by John Leung

As the weather gets colder and our credit balance gets higher, we’re more likely to experience the “new year blues”. For most university students, January seems perfect because we are being reunited with our friends after a two-week winter break, and we’re starting new classes so we don’t have a lot of assignments yet.

Those who are in a committed relationship might be having some difficulties brainstorming new and creative date ideas while recovering from an expensive Christmas season and saving money for Valentine’s Day.

Luckily, Cupid (me) has come early to suggest some low-cost and not to mention WARM winter dates for couples or even friends or individuals as well.


1. Toronto Marlies

For as low as per person, you can watch a Toronto Marlies hockey game live.The Marlies are minor hockey players so the tickets are significantly cheaper than NHL tickets. Also, the Marlies are at the top of Eastern standings, so they have a higher chance of winning compared to the Maple Leafs.


2. Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)

TripAdvisor has ranked the ROM as the #5 must-see in Toronto. During my orientation this year, the New-C’s and I had our semi-formal night at the ROM. I really enjoyed that visit especially the large variety of unique displays. Best of all, it’s free on Tuesdays for students and on Friday from 4:30-8:30 pm.


3. Board Game Cafés

The best thing about these cafés is that you can spend as much time as you want there playing different board games. If you get hungry or thirsty, you can order some food or a hot drink. I would recommend a place like Snakes & Lattes that charges per person with an entrance fee rather than an hourly rate, this way you don’t need to worry about your length of stay and you can focus on the board games.


4. Varsity Skating

Take advantage of Varsity’s recreational skating drop-in since it is located so close to us. This is perfect for all the skaters who don’t feel like skating outside and embracing the Ontario cold.


5. Homemade Feast

Enjoy a feast at the comfort of your home. You can simply make the food from scratch to save money – bake your own pizza, for example – or buy a variety of goods from the supermarket, such as sushi, snacks and fruit. After this fabulous dinner, spend an evening playing board games or watching a movie or two.



6. The Underground Dance Centre

Various dance classes are offered every day, ranging from jazz to hip pop to contemporary. The classes are also divided into beginner and intermediate. This is the perfect chance to improve your dance skills and impress your friends at the next big party. It only costs /lesson or /lesson if you sign up to become a member.

logo - Underground Dance Centre, Toronto


7. St. Lawrence Market

St. Lawrence Market has been recognized by National Geographic as the No. 1 food market in the world, so what are you waiting for? Get down there for an amazing treat for the senses and make the most of over 100 food vendors and artisans – the farmer’s market is open Saturdays from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. There’s also a big antiques and vintage market on Sundays featuring a huge variety of random and occasionally bizarre items.


8. Sky Zone

The first indoor trampoline park, Sky Zone opened in 2013. For an hour of jumping, it will only cost . Sky Robics are also available for /class. Also, SPC card holders will receive a special promotion. Take off your shoes and get jumping! This can be your exercise for the day – and even better, it’s great fun.


I hope that I was able to suggest some useful, cheap and warm date ideas for everyone. If you know of another great winter date that won’t break the bank, comment below!