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What You Expect Dating To Be Like After University Vs. The Reality

For all you fresh new grads, it’s an exciting time for your dating life. After moving to a big city with a paid job that has absolutely no connection with your university degree, you’ve got a whole new dating world to look forward to…right?


1. “Now I’m in the working world, I’ll be dating more mature people.”

People don’t change, and even if they do, it’s never that quickly. Just because people have left university does not mean that their casual attitude to dating has changed in the slightest. Sorry.


 2. “Finally I can have a relationship with who I want and not have to worry about uni gossip.”

Clearly you haven’t spent more than a week in an office environment if you still believe that you have escaped gossip.

 3. “At last I’ll be able to afford to go to nice places.”

Have you heard of rent, bills, or the price of a food shop nowadays?! That’s where the vast majority of your money will be spent, so you can forget about date night at the Chiltern Firehouse. You thought students were skint? Ha!

 4. “There will be so many new people for me to meet!”

Yes and the vast majority of them will be a lot older. Nearly everyone at uni was near enough your own age, so at least the chances of spending your nights out with people old enough to be your parents were minimal. Oh well, cougars and sugar daddies are the way forward. Right?



5. “I’ll have more time to date as I won’t be spending all my nights either out or in the library.”

Since when is a 9 to 5 job actually 9 to 5? Don’t be fooled. You can look forward to a good few years of being overworked and underpaid. Work can take precedence over everything else, and leave very little time for dating. Knowing your luck, you’ll end up dating someone with a job working shifts leaving you no time at all to see each other!

6. For those of you already in a relationship, now you’re earning money you start thinking about renting or a buying together…

Oh dear. They say that if the price of chicken increased at the same rate as house prices, a 2.5kg chicken would cost you 51 quid. So if we do a few calculations you will see that buying a house together on your graduate salaries is IMPOSSIBLE.

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 7. One night stands are behind you, and now it’s time for a relationship. Which means one thing if nothing else – regular sex.

What world do you live in if you think one night stands only exist at university!? Just because those days are behind you doesn’t mean everyone else wants a serious relationship now. And for those of you who have had to move back in with your parents – you may just have to put your sex life on hold for the foreseeable future.

8. “Maybe I’ll have a digital age romance and meet someone online”

Yes, has released the statistic that 1 in 5 relationships now start online but unless you are looking to pay for a membership then just accept the fact that being on Tinder is your best chance of getting a date. If you don’t have the time or money to actually meet your matches, at least you can engage in awkward hellos, small talk or full blown sex talk. What more could you ask for?

Thanks, life.

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