Tinder-like app. Happn shows you profiles of people you’ve walked past in real life. That’s right. Everyone’s profiles are based on the time and place of the encounter. Then you can secretly like their profiles, and they won’t know unless they like yours too. The only downside is, you can’t expect to skip speaking with someone attractive on the street so you can talk on the app. You both must have the Happn app for you to see their profile.
The DateMySchool app provides a safe way for users to meet other students. The only way others can view your profile is if they are undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni that fit your criteria.
The creators of How About We emphasize “offline dating” for their app. They want to eliminate all the back-and-forth conversation that can lead nowhere on other dating apps. On this app, you say what you want to do and find someone who wants to get offline and go with you.
Pure is basically an app just for hooking up. It’s soon to be released on iOS and Android and works like Tinder. You upload a photo and set your filters for age and gender. Once you match with someone, it’s basically expected that you’re going to hook up.
Grindr is a gay-only dating app. Unlike Tinder, you don’t need to swipe right for a chance to chat. Everyone is free to message whoever they want. (Although, there is a block feature for the creeps out there.) The creators of Grindr also made a version for straight users called Blendr, but it didn’t have much success.
Though it may not seem like it (or maybe it does), Snapchat can also be utilized as a dating app for college students. The picture-messaging app is for users to send pictures and videos that disappear after a certain period of time. In the past, Snapchat was investigated after providing minors a place to sext and send lewd photos. Nevertheless, Snapchat is still a fun way to talk and flirt.