Z and I did this for a week and people came up to the third floor lounge just to see us
You get a surprisingly good workout for your calves
Introduce each other to your favorite shows
Try to go for shows that wrapped up first so you’re not worried about catching up when you’re too busy with schoolwork
Pack a picnic and go to the park
We made sandwiches, brought a blanket, a bluetooth speaker so we could play music, and a frisbee and spent hours relaxing with one another
Host a small party with your friends, particularly couples
Play Cards Against Humanity or Settlers of Catan at this party. It’s fun seeing the different types of personalities that come together in these settings
But like… Strip cards. Strip Go Fish, Strip Pokemon, Strip Speed, whathaveyou. Loser has to do most the work for the winner.
Go to the on campus gym
Seriously. It’s free to students, there’s plenty to do, and you don’t really have to be attached at the hip if you don’t want to. Run on treadmills next to each other; lift weights and spot one another; do yoga or zumba together
And then you get to shower together afterwards (any shower is a two-person shower if you believe enough)
Meet up with each other between classes for lunch
You can meet up with friends too, but either way, you’ll have some time with them
Take turns swiping each other for food, if that’s what your school has. It’s like quasi-buying them food like you would on the town. Just pretend it’s not school food and you’re golden
Do homework together
It doesn’t matter if you’re in the same classes or not, or even the same subjects. Studying with someone- not necessarily quizzing one another, but being in the same room together- is great at reducing your stress levels because you can help the other person when they’re stuck and get them to take a break when they’re too worked up
Plus study breaks are pretty fun
Play video games together
Even single player. There are some people (like me) who are perfectly content and enjoy watching other people play video games
Have game night with your friends
play drunk gaming. Drinking and Driving: Mario Kart with alcohol. Finish your beer (or whatever drink you choose) before the end of the race, BUT you cannot drink and drive so pull over to take a pull. There’s so many game variations like this, they’re fun and silly and for different sized crowds so you can be just the two of you or even you two plus friends.
Go old school and play drinking games like Slap Cup or Kings or True American (from New Girl, actually really fun) or Straight Face or Never Have I Ever or T-Rex. Put a mustache somewhere on a TV screen, having someone do the same, and have everyone else choose a team (yours or theirs) and watch a movie. Whomever’s team’s mustache gets a perfect face behind it, gets a drink or a shot- you decide on the drink rules. There are so many drinking games, you’ll never run out of fun stuff to do. And generally, for these kinds of parties, guests are encouraged to bring drinks and snacks too, instead of relying on you to provide everything so it shouldn’t be super expensive.
Read out loud to each other
Yes, do story time. Pick a book you both want to read or enjoy and take turns reading to each other. Z and I took turns at the chapters with Jurassic Park. His roomate read aloud to us a couple times too because he was jealous and wanted to join in. It was fun and a good bonding experience for all of us.
Lay together and talk
That’s all there really is to it. Talk about your day, your childhood, your family. Talk about nothing. Just enjoy their company and their warmth
Plan movie nights
Set a theme to the movies, whether it’s genre or the same actor or even just movies one person loves. For example; Disney night. Watch Disney movies- maybe make it more challenging and set a restriction on how old they can be; Billy Crystal night. Watch Monsters Inc and Monsters University and When Harry Met Sally and Howl’s Moving Castle, because he was in all of them. Take turns picking movies or take turns for who picks each movie night. You can find a lot on Netflix and if you don’t have that, there are torrents everywhere.
Money isn’t everything. You don’t need to spend money to enjoy yourselves. Just being with each other can be enough. Relationships are complicated but they can be made so, so easy by just remembering this: it’s okay if the butterflies go away. Just because you don’t feel fluttery and nervous around them anymore doesn’t mean you love them any less. It means you’re comfortable with them and feel safe with them. They should be able to be there for you and help set you at ease. Honeymoons don’t last forever but you can still enjoy yourselves, even if what you do isn’t extravagant.