How To Make A Long Distance Relationship Work At University
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How To Make A Long Distance Relationship Work At University

Caitlin Hart August 26, 2022

Leaving for university and knowing your partner won’t be with you can be really difficult, especially if you have been so close by for your whole relationship.

It is important to remember that moving away and gaining independence is a great thing and it could make your relationship even stronger. If you want to keep your relationship going at university, there are a few things that you can do.

Tips to make a long-distance relationship work

Schedule Time

Whether it be a Facetime call or a weekend visit, schedule time with your partner on a regular basis. It doesn’t have to be every night or every week, especially if the distance is quite long, but knowing when you are next going to see or talk to them can make it a lot easier and give you something to look forward to. When you do see or talk to them, dedicate your time to them with no distractions and make the most of it.

Virtual Dates

If you can’t see each other often, it is still really important to have date nights. They keep your relationship fun and exciting.

Young Asian woman receiving a flower bouquet while having a video call on laptop with her lover on Valentine’s Day. Romantic long distance relationship.

Luckily there are a whole host of things that you can do together from miles and miles away. Play an online game together and call while you play or use Netflix Party to have a movie night together. Small date nights can make all the difference.

Don’t Abandon Your University Life

Whilst it can be tempting to make the long journeys every single weekend, or call every single night, remember not to dedicate your whole life to travel to your partner. It’s important to enjoy time at university with your friends and make the most of your time there as it will go so quickly. Set up a time to see your partner but make sure you also have plenty of time to enjoy university too.


When in a long-distance relationship, communication is more important than ever. Your partner often won’t be with you to see that you are upset or worried about something so it is important to communicate this with them. Chat about your relationship and how you feel about your long distance regularly to ensure that you are both happy and on the same page.

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Caitlin Hart is a freelance writer for Freshered and a final year trainee journalist at The University of Sheffield. She is currently one of the Lifestyle Editors for Liberty Belle Magazine and has previously written for publications such as Injection Magazine, Empoword Journalism and Unifresher. Her writing typically focuses on politics and current affairs, in particular opinion and feature pieces, however she writes a variety of content for Freshered, including pieces on student life in Sheffield and entertainment and culture.