Parties happen from Wednesday through Saturday. There are many different options off campus to find a way to have fun. The best option when drinking is to designate a driver. There are many people who do not drink on campus, and there is a Safe Ride option where they will pick up people from the bars. The other option is to take a taxi, but that could take a while on "party" nights.
Big Rapids is quite a small area, so there are not too many different bars and clubs located near the campus. Other options in the area are house parties or frat parties on the weekends. The local bars are a great place to go if you're 21 or over. They are convenient to get to, the cover price is not too high (nor are the drink prices), and they have a fun atmosphere. The only downside to the bars is that there is a lack of variety of places to go to. After a while, some of the bars get routine and boring. There are not too many options for underage students. The best options are house parties, going bowling, going to the movies, or hanging out at the dorms.