Money, money, money. As if tuition, rent, books and beer didn’t strain your budget enough, the social pastime of dating as a full-time student can burn a significant hole in your wallet. Nowadays even the classic dinner and a movie can run upwards of $60.

Fret no more, below are a few dates that will surely satisfy your significant other – and your expense account. So stop spending time in that 12 by 12 dorm room of yours that you think is date-worthy and start enjoying some of the best places Los Angeles has to offer.

Find out if your stars are aligned at Griffith Observatory and Planetarium (2800 East Observatory Rd., Los Angeles), a five-star dating spot since 1935. You might want to hike up to the observatory. No matter how you and your sweetheart get there, you two will be cozying up to one of the most beautiful views of Los Angeles.

Don’t forget to catch a show inside the 300-seat planetarium that uses one of the most advanced star projectors in the world. Work up an appetite in time to grab a delicious meal at the Café, and stay until evening to look up at the planets. By then, you and your partner will have realized you two are lucky to have crossed paths within our expanding universe.

Attending a show is $5 per person and eating at the café should cost no more than $20 for two, making for an awesome date without paying astronomical prices. Badum chhh! For more information, call (213) 473-0800 or visit

Spend an evening laughing the night away by watching a show at the Groundlings (7307 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles), the comedy club that boasts famous alumni such as Lisa Kudrow, Phil Hartman and Will Ferrell. Your “MADtv” and “Saturday Night Live” favorites are even known to pop in on occasion.

Shows run for as little as $12.50 each without the typical two drink minimum. Now that’s something to smile about. Groundlings is definitely one of the city’s premiere comedy clubs. For more information, call (323) 934-4747 or visit

Explore your relationship as you explore all 207-acres of the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens (1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino). The perfect way to study up on your date is by taking a stroll through the 150 acre Rose, Desert and Chinese Gardens. The brand new Chinese Garden is sure to make you feel as if you have traveled much farther than San Marino.

Unpack a picnic lunch while overlooking lotus flowers at the Lily Pond for the perfect romantic setting. Search the spectacular grounds for art collections and exhibits where you can learn anything from evolution and astronomy to the founding of our country.

I can’t promise you will get through everything in a day, but I can promise you won’t be spending a lot as tickets cost only $10 per person. For more information, call (626) 405-2100 or visit

You won’t have to spend big bucks traveling to Mexico for some excellent authentic Mexican cuisine, trinkets, music and cerveza. Olvera Street (845 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles) – location of the first pueblo in Los Angeles – is an authentic Mexican-style marketplace that has about 70 shops, Mariachi music and folkloric dancing on weekends.

Make sure to make a stop at the Olvera Candle Shop for reasonably priced novelty candles, a nice addition to your 12 by 12 room. Food costs around $20 for two, and a nice candle is about $6 – now that is cause for a fiesta!