Dates to Suit Your Budget and Your Love Life!

Whether you’re in a relationship or not, there is a high chance that during your time as a student you will be going on a date. I’m currently in a long distance relationship and, whenever my boyfriend comes to visit, we’re on the hunt for date ideas in Cardiff that are affordable and fun. Here are some things that I’ve found so far. 

The classic dinner date

There are loads of great places to eat in Cardiff that won’t break the bank. A very easy place to go during the week is Pizza Express. On Mondays and Tuesdays, you can get 40% off with your NUS Card and on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays you can get 20% off. Italian is an easy style of food, likely to suit most people’s needs and ideal for a first date suggestion if you don’t know their tastes. You can find loads more options on the EAT section of My Uni Basics along with average meal costs. My personal favourite is the ‘Bring Your Own Booze’ restaurants - bring along your favourite drinks and enjoy a delicious meal at the same time. There’s also a section designed for Date Night.

Also, if you have a Tesco Clubcard, or are part of any other reward schemes, keep an eye out for offers that they have. With Tesco Clubcard, you can often get vouchers for money off your meals at chain restaurants such as Pizza Express, Ask Italian, and Prezzo.

If You’re Feeling Cultured

…Or want to pretend that you are, the Cardiff Art Museum could be the date for you! The museum has free entry so you don’t have anything to lose. If you don’t understand the art, you can at least make fun of it. Or, if you both have an interest in this area, you could create great conversation and kill any awkward silences on your first few dates. It’s also right by the Cardiff Uni Campus and a five-minute walk from town. 29 Park Place is a lush restaurant close by if you’re looking for a bite to eat afterwards.

Now my personal favourite date idea in Cardiff is the Premiere Cinema in the Capitol Shopping Centre. It costs only £3 per visit for students and the food inside isn’t ridiculously overpriced. While I never recommend a cinema as a first date (too much silence in the dark), if you’ve been dating someone for a while and are looking to kill a couple hours, this cinema is great. Seats aren’t allocated and the screening rooms are always clean and tidy. I would highly recommend. 

If you’re just looking for something to do

… Then I’d really recommend walking around The Arcades. If you’re looking for a guide to the arcades (including where to eat) check out this section. From vintage clothes to hairdressers, to joke shops to tattoo parlours, there is something for everyone. They are such a landmark in Cardiff and need to be visited. For the quirky among us, the vintage clothes shops will definitely inspire your wardrobe and, sometimes, all you need on a date is something to talk about and look at. 

“ The Arcades are such a landmark in Cardiff and need to be visited ”

If you are in The Arcades you have to visit Science Cream where they a huge variety of ice cream using liquid nitrogen. Be warned, during the winter months, it is only open on the weekends but as soon as spring hits it is open every day of the week! If you’re looking for something a bit different then this ice cream parlour could be the one for you.

Cooking a meal together

I know that this may seem really boring as you cook for yourself every day but splashing out on some more expensive ingredients can make it feel a little more exciting. If your flat or house is anything like mine, there will be at least one night a week where everyone will be out for pre-drinks or at the pub. This means you can have the whole kitchen to yourself or turn your room into a cinema and watch your favourite film or show on Netflix. 

There are so many things to do and see in Cardiff. If it’s sunny, then you could add in a stroll around Bute Park or a look around Cardiff Castle for your date. See more ideas for exploring here.

All of the above are affordable ideas for what you could do in this city. I hope they give you some good inspiration. 

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Written by Emma Videan, 9 months ago
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