Looking for love on campus: Best dating apps for college students

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. Whether you’re serious about finding someone, or just looking for a quick hookup , you may not need to look further than the right app. After all, everyone’s doing it . 
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. Read more... More about Dating , College , Online Dating , Dating Apps , and Mashable Shopping



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BEST FOR STUDENTS WHO DO THEIR HOMEWORK

OkCupid


OkCupid has a huge dating pool, and uses a whole bunch of algorithms to find your perfect match.

Standard subscription with everything you need: Free


One month of OkCupid Basic: $29.99


Three months of OkCupid Basic: $59.97


Six months of OkCupid Basic: $89.94


One month of OkCupid Premium: $39.99


Three months of OkCupid Premium: $79.98


Six months of OkCupid Premium: $119.94







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BEST FOR THE STUDENT WHO JUST WANTS TO HOOK UP

Tinder


Tinder is the original "swipe right, swipe left" app that pretty much changed the game when it comes to online dating.

Basic subscription: Free


One month of Tinder Plus: $4.99


Six months of Tinder Plus: $14.99


12 months of Tinder Plus: $19.99


Tinder Gold: $14.99/month


One month of Tinder Platinum: $19.99


Six months of Tinder Platinum: $59.99


12 months of Tinder Platinum: $79.99







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BEST FOR STUDENTS WHO ONLY WANT TO DATE OTHER STUDENTS

Friendsy


Friendsy was created with college students in mind, and lets you state your intentions and search specifically.

Price : Free







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BEST FOR THE STUDENT WHO HATES DATING APPS

Zoosk


Zoosk approaches dating in a cool way with machine learning, but it's not free.

One month: $29.95


Three months: $59.95


Six months: $74.95


12 months: $149.88







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BEST FOR THE STUDENT WHO WANTS TO COMMIT

Match


Match has a huge user base and matchmaking technology, but isn't cheap.

Three months of Standard: $71.97


Six months of Standard: $125.94


12 months of Standard: $239.88


Three months of Premium: $80.97


Six months of Premium: $143.94


12 months of Premium: $251.88







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BEST FOR THE ROMANTIC STUDENT

eharmony


eharmony offers ultimate compatibility tech, but it's not cheap.

Free version: Yes, but limited


Premium Light (six month subscription): $130


Premium Plus (12 month subscription): $166.80


Premium Extra (24 month subscription): $232.56







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BEST FOR THE STUDENT ON A BUDGET

Hinge


Hinge offers dating features that no other app has, at an easy price.

Free version: Yes


One month Preferred membership: $19.99


Three month Preferred membership: $39.99


Six month Preferred membership: $59.99







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BEST FOR MEETING PEOPLE (ROMANTIC OR OTHERWISE)

Bumble


Bumble requires women to make the first move and clears out matches if there's no communication within 24 hours.

Standard membership: Free


One week Boost subscription: $7.99


One month Boost subscription: $14.99


Three month Boost subscription: $29.99


One week Premium subscription: $17.99


One month Premium subscription: $32.99


Three month Premium subscription: $66.99


Lifetime Premium subscription: $199.99







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BEST FOR QUEER WOMEN AND NON-BINARY PEOPLE

HER


HER is an LGBTQ-friendly app that facilitates romantic and platonic relationships.

Basic membership: Free


One month Gold subscription: $14.99


Six month Gold subscription: $71.99


12 month Gold subscription: $89.99


One month Platinum subscription: $24.99


Six month Platinum subscription: $119.99


12 month Platinum subscription: $149.99







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BEST FOR GAY MEN

Grindr


Grindr is the OG dating and hookup app for gay men.

Basic membership: Free


One month of Grindr XTRA: $19.99


Three months of Grindr XTRA: $39.99


One year of Grindr XTRA: $99.99


One month of Grindr Unlimited: $39.99


Three months of Grindr Unlimited: $79.99


One year of Grindr Unlimited: $239.99




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