Being single at uni is fun AF and we're here to show you why!


“I’m single.” Such as simple thing to say, yet it feels somewhat sad, unfortunate, and a bit desperate to say it out loud, to be honest. It’s easy to tell yourself that you should be dating and even maybe meeting “the one” (what a scam lol) at uni, but is it really all it’s made out to be? As a happy, single person, I’m here to give you 8 reasons why being single at uni is the best…

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1.     Control

Yes. Control. When you’re single at uni, you can do whatever you want, whenever you want. There’s no need to care about someone else’s schedule, dining preferences, or even dressing in a way that they like. YOU choose what you want to do, all the time. Waking up at 11 and scrolling through Instagram until 1pm? Sure. Ordering 10 hot chicken wings and eating them while watching Grace and Frankie? You betcha.

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2.     You will save so. Much. Money.

When you’re dating, you’ll inevitably have to give the person you’re dating some presents for holidays, birthdays, and everything in between. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have cash to burn on stuffed animals, chocolate gift sets, or novelty items from Amazon. Being single means you can spend your hard-earned money on whatever *sparks joy* a la Marie Kondo.  

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3.     More time with your friends

We all know that girl. Once they’re in a relationship, they drop their friends and spend all their time with their S.O. Uni is a time where you can build amazing friendships that can last a lifetime. When you’re single, it’s infinitely easier to go on spontaneous lunches after lectures and talk with your friends for hours at Costa.

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4.     Solo dance parties

Shonda Rhimes taught us that dance parties are an essential part of life. Who cares if you’re not the greatest dancer? If you’re alone at home, you don’t have to be self-conscious about how you look. Go on, blast those early 2000 Britney tunes and dance your stress away.

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5.     Going out is way more fun

Have you ever seen a couple on a night out arguing about who looked at whom or why one didn’t get the other the right drink? Not fun. Going out when you’re single means you can wear that new outfit you bought, put on all the makeup you want (or none at all, whatever you like) and go with the flow, without dragging a plus one.

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6.     More time to focus on studying

It’s important to do well at uni. You’re paying to learn and get a degree that will hopefully lead to a job, after all. Unless you’re one of the rare unicorns who do better when studying with someone else, It’s no secret that focusing on your studies alone is more productive, especially when reviewing and compiling notes.  

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7.     WAY less drama

We all love drama. But do we want it in our lives? Not really. I definitely love a Real Housewives binge, but that’s because watching or hearing about the drama is so much more fun than actually being in it. Being the “single friend” (although I hate that label) means your friends will tell you all about their personal drama, and all you have to do is sit and relish.

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8.     Self-discovery

Ha-ha, yes, this is cliché. Though honestly, your uni years are when there’s going to be so many changes and twists in your life, and it’s a time when it’s so important to focus on yourself. What do you want to do with your degree? What hobbies truly make you happy? Which friends are really your ride-or-die? Being single really helps you think about what you want, and although that sounds selfish, you have to remind yourself that you matter.

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In the words of RuPaul, “If you cant love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else?”

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