Cheap Dates For College Couples

11 Oct

Is it just me, or have you noticed how a lot of students around the city are wearing t-shirts that say “broke ass college student?” As a “broke ass college student” myself, I can definitely relate. Many students in college choose not work, but those that do tend to only be part-time. As a result,  this can have a big effect on your social life; and if you’re in a  relationship, your significant other may feel this effect as well. Unfortunately, many students use the little money they earn on school, and other basic needs.These are supposed to be the best years of your life, so why not start enjoying them? Don’t let money hold you back!   

With the rising cost of tuition as well as other expenses, living on a budget for a “broke ass college student” can be difficult. On the same note, living in the city can be expensive, but dating doesn’t have to be! Chicago College Life searched for cheap but fun date ideas that you can enjoy with your main squeeze whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, or some other occasion..

Check out these free events taking place in the city:

Do you remember the last time you attended the museum? Most museums offer free admission days. Take your honey out for a cultural endeavor, and learn something new on these dates in October:

The Adler Planetarium – October: 12, 19 & 26
The Art Institute of Chicago – October 14, 21, 28 from 5-8 pm
Chicago History Museum – October: 18 & 25
Field Museum October: 13-14, & 19-20
Loyola University Museum of Art – October: 12, 19 & 26
Museum of Contemporary Art – October: 12, 19 & 26
Museum of Science and Industry October: 4-6
Shedd Aquarium – October: 12, 18-19, & 25-26

Do you or your boyfriend/girlfriend have a love for music/free concerts?

Chicago is known for its free music events and inexpensive concerts. Check out Kingston Mines where it is free admission Sunday-Wednesday nights. 21 and over, free as long as you have your student ID. You also can periodically look at the Chicago traveler webpage: http://www.chicagotraveler.com/calendars/chicago-events-calendar.htm which lists all of the upcoming events taking place in the city.

Are you more of a sporty couple?

If you and your significant other are into sports you can always go to your college campus’ recreation center. As long as you both are students there is no cost. Also, many campuses have bowling alleys that offer student discounts.  If you like attending live sporting events many colleges offer student discounts for Chicago Bulls games, Blackhawks games, Fire soccer games, etc. Check with your student activities center to find out more about these deals. Is transportation to these events a problem? Hawkeyes bar and grill  in the UIC area offers rides to the Bears games as well as Blackhawk games for a very low price. The shuttle to the bears game costs $7 and the blackhawks shuttle costs $5.

Do you have a passion for cooking/eating delicious food?

Cook together. Restaurants in the city can be very expensive, take this as an opportunity to bond. Look up recipes online and recreate your favorite meals using inexpensive ingredients. Here is an easy recipe to follow:

Last Minute Lasagna  

All you’ll need is

1 26-ounce jar pasta sauce

30-ounce bags frozen large cheese ravioli, unthawed

1 10-ounce box frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed of excess water

8-ounce bag shredded mozzarella

1/2 cup grated Parmesan

Really set the mood with some inexpensive candles, flowers from your local grocer, and a fancy table cloth.

Another option is to visit the ever so famous Millennium Park. Check out the giant bean and have a picnic in the park!

Are you more into the bar scene?

Check out Anatasia’s feature to find out about drink specials around the city: https://chicagocollegelife.wordpress.com/2010/10/03/man-i-love-college/

Dating on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t have fun, you just need to be more creative! Next time you’re walking around the city look at your surroundings, there are many different fun things you can do without breaking the bank.

-Megan

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