Dating Spots on Campus
Published: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 04:02
Finding places to go on dates can be a little tricky in college. First there is often the issue of not having a car, which typically limits students to places within walking distance.
Don’t get stuck in a rut and continually do the same things all the time. While it is nice to have traditions, routines can get redundant and end up making you bored with the relationship. So I made a list of ideas to help you. Some might seem a little strange, but I’m asking you to just trust me and try it
Try new foods:
This one is so easy to do with Main Street close by. Maybe you or your date have never tried sushi? You should venture to Mizu Sushi Bar. You guys have never tried Indian food? Head over to the Indian Sizzler. Whether you like it or not, it’s a new experience you had together that can bring you closer together—even if it’s just laughing over how you ran right from the sushi bar to Grotto’s for a pizza.
Try new activities:
I believe in trying many new experiences on dates. It may be a little scary to try new experiences, but a little fear can create a nice adrenaline rush.
One of my all time favorite dates was right here on campus. We went on a double date to the UD ice skating rink. (Public skating is open from 8-10 p.m. on Fridays, 1-3 p.m. and 8-10 p.m. on Saturdays, and then 1-3 p.m. on Sundays assuming the rink isn’t being used by the hockey team. It’s free to students to use the rink, and the cost to rent skates is only $3.)
You could also try going for long walks in all the local parks. Just walking together might seem a little awkward, but it’s a nice place to go and be alone, which in college with roommates, classmates and friends can be very rare. White Clay Creek is very close and has some really beautiful trails, reminiscent of a Robert Frost poem in the fall and spring. In the process, you are getting a small amount of exercise which releases endorphins, and you also get to spend time with your date, both of which should make you very happy.
Spend time on campus:
If you are not the type who enjoys exercise you can always watch other people do it. Don’t forget one of the benefits of being on a college campus is that there is always some sport in season. Take your date to go watch the Blue Hens. Hockey games here, for instance are really underestimated. They are complete with games after each period and lots of current loud music- also did I mention they are free for students as well.
Walk through campus to get to your destination. This allows you to learn about your significant other, and for them to learn about you. Take time to point out the things you pass on campus that you have memories associated with, and if your significant other goes here, make sure to ask about his or hers as well.
Go somewhere sweet:
After you go to the ice rink for a skate date, you can stop over at the UD Creamery. Not every campus has it’s own creamery, especially not one as good as ours. Other great places to get sweets near campus include SAS Cupcakes right on Main Street where you can dine in with your cupcake in the cutest shop on Main Street, and Bing’s Bakery, whose pastries compare to none. Both places offer seating for you to seat with your date and talk while you eat great treats. Make sure to get chocolate because it’s chemical properties give you a rush that similar to falling in love.
Go get a milkshake and burger at Cheeburger Cheeburger and then go bowling or to the movies Cinema Center 3 in Newark Shopping Center. Both are offered within walking distance. They may seem cliché, but they are clichés for a reason. They never fall out of a fashion, and they offer great points for conversation later on.