The Best College Romance K-Dramas to Watch For All the ~Kilig~ Feels

Expect tons of heart-fluttering moments.
by Leika Golez   |  Nov 24, 2022
Image: (LEFT TO RIGHT) Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo/Netflix, My ID is Gangnam Beauty/Netflix
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There are numerous ways to make yourself feel better on a bad day. Although we'll never stop relying on good old spa sessions and retail therapy, curling up with a feel-good, swoon-worthy show is a more affordable alternative. Our tip: Tune into a college romance K-drama for maximum kilig! They're filled with cheesy lines and cute cast members, AKA the only two things you need to perk up your mood. Scroll through some of our top recs below!

1. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo

THE CAST:  Lee Sung-kyung, Nam Joo-hyuk

THE PLOT: A collegiate weightlifter falls in love with her childhood friend while working towards her dream of being a gold medalist. 

AVAILABLE ON: Netflix, Viu, Viki

2. Nevertheless 

THE CAST:  Han So-hee, Song Kang, Chae Jong-hyeop

THE PLOT: Two art classmates start a friends-with-benefits relationship that changes their initial perspective on love and dating. 

AVAILABLE ON: Netflix

3. My ID Is Gangnam Beauty

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THE CAST: Im so-hyang, Cha Eun-woo, Jo Woo-ri, Kwak Dong-yeon

THE PLOT: A bullied student gets plastic surgery and reunites with a childhood acquaintance during her freshman year. 

AVAILABLE ON: Netflix, Viu

4. Cheese In The Trap

THE CAST:  Park Hae-jin, Kim Go-eun, Seo Kang-joon, Lee Sung-kyung

THE PLOT: As she juggles studies and a part-time job, a hard working university student forms an unexpected bond with a deceitful student. 

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AVAILABLE ON: iQIYI

5. At A Distance, Spring Is Green

THE CAST: Park Ji-hoon, Kang Min-ah, Bae In-hyuk

THE PLOT: Three university students with contrasting personalities discover navigate the difficulties of adulthood and young love together. 

AVAILABLE ON: iQIYI

6. Heartstrings

THE CAST: Park Shin-hye, Jung Yong-hwa

THE PLOT: A feisty traditional music prodigy is fascinated by a rock band vocalist upon watching his live performance. 

AVAILABLE ON: Viki

7. Go Back Couple 

THE CAST: Son Ho-Jun, Jang Na-Ra

THE PLOT: On the verge of getting a divorce, a married couple travel back in time and revisit their nostalgic days as college sweethearts. 

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AVAILABLE ON: Netflix, Viu, iQIYI

8. Reply 1994

THE CAST:  Go Ara, Jung Woo, Yoo Yeon-seok, Kim Sung-kyun, Son Ho-jun, Baro, Min Do-hee, Sung Dong-il, Lee Il-hwa

THE PLOT: Six college students live together in a new boarding house in Seoul amidst the peak of college basketball and Korea's hip-hop artists.

AVAILABLE ON: iQIYI

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