Campus Crush: A Guide to the Most Swoon-Worthy Romance Novels at University

Campus Crush highlights the most swoon-worthy romance novels set in the exciting world of university life.

University can be a time of newfound freedom, exploration, and romance. With new people to meet and exciting experiences to be had, it’s no surprise that romance novels set on campus are a popular genre. Here are some of the most swoon-worthy romance novels set in university settings.



“The Deal” by Elle Kennedy

“The Deal” by Elle Kennedy is the first in her “Off-Campus” series and follows the story of Garrett Graham, a hockey player with a reputation, and Hannah Wells, a music student with a tragic past. When Garrett needs help passing a class, he strikes a deal with Hannah: he’ll help her win over her crush if she helps him pass his class. What follows is a fun and flirty romance with plenty of chemistry between the two protagonists.



“Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell

“Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell is a coming-of-age story that explores themes of love, loss, and identity. The novel follows Cath, a freshman in college who is struggling to find her place in the world. When she meets Levi, a charming and confident boy who is always there to lend a listening ear, Cath begins to open up and explore the world outside of her comfort zone.



“The Ivy Years” series by Sarina Bowen

“The Ivy Years” series by Sarina Bowen is a series of interconnected novels that take place at an elite university in the northeast. Each book in the series follows a different couple as they navigate the challenges of college life, including academic pressures, social hierarchies, and personal growth. These novels offer a diverse and inclusive cast of characters, with themes of family, friendship, and love at their core.



“The Hating Game” by Sally Thorne

“The Hating Game” by Sally Thorne is a workplace romance that takes place at a publishing company. Lucy and Josh are both executive assistants to the co-CEOs, and they hate each other. But when a promotion is on the line, they are forced to work together and confront their feelings for each other. This novel offers a mix of witty banter, steamy romance, and a satisfying enemies-to-lovers trope.


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