Cambridge students tell us their most Cambridge-y love stories
Nothing’s more romantic than making room for love in your Google calendar
“I got with a vegan and I’m still ashamed.”
There’s something so heartwarming about Cambridge relationships. Cycling frantically from your sneaky link’s accommodation before Mainsbury’s closes? Pretending not to know each other in the library because one of you is perpetually in an essay crisis? Love at Cambridge has its special quirks.
We asked you what your most Cambridge-y relationship experiences were, and here’s what you had to say:
1. A book in one hand and your SO’s in the other
What do you do when you don’t have time for a library sesh and a romantic evening? You multitask! Lily, a friend at Medwards who spends half her life singing and the other half cycling up the hill, doesn’t quite have time for date night.
Luckily, nobody else here does either, so she and her girlfriend Jasmine “spend most of [their] time in the library.” Want to mix it up a little? Maybe get some chores done too! Lily reports “a lot of library and laundry dates.”
2. It’s a small world with some big personalities
Many Cambridge love stories have happy endings, but others don’t work out too well. With the intensity of the student experience here, it’s no wonder that intense relationships (and their equally intense endings) add some excitement to the day.
Students have reported hiding in Itsu to avoid somebody looking suspiciously like their ex across the street, and others avoid Mainsbury’s altogether in case they see their lost love from a central college. Aldi anyone?
3. Playing Tinder roulette
It’s all fun and games swiping through Cambridge’s hottest undergrads until you see a slightly-too-familiar face. Sometimes it’s a cute library counterpart, other times it’s… a Michaelmas supervisor.
Less than ideal, especially if (like some of the students we talked to) you seem to not be able to distinguish your lefts and rights. Nightmare material! That’s one way of upping that 2.2 to a first.
4. The benefits of dating Etonians
Poshness is generally a grating characteristic, but sometimes it has its perks, as was discovered by one girl who reported turning up to her sneaky link’s accommodation one evening to find out that he had made her a chocolate mousse.
Apparently, though, the mousse was the highlight of the evening.
5. Taking “the plunge”
Maybe your new boo hasn’t met your parents yet, but they’ve made the all-important step of coming to a formal at your college. After all, there’s nothing more flattering than a gown.
One student claimed that “If you can survive three courses of being utterly grilled by your girlfriend’s friends over that much wine, you can survive anything.” What a warrior!
6. Nerding out together <3
“We were watching Harry Potter…”
“The last one. And I cried on his shoulder for an hour…and then he asked me to be his girlfriend!”
Featured image credits: Ruby Cline