New College sometimes makes students forget that most people have the misfortune of having to drive to parties—the nightlife is centrally located on NCF's campus, steps away from where many students live. Exclusive, invitation-only gatherings are virtually nonexistent, and inclusion is a big component of the atmosphere. Most gatherings are advertised on the Forum. Student-sponsored "walls" are open to all and hosted right in the "Center of the Universe"—Palm Court. Those who sponsor "the walls" collect money door-to-door for supplies such as decorations, food, and beverages. "Walls" range from being sparsely attended to jam-packed. Attendance mostly depends on the time of year, playlist, or theme. On occasion, "townies" (local residents) or Ringling students attend, but "walls" are true testaments to the cohesion of NCF social life. Campus police and student patrol members are always on duty to provide a safe environment. Few other campuses can boast such a student-centered, free, and consistent form of entertainment open to all. Without them, the essence of campus extracurricular culture would face peril.
Unfortunately, there usually aren't many options beyond these dance parties. "Walls" can become boring quickly if you are expecting a nightlife scene that varies tremendously from one weekend to the next. Students are basically content with what campus has to offer, but there would not be any complaints if there were more options. Sarasota is not geared toward young people. Tampa is a solid option for a club and bar scene, and is about an hour away. Because of the arduous academic program, most students have limited time and energy to search out variant options. Many forgo making the trek when there is a guaranteed dance party in their backyard. Free, safe, fun, reliable, and creative: quintessentially New College.