I can’t be the only one who dreamed about going to boarding school. Growing up and seeing it depicted on TV shows made it seem so cool and the experience of a lifetime. In pop culture, boarding schools have been a central theme in many teen shows that not only featured some of Hollywood’s best up and coming talent, but also introduced audiences to how those types of schools can be represented across the globe. Netflix’s Swedish series Young Royals is one of those programs.

Young Royals premiered on the streaming service on July 1, 2021, and stars Edvin Ryding as Prince Wilhelm who attends Hillerska, a prestigious Swedish boarding school. The show chronicles Prince Wilhelm’s coming-of-age journey as he adjusts to life at the school away from his royal obligations and his evolving complicated relationship with Simon (Omar Rudberg). Malte Gårdinger, Frida Argento, Nikita Uggla, Felicia Truedsson, Carmen Gloria Pérez, Fabian Penje, Ivar Forsling, and Nathalie Varli are also featured in the globally beloved series.

You can stream both seasons 1 and 2 of Young Royals now on Netflix. If you enjoyed that series, here are 6 boarding school teen shows to watch after you finish Young Royals season 2.

Deadly Class (2018–2019)

Who’s in it: Liam James, Benedict Wong, María Gabriela de Faría, Benjamin Wadsworth, Lana Condor, Luke Tennie

Synopsis: “A coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of late 1980s counterculture, which follows a disillusioned teen recruited into a storied high school for assassins.”

Where to watch: Prime Video

Elite (2018 –)

Who’s in it: Itzan Escamilla, Omar Ayuso, Miguel Bernardeau, Arón Piper, Claudia Salas, Georgina Amorós

Synopsis: “When three working-class teenagers begin attending an exclusive private school in Spain, the clash between them and the wealthy students leads to murder.”

Where to watch: Netflix

Fate: The Winx Saga (2021–2022)

Who’s in it: Abigail Cowen, Hannah van der Westhuysen, Freddie Thorp, Danny Griffin, Precious Mustapha, Eliot Salt, Elisha Applebaum

Synopsis: “A live-action adaptation of Nickelodeon’s Winx Club (2004). It follows Bloom as she adjusts to life in the Otherworld, where she must learn to control her dangerous magical powers.”

Where to watch: Netflix

Looking for Alaska (2019)

Who’s in it: Charlie Plummer, Kristine Froseth, Denny Love, Jay Lee, Uriah Shelton, Henry Zaga, Landry Bender, Timothy Simons

Synopsis: “A new arrival at a boarding school falls in love with a beguiling female student.”

Where to watch: Hulu

Vampire Academy (2022 –)

Who’s in it: Sisi Stringer, Daniela Nieves, Kieron Moore, Jonetta Kaiser, J. August Richards, Adam Quintero, André Dae Kim, Anita-Joy Uwajeh

Synopsis: “In a world of privilege and glamour, two young women’s friendship transcends their strikingly different classes as they prepare to complete their education and enter royal vampire society.”

Where to watch: Peacock

Zoey 101 (2005–2008)

Who’s in it: Jamie Lynn Spears, Sean Flynn, Paul Butcher, Alexa Nikolas, Erin Sanders, Victoria Justice, Matthew Underwood, Christopher Massey

Synopsis: “Zoey Brooks and her brother, Dustin, attend their first day at Pacific Coast Academy, a private boarding school that enrolls girls for the first time in its history.”

Where to watch: Netflix, NickHits, Paramount+


Amber Dover is a multimedia journalist with over a decade writing about pop culture. Cat mom with a deep love of horror, you can follow Amber at @Glambergirlblog on Instagram and Twitter.

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