Now that we’re getting back into the swing of things on campus, you’re probably looking for some fun, new date ideas for you and bae, right? Look no further. We’ve decided the classic dinner/movie date is way overplayed, so here are some exciting new things to try. And don’t worry—we’ve got every type of campus couple covered.
For the adventurous couple:
For you collegiettes (and baes) seeking a little thrill, here are some date ideas that won’t let you down.
Hiking (or camping, if you’re feeling super adventurous!) is an awesome way to explore the outdoors while also exploring your partner. “I’ve gone on a hiking date with my boyfriend and it was amazing!” says Isabel Calkins, a junior at New York University. “We got to explore just the two of us and get lost and it was truly an adventure. You really get to see a different side of someone when you are sweating and covered in mud from the wilderness.” There’s something about being completely surrounded by nature that will definitely bring you closer to one another.
While the weather is still warm, why not pack some lunches and go rafting for the day? You’ll definitely make some awesome memories and will stay cool in the summer heat.
For the lay-low couple:
If you and your SO would rather keep it low-key but don’t want to Netflix and chill all the time, we understand. Here are some low-key dates that are high-key fun.
3. Quad picnic
Having a picnic on the quad is not only super romantic but also super easy! Go around dinnertime when campus isn’t as crowded and stake out your spot. If your campus isn’t dry, you can even bring a bottle of wine along!
4. Baking night
If you’re a homebody but don’t want to sit on the couch, why not embody Betty Crocker for the night? Look up some recipes on Pinterest you’ve always wanted to try and have a baking party with your SO. Cooking or baking together is a ton of fun, and you’ll have yummy treats to eat and give to your friends! [quote?]
For the wild couple:
Some of us love to drink, dance and get a little crazy. If this sounds like you and bae, here are some dates you’ll love.
5. Bar crawl
If you and your SO love to go out and party, going on a bar crawl together is a great date to try. Go with just the two of you or a group of friends—you’re bound to have an awesome night either way.
6. Dance lessons
As silly as it may sound, taking a dance class with your boyfriend or girlfriend is something you’ll always remember. Salsa, tango…the list goes on. Some universities even offer free ballroom classes! You’ll be laughing all night and, hey, you’ll be the best-looking ones the next time you go out.
For the old-school couple:
If you’re a fan of tradition and want a romantic night with your SO, here’s an idea you’ll love.
Stargazing has been a great date for centuries—and for good reason. There’s nothing quite like laying under the beautiful night sky with the one you love next to you. Bring a portable speaker, or simply listen to the sounds of the night. You’ll never want to leave that spot.
8. Drive-in movies
What’s more romantic than an evening at the drive-in? “My favorite date of all time is going to the drive-in,” says Shelly Adams, a junior at Shenandoah University. “We back my pick-up truck into the spot, lay an old mattress pad down in the bed and cuddle under blankets. It’s super sweet, and a really intimate way to watch a movie because you can talk while the film is showing and no one can hear you. It’s super cheap and super fun; I never miss a chance to go!” Grab some snacks, put the back seat down and cuddle up for a movie (or two).
Whether you and your SO are looking for an adventure or a quiet night together, one of these date ideas is bound to fulfill your needs. Don’t let the typical college dates bog you down—there are a ton of new, exciting dates for you to go on this year!