10 cheap first date ideas
University is a great place to meet new people and for some, to meet a partner. Dates are an exciting part of university whether you are already in a relationship or you are just getting to know people. You never know where it could lead!
However, being a student, there is a slight possibility that you won’t be able to afford to take your date to The Ritz for dinner. We don’t want to cheapen romance too much, but here are our top 10 ideas (in no particular order) to save the pennies whilst still making a great impression on your first date.
Of course there are many other ideas for budding
romantic cheapskates Romeos and Juliets, so please share your own in the comments below!
Cheap date ideas
Look for deals online, especially deals for students as many places will offer 50% off your food bill. Drinks are typically where the money drains, so if you’re after wine, go straight for one of the cheapest bottles. Otherwise just keep an eye on the prices!
Be sure to check the menu for any offers and set meals that could save you lots of money. Be wary of ‘all you can eat’ deals as you will be determined to get your money’s worth and risk walking out of a restaurant bulging at the seams. Not an attractive look to your date.
Not an obvious choice for ‘cheap dates’, but you can get some fantastic deals as a student on bowling. Great fun for a first date or perhaps a double date with friends.
Perhaps a bit too obvious? But understated nonetheless! This is (of course) a very cheap option for you penny savers and is classically very romantic (weather permitting!).
Walking through the park swinging hands can be a great chance to talk and get some fresh air away from uni work. For those of you a little keener on walking or fitness, maybe plan a hike or a bike ride.
Another romantic yet cheap date. Show off your sandwich making skills and your taste in cheap bottle cider! Probably best left for the summer though..
Keep an eye out for events going on in your local area. Community stuff is great, think about charity festivals or even a school fete. They are usually cheap if not free to attend and a great fun day out.
Free galleries and museums
We’re lucky enough in the UK to enjoy free admission to national museums and galleries. These places conjure up conversation and open your eyes to the wider world.
Students will be well aware of ‘Orange Wednesdays’ but there other student offers out there for other weekdays too.
Definitely take your own goodies to eat during the film, just hide them well in your bag and don’t take anything too noisy to eat.
Markets and car boot sales
There’s likely to be a car boot sale on near you at weekends. They are great fun and of course you can pick up a novelty bargain or two. There is also the opportunity to buy your date a cheap (but meaningful..) present!
Why go out at all? One of my personal favourites is staying in together. Though this is probably better for longer term relationships.
Be romantic and cook your date a meal, it can be a much nicer gesture than spending £40 on a posh restaurant. It shows effort and you can buy a cheap-ish bottle of wine to set the night off..
If all else fails be creative. Look to what you or your date like to do outside of university. You both might be into running or watching sport.
How about karate or dance lessons, or maybe skiing or rock climbing sessions which will appeal to you thrill seekers out there. These are things that you’ll both remember for a long time!
Just keep a lookout for student deals, many which you’ll come across through your student union and sites like this.
Extra tips to help Cupid!
Now that you are full of ideas and equipped to impress your date ‘on the cheap(!)’, there are a few things to remember. Although these ideas are cheap and cheerful it is best to mix them up.
Going for a walk or watching an old DVD for every date gets repetitive and boring. Spread things out, keep variety. Some couples (including the Beckams!) have a ‘date’ night which is a great idea.
I find it a good idea to not go all out on one night, for example a meal out and then clubbing. Split these two things up and turn them into two separate dates. Maybe eat in and then go to the cinema or eat out and watch a DVD.
That’s it! Time to go out and get dating, without breaking the bank! Good luck, and remember to share your own ideas in the comments…