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Dating on a College Budget

For some reason everyone thinks of hookups when you say you have a boyfriend in college. Why is it assumed that the only relationship you can have is one that is not in the least bit a commitment when you go to college? Here’s a little bit of a disclaimer: you can have a committed relationship in college, and honestly at age in your life. The trick here is actually being committed, surprise. Yes of course, there are people out there that only want hookups. However, there are also people that want a real long-term relationship, you just have to be able to find them.

For me, I have never been the type of person to lead another on or just be together for a short amount of time. There are tons of other girls out there just like me. In fact, most girls want a long-term relationship. It seems to be the men out there that just aren’t into commitment. It can be a pretty scary word for guys to be honest. Anyways, I am a freshman in college right now. For the years after sophomore year, I took a break with relationships. Girls, this was honestly such a good decision. Until this year (well just a couple of months ago) I was single as a Pringle, as they say. The time alone to myself helped me to decide what I want in a significant other and also what I didn’t want. Let it be known, that I also didn’t compromise with my expectations of what qualities I wanted in a boyfriend once college came.

Back to the topic on hand, dating in college for one is ulimately no different than dating at any other age. Yes, we are both broke college students but there are always things to do on campus or near campus for us to do together. The blog is going to be a list of activities that college couples can do together, other than the typical going out to party “date”, if that’s what you call it. Here are just some of the activities my boyfriend and I have found on or near our campus so far.

  1. Walking Trails- Right behind our campus (actually in the woods of our campus) there are a couple of small pond. We had heard of these and the walking paths that bring you there and decided to go on an adventure. Our campus owns these walking paths and there is actually a group that goes on weekly “Wellness Walks” on them. Chances are most campuses have something similar that you and your significant other can explore the outdoors together in. *Hint* Make sure you wear sneakers and dress for the weather because it could end up being longer than you think it is.

    A picture from our nature walk together (we also took the feature image on our nature walk!)
  2. Watching the Sunset- This kind of goes hand in hand with the walking trials since we walked to the ponds to watch the sunset together. The weather app on the iPhone actually tells you the exact time that the sun sets which is super duper helpful. Again, make sure you dress appropriately for the weather since it does get chilly after the sun sets.

    The sunset at the lake on campus
  3. Get Involved with a Group on Campus Together- My boyfriend and I joined an organization on campus called Program Council. This organization is basically the one that plans all of the events on campus such as homecoming, springfest, and even smaller activities like karaoke and bingo. Usually there is something similar to this at each campus. Joining together has given us the opportunities to attend the weekly meetings together, go the the events together, and even volunteer to help run the events together. It’s a great feeling to know that you both have similar interests in the same organization and it’s even better to make a set of friends together.
  4. Watch Netflix- This is one that probably every couple does. This was mainly our first month of being together since it was a cold winter. When the weather is bad and there’s nothing else to do, you can’t go wrong with a romance movie or binge watching the Fuller House series.
  5. Dining Hall Dates- Okay, I realize this is super cheesy and cheap for a “date” but let me explain. Typically, I go to the dining halls for meals with more than one person, my roomie, my friend, my boyfriend, or other people in the building since we’re all in the same friend group. However, it is also nice to have a dinner with just your significant other, yes I know it’s at the dining hall and not a fancy restaurant but time with your man doesn’t have to include spending money. Reminder, how much are you spending for your meal plan again? Use it. Go on dining hall dates. End of story.

I’m sure that there are plenty of other events and activities that at the moment I’m forgetting on this list so please comment the “dates” you’ve discovered on your campus! Also let us know in the comments whether or not you’d like a “Dating on a College Budget 2”!

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