If you are under 21 and have been going out to clubs and bars your entire underage life, your first couple of years at Hood will be a real adjustment. Downtown Frederick is the only local nightlife, and it does not cater to the underage crowd at Hood. If you are of age, there are many local bars such as Bushwaller's, Olde Towne Tavern, and Brewer's Alley that have cheap drinks and provide a good time. However, if you are underage and want to drink during your time at Hood, you will instead get used to going off campus for house parties. Many students in the campus-leased apartments frequently host theme parties, in addition to regular parties, that are well attended and can be a good time for all. Very rarely do big parties with underage drinking happen on campus, mostly because Campus Security is too strict, and the campus is too small and quiet. Although Hood is not a dry campus, students are only allowed to drink in dorm rooms comprised of individuals who are 21-and-up.
If you don't want to drink or are under 21, there are still plenty of things to do. Hood clubs always sponsor many activities, ranging from dances to talent shows and comedy nights. CAB (Campus Activities Board) also sponsors many trips off campus to the movies, ice skating rink, Frederick Keys games, and FSK mall, in addition to larger trips to New York City, Baltimore, and D.C. Finally, students who are interested in interacting with the Frederick community can check out the annual Great Frederick Fair, the In the Street festival, or the monthly First Saturday downtown.