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Affordable date ideas for college students

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Oh, the excitement of dating in college. There's so many people to meet and enjoy your time with. But, life as a college student isn’t always easy, especially when it comes to budgeting. Going out on dinner dates could rack up the dollars real quick. So instead, here are a few date ideas that won’t break the bank:

Picnic in the park

A picnic allows you to spend quality time together, away from distractions and technology. Bring a blanket, some snacks, a fun drink and enjoy the beautiful scenery. For UK students, a great local spot for a picnic that is close on campus is the Arboretum!


Thrifting is like going on a treasure hunt. You never know what you'll find, and the thrill of the search is exciting. You can even pick out a vintage outfit for each other and try it on!

Movie night at home

Rent a movie or stream one online, make some popcorn and snuggle up on the couch.


Explore nature together and take in the sights and sounds of the great outdoors. You can enjoy panoramic views, waterfalls or other natural features that can make your date more memorable.

Board game night

Bring out your favorite board games or card games and spend the evening playing games and having fun.

Cooking together

Make a meal together or bake a fun dessert. You can even have a cook-off to see who can make the best dish!

Coffee or dessert date

Meet up at a local coffee shop or bakery for a low-key, low-cost date. This is a perfect place to have long conversations and get to know the other person better.


Once the sun has set, grab a blanket and go outside. See how many constellations each of you can recognize.

Bookstore browsing

Spend an afternoon browsing books and chatting about your favorite authors and genres. This is another great way to get to know the other person on a deeper level.


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