9 Low Cost Date Ideas

Wednesday, February 15, 2023
Every day is a great day for some quality time with those you love. Whether you’re looking to spend time with your partner, your friends, or just yourself, here are 9 things to do on campus and in the Charlotte area that are sure to make for a great time. 
Have an indoor picnic
Worried about North Carolina weather? Look no further than an indoor picnic. Just grab a blanket, your favorite foods, and some decorations and you'll have the cutest (and weather safe) date.

Cheer on your favorite team
Our Charlotte 49ers have no shortage of games to attend and students can get free tickets to a majority of them! 
Looking to get off campus for a bit? Hop on the light rail to one of Charlotte’s professional sporting events. See alumnus Brandt Bronico ‘17 take the field with Charlotte FC or head to the Spectrum Center for a night with the Charlotte Hornets
Take a hike
Weather permitting, take your date on a hike or nature walk for some amazing views. There are a multitude of walking trails and hikes on campus, in the Botanical Gardens, and throughout the city
Plan the perfect movie marathon
Plan the most extravagant movie night in! Bring snacks and take turns picking a topic and movies of your choice. Have a long distance partner? Hop on Zoom, Netflix Party, or Scener to watch movies together.
Experience the Mint Museum
Art connoisseurs and appreciators alike will enjoy the Mint Museum in Uptown Charlotte. Tickets for college students are only $10 and everyone has FREE admission every Wednesday from 5-9 p.m. 
Relax with a spa night
Looking for a time to relax? There’s nothing better than a DIY spa night! Grab your date and spend the day making face masks, scrubs, and hair masks galore. 


Watch the sunrise (or set)
A semi-spontaneous sunrise or sunset date is a perfect and easy date idea. Head to a parking deck on campus to see the sky in all its glory! 
Explore the Lovers Art Trail
Looking for a combination of trails and the perfect Instagram photo spot? Look no further than the Lovers Art Trail uptown. These murals will make the perfect backdrop to a stroll with your loved one. 
Cook a meal together
If you’re looking for something cute and simple, make a nice meal with your partner. More of the competitive type? Go full on cooking show mode with challenges and judging!