The Best Dating Apps
The Best Dating Apps
Student Life

Struggling to find love? Wanting to start dating but not sure where to start? Then keep on scrolling to find the best dating apps for you.

Found your fav online dating app? We also have some pick up lines to get you rolling, cringey or not, it’s a laugh. Have fun & stay safe!


Tinder is a classic of dating apps, and probably the most well known out there. Tinder is a great mix, as you can find casual hookups or if you’re looking for something more serious, relationships. 

Swipe right on those you fancy, and swipe left on those you don’t! Each profile includes their photos, a short bio and you can now even link to your instagram and spotify (a great way to see if your music taste is compatible).

Tinder is free to download and then you can pay for tinder plus, tinder gold and tinder platinum. 

Tinder Plus

With Tinder plus, you can undo your last swipe – so if you suddenly change your mind, you can go back. You also have access to Tinder Passport, where you can change your location to any city in the word, so if you’re tired of the boys in your city, the world is your oyster. You also have unlimited right swipes and can swipe ad free. 

Tinder Gold

Tinder Gold includes everything that you can get on Tinder Plus, but with the added bonus of one boost per month, added profile settings and 5 super likes per day. It also includes a new Like You feature so you can see who likes you before you start swiping. 

Tinder Platinum 

Platinum has every bonus of Gold and Plus, but with Platinum, you can add a note to every superlike you send, which can increase your match-making potential up to 25%.


Hinge is a dating platform that ‘emphasises long-term connections between users’. With fun prompts, voice notes, videos and more, you can start interesting conversations with people based on their profile. Hinge uses a nobel-prize winning algorithm to help you find your match. Hinge is also free to download, but you can invest in a Hinge Membership. 

Hinge Membership

With a Hinge membership, you can access unlimited likes and see who has liked you. You can also add extra filter options to better find your perfect match.


Similar to Tinder, you can swipe left if you don’t like someone, and swipe right to express an interest. Bumble was founded to keep women safe, and give them an opportunity of choice and fun again when it comes to dating apps. So on Bumble, the woman makes the first move. Women have to send their first messages within a certain amount of time, which helps to encourage faster responses and chats. Bumble is not just for dating either! With the Bizz and BFF setting, you can not only find a job, but meet friends too – perfect for if you have just moved to a new city! 

Bumble Boost

With Bumble Boost, you can backtrack, extend the time on your current matches, access unlimited swipes, have one Spotlight per week that helps advance your profile to the top of the stack so your profile is more ‘viewable’. Bumble Boost also gives you five SuperSwipes per week. 

Bumble Premium

Along with Bumble Boost, you can also pay for Bumble Premium! Bumble Premium gives you access to unlimited Advanced filters and access to Beeline so you can see who likes you. It gives access to Travel Mode, so if you’re going away, you can search for love no matter where you are. You can also rematch with matches that have expired and you also have access to incognito mode so you can have more control over who can see your profile while you’re swiping. Like Bumble Boost, you can also extend your time on current matches, access unlimited swipes, one Spotlight per week and five SuperSwipes per week.


Thursday is an ‘offline’ dating app that is only available on, you guessed it, on Thursdays. This is the only day you can match and talk to people, and this is the day you find out where their live events are as well! Thursday is a perfect alternative for people who don’t like the idea of normal dating apps. It allows you to meet like minded people in an event geared towards singles. At the minute, Thursday events are exclusive to London. 

Thursday BlackCard Membership

With Thursday BlackCard Membership, you can access unlimited likes and get boosted.


If you’re gay, bisexual, transgender or part of the LGBTQ+ community, then Grindr is for you. Grindr is the biggest app for this community, so you can find your match, whether that’s for a date, or a casual hookup. Again, Grindr is free to download.

Grindr XTRA

With Grindr XTRA, you can send read receipts, view 500+ profiles, use explore mode, send 5 expiring photos each day and see who you have chatted with. You can also save phrases that you can use in the chat, so you won’t run out of things to say and you have access to XTRA filters, so you can filter your searches better. 

Grindr Unlimited

Grindr Unlimited means you have access to even more features and filters, so you can now view an unlimited number of profiles. You can also see who has viewed your profile, see typing statuses and send an unlimited amount of expiring photos.


Eharmony has been on the go since 2000. Take a compatibility test, and Eharmony will help find the right match for you. You can see recent visitors to your profile, and interact with other users by sending them Smiles, Icebreakers and Greetings. Although the app is initially free for you to download and to use, you do have to pay a subscription fee to see photos of all your matches and for you to have unlimited messaging with them. With the premium subscription, you can also unlock enhanced search features. 

The Best Pick-up Lines

  • ‘I’m going to sue Spotify for not including you in the “Hottest Singles of the Week’ list.”

  • “Can I have your picture so I can show Santa what I want for Christmas.”

  • “If you were a triangle, you’d be an acute one!”

  • “Is your name Google? Because you’re everything I’ve been searching for.”

  • “My to-do list tonight: you.”

  • “Are you made of Copper and Tellurium? Because you’re a CuTe.”

  • “A broken pencil is pointless, but so is life without you.”

  • “My name’s Microsoft, can I crash at your place tonight?”

  • “There’s something wrong with my phone, it doesn’t have your number in it.”

  • “Do you like raisins? How do you feel about a date?”

  • “Are your parents bakers? They made a cutie pie.”

  • “Are you a bank loan, because you have my interest.”

  • “Can you name one similarity between me and a Triceratops? Yes, we’re both horny.”

  • “Are you a frustrating but necessary part of my password? Because you’re one special character.”

  • “Forget Hydrogen, you should be the number one element!”

  • More Advice on Student Life

    So, if you’re looking for love in uni, or even if you’re looking to find new friends, why not try out one of the dating apps listed above. Just remember to stay safe! We hope this has helped you! If you’re looking for more advice and information on how to make the most of your time at University, check out our

    Uni Life Advice Hub


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