Claremont is a beautiful town, but it’s far from a college town. There are several restaurants that are delicious, but pricey. There’s a bar called The Press, which is fairly calm and not cheap. There are several frozen yogurt places that offer a cheap off-campus hangout, but most students stay on campus on weekends for a reason: there isn’t much in the Village.
Once you have access to a car, Claremont changes from a slightly boring place to live in to an awesome place with a wealth of options. Just a short drive away are countless places for college students to go and have fun. If you drive ten minutes, you can find lots of shopping centers with Targets and Best Buys and more specialized stores. Just a little bit further away are the most popular off-campus trips involving drives to Mt. Baldy (for skiing and snowboarding), the beach, and Los Angeles. If that doesn’t do it for you, there’s Disneyland, Joshua Tree National Park (and music festival), Las Vegas, Santa Monica, and San Diego. Los Angeles is probably the most popular trip because there are so many different things to do. There’s shopping, clubs, bars, people watching, museums, etc. Basically, if you can’t find it in Claremont, it’s in LA, 45 minutes away.