YA in college is becoming more popular, especially since NA didn’t really takeoff and— let’s be real— tends to be more erotica than anything. Let us know if we missed any great YA books set in college. We’re always looking to read more of them. Tell us in the comments which YA books set in college are your favorite!
1. The Ivy series by Lauren Kunze
Welcome to the Ivy league. Set at Harvard, this series has everything: from hot guys, to glamorous parties and a well-educated MC. Callie is from a modest family in California and everything changes when she’s thrown into the world of the Northeast elite. The cast of characters make this story unforgettable.
2. Again, But Better by Christine Riccio
Always wanted to study abroad? Learn all about second chances in this cute story set in London. If you could press a redo button for your life, would you? Because Shane did and the results were not what she thought they would be.
3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Maybe you’re an introvert and do college a bit differently. If so, this is the book for you. Cath is a relatable MC who would rather write fan fiction over attending parties. After all, everyone does college differently.
4. A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall
This cute and quirky story about finding love in college is told through every perspective except the main characters. Seriously, their teacher, the Starbucks employee, and even their friends are invested in Gabe and Lea getting together. Everyone notices their blooming chemistry, but will they?
5. Freshmen by Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison
Phoebe feels like she can reinvent herself and get a fresh start. Luke never imagined how drastically things would change for him. The two never talked in high school, but are thrown together in a new environment. Set at a university in the UK, this story shows both the fun and hurdles in college.
6. Frat Girl by Kelly Roache
Ever wonder what the inner workings of a fraternity are like? So did Cassie. She has one shot to get an elite scholarship. Her idea? Infiltrate a fraternity that’s on probation and get the inside scoop. But doing so is not as easy as she thought, especially when she develops feelings for one of the guys.
7. We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han
The third book in this trilogy has Belly finishing her freshman year of college with her boyfriend Jeremiah by her side. But, a lot of things have changed in the past few years and Belly has to come to terms with the fact that things can’t always stay the same. Her past with an old flame comes back and Belly quickly questions everything she planned.
8. Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando
Elizabeth and Lauren learn that they will be roommates at the University of California the summer before college begins. They start out by asking each other basic questions about their dorm set up. Quickly, the become friends and are there for each other through difficult moments during the summer. Despite never meeting, they start to go through these major life changes together.
9. Love, Lucy by April Linder
Lucy has a dream summer before college, backpacking through Europe. In Florence she meets Jesse, her sweet summer fling. When she returns home, she thought she had put her brief romance behind her and is ready to find someone new in college. Through the story, she struggles with whether first loves can last. At the same time, she is trying to find herself when the path she wants to peruse is so different from the one her parents have planned.