10 College Date Ideas that are Fun and Affordable

Feb 13, 2020

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Planning out the perfect date is not always the easiest thing to do. You ask, where should we go? Or what should we do? As a college student struggling with money for books, food, and classes, date ideas get even harder to choose. If you don’t have the money, there is no way you can go out on a perfect date, right? Wrong! The perfect date doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. And you don’t have to spend big bucks to have a good time. Here are a few fun and cheap date ideas for the college lovers trying to spice things up.

1. Star Gazing

What is more romantic then gazing at the stars? Absolutely nothing! Star gazing is a flawless date because it gives the perfect opportunity to have amazing deep conversations with that special person. Maybe together you’ll even be able to find the Big Dipper! And all you have to do is grab a blanket and find a nice grassy spot on the campus lawn. The greatest part is it is totally free! 

2. Picnic in a Park

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The best thing about having a picnic at the park as that it’s romantic and inexpensive. You will have to do some food preparation. But luckily a couple sandwiches and some chips, and maybe a couple of cookies are all you will need. Pick a nice tree at your favorite park and lay your blanket down and enjoy!

3. Projector Movie Night

You don’t even have to leave your dorm room for this fun new twist on movie night. Find smart phone projectors for as low as $25.00 on Amazon. Just set the projector to show on the wall or even the ceiling! What is cozier and more fun than cuddling up to watch a movie on the big screen without leaving the comfort of your dorm?

4. School Sporting Event

Most school sporting events are free for students. If you and your date love sports, this is a perfect date! Get in the school spirit and help cheer on your team together. Plus, it’s always tons of fun to have flirty banter about the game, too!

5. Local Artist Concert

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Local talent concerts are usually pretty inexpensive because the musicians are not famous. The best thing about this is you get to enjoy some live music at a great price! This is a great date idea because you get to have some fun and dance. Most importantly, it’s the perfect way to let loose and work off some much-needed steam from a long week of classes.

6. Museum

Check out your local museums and see if they have any free admission times. Most of them have specified time frames where admission is free. For example, the Phoenix Art Museum is free on Wednesdays from 3pm – 9pm. Take that special person to a museum where you can get lost for hours in beauty and knowledge. This is a great date for intriguing conversation about the artifacts that surround you!

7. Go out for Ice Cream

Who doesn’t love ice cream? Going out for ice cream is a great cheap date. Ice cream is fairly inexpensive so this date will satisfy your sweet tooth and your sweetheart at a low cost. The great thing about going out for ice cream is it takes no planning at all. Just stop at your local ice cream shop and have all the ice cream you’d like.

8. Hiking

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If you love the outdoors this is a perfect date idea for you. All you have to do is find a good hiking trail and bring some water and a few snacks for the trip. There is nothing like breathing in the mountain fresh air and getting some good exercise with that special person.

9. Bowling

You can’t go wrong with bowling. It’s a lot of fun, you get to playfully tease each other, and you get to show off you bowling skills if you have them. If not, no worries. You can still have as much fun even if you don’t know how to bowl. Let the good times roll!

10. Pizza and Games on the Lawn

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Mmm, everybody loves pizza! You can make it yourself or you can order in. Either way it’s finger-licking good. Then, throw in some board games and bring it all out to the lawn with a blanket to sit on and you have yourself an awesome date!

To sum up, there are always fun, imaginative ideas for dates that cost little to nothing. These 10 date ideas are just the tips of the iceberg. I’m sure you can come up with more. You are in college! Get creative!

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