Most of the audience who watch Korean dramas are high schoolers and college students. Hence, school dramas are popular among them. Here are some popular Kdramas set in a college or high school that you should watch.
1. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
A heartwarming coming-of-age story about a girl named Bok Joo who dreams of becoming a weightlifting champion. Facing challenges and self-doubt, she finds support in her friends and family, especially her childhood friend, Joon Hyung.
The drama stars Nam Joo Hyuk and Lee Sung Kyung as the main leads and is now available to stream on Netflix, Viki, and Prime Video.
2. True Beauty
Bullied Ju Kyung masters makeup, transforming into a “goddess” at her new school. Popularity blooms, but can she maintain the secret? Two charming guys unravel her secret, forcing her to confront her inner beauty and find true love.
The cast includes Moon Ga Young, Hwang In Yeop, and Cha Eun Woo, forming a love triangle. Watch it on Netflix or Viki.
3. Weak Hero Class 1
The story of a seemingly frail yet brilliant student who uses his sharp mind and unorthodox methods to fight against bullies in his ruthless high school. His loyal friends join him in exposing dark secrets and fighting for justice.
This high-rated drama stars Park Ji Hoon, Choi Hyun Wook, and Hong Kyung. It is currently streaming on Viki.
4. Moment Of Eighteen
The drama is about a misunderstood loner who transfers to a new high school. There, he meets a girl and a seemingly perfect boy. Together, they learn about friendship, love, and the importance of staying true to themselves.
Starring Ong Seong Wu, Kim Hyang Gi, and Shin Seung Ho, this high school drama is available for streaming on Viki, Netflix, and Kocowa.
5. School 2017
The drama follows a bubbly aspiring webtoon artist and her classmates as they go through the pressures of high school, deal with a mysterious troublemaker known as “Student X,” and uncover secrets that shake their world.
It stars Kim Se Jeong, Kim Jung Hyun, and Jang Dong Yoon in the lead roles. You can watch it on Netflix, Kocowa, and Viki.
6. Extraordinary You
This is a fantasy drama where high schooler Eun Dan Oh discovers she’s trapped in a webtoon. Determined to rewrite her predictable fate, she defies the script, seeking love and challenging the all-powerful writer.
The drama stars Rowoon, Kim Hye Yoon, and Lee Jae Wook, and it is available to watch on Viki and Kocowa.
7. Dream High
Six teens chase K-pop stardom at Kirin High, a prestigious arts school. From a farm boy with hidden talent to a debt-ridden diva, they go through training, romance, and competition while chasing their dreams.
Bae Suzy, IU, Kim Soo Hyun, and Ok Taecyeon lead the cast in this musical melodrama, now streaming on Viki and Netflix.
8. My ID is Gangnam Beauty
Bullied for her looks, a girl gets plastic surgery for a fresh start at college. However, she faces new challenges when she is labeled a “Gangnam Beauty.” Can she find her true self amidst the pressure of beauty standards and find love?
The drama stars Im Soo Hyang and Cha Eun Woo in the lead roles, along with Jo Woo Ri and Kwak Dong Yeon. Watch it on Netflix, Prime Video, or Viki.
9. Sassy, Go Go
This high school drama features elite cheerleaders and rebellious street dancers clashing and merging to save their clubs, igniting friendships, rivalries, and a sizzling romance against the backdrop of high school pressure.
The cast includes Jung Eun Ji, Lee Won Keun, Chae Soo Bin, and Kim Ji Soo. It is now streaming on Viki and Kocowa.
10. Who Are You: School 2015
Twin sisters, one rich and one a bullied orphan, switch lives after a disappearance. Memory loss, secrets, and a forbidden romance unravel the truth in this high school drama of identity, family, and belonging.
Kim So Hyun, Nam Joo Hyuk, and Yook Sung Jae form a love triangle in this drama. You can watch it on Netflix, Viki, or YouTube.
11. Reply 1997
The drama centers on the lives of six friends. The timeline jumps back and forth between 1997, when they were 18 years old and 2012, when they are 33 years old at their high school reunion dinner.
It stars Jung Eun Ji, Seo In Guk, Lee Ho Won, Shin So Yool, Eun Ji Won, and more. It is available to watch on Viki and Prime Video.
12. Love Alarm
It tells the story of a mobile app that notifies the user whether someone within a 10-meter radius has romantic feelings for them. But it doesn’t reveal specific details about the person.
Watch Kim So Hyun, Jung Ga Ram, and Song Kang as they get into a love triangle. It is exclusively streaming on Netflix.
13. At a Distance, Spring is Green
Underneath sunny exteriors, university students Yeo Jun, So Bin, and Soo Hyeon grapple with hidden burdens, forming an unlikely bond as they navigate love, friendship, and the harsh realities of youth.
The cast includes Park Ji Hoon, Kang Min Ah, Bae In Hyuk, and Kwon Eun Bin. You can watch the drama on Viki.
14. Class Of Lies
This thriller drama is about a lawyer who becomes a temporary teacher at a high school that is tied to a case. He begins to witness the crimes that take place and tries to protect the victims from their peers.
It stars Yoon Kyun Sang, Geum Sae Rok, Lee Jun Young, Choi Yoo Hwa, and more. It is now available to stream on Viki.
15. School 2021
Another installment of the school series, it is about a group of high school students at a vocational school who struggle to chase their dreams instead of focusing on college entrance exams.
The cast includes Kim Yo Han, Choo Young Woo, Hwang Bo Reum Byeol, and Cho Yi Hyun. You can watch this drama on Viki.
16. Seasons Of Blossom
A former student returns to her high school as a teacher, haunted by the death of her first love. She meets his brother, seeking answers, while teens navigate friendship, bullying, and the bittersweet beauty of youth.
The drama stars Seo Ji Hoon, So Ju Yeon, Kim Min Kyu, Kang Hye Won, and Yoon Hyun Soo. It is available on Viki.
If you’ve already graduated, remember your school and college days by watching these dramas. You will get to see friendship, love, and struggles in all of them.