Ewing, NJ
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1 College Junior

Nightlife: There are hardly any good parties on campus compared to those in huge public schools..

College Junior

Nightlife: I do not attend parties.

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2 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There is not much to do off campus in the way of nightlife. Frat parties are small, not fun, and always get busted. The area is too residential to have a good party scene. The parties off campus often provide rides there and back, but that makes it difficult to leave a party whenever you wish. Often, you have to wait for an available ride when you wish to leave. The only bar in close proximity is a bowling alley. The other local bars and clubs are at least 15-20 minutes away and are in the middle of Trenton.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: For being a small college where you can recognize most of the people that attend here, everyone really knows how to party!

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: I don't go out all that much I'm an athlete its ok


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 237th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 1057th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1135th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sam Khazael
Millburn, NJ
Clinical Psychology
Grad Year
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TCNJ's nightlife consists of house parties, fraternity events, and nearby clubs. Students inhabiting houses along Pennington Road and other nearby neighborhoods often host house parties. Fraternities often host open parties, themed parties, and holiday events. However, after the rushing period, most fraternity events are limited to mixers with sororities and other groups; the time before recruitment is optimal for those seeking to have a good time for the relatively cheap price of $5 per entry. Often fraternity parties are good ways to meet new people or get to know the organizations. After most students reach the age of 21, they opt to go to nightclubs in Philadelphia or New York City, even though there are nearby bars and clubs in the Trenton area. 

Some criticism of the nightlife at TCNJ includes the lack of variety among fraternity events and the clique-esque nature of house parties. Furthermore, students often wish there were more clubs in the Trenton area. Overall, the nightlife at TCNJ is characteristic of the school. TCNJ is a very academically-structured school, and thus, the nightlife is not what one would get at larger state universities.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Philadelphia
  • Trenton
Other Places to Check Out
  • The Alchemist & Barrister
  • Joe's Mill Hill Saloon
  • Nassau Inn
  • Rossi's Bar & Grill
  • Yankee Doodle Tap Room
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong (Beirut)
  • Flip cup
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Buddy's Shamrock Tavern
Organization Parties
All TCNJ fraternities host open parties.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Pudgy's Sport Pub

Pudgy's is a popular sports bar in nearby Trenton. Students and locals alike frequent this pub.

2508 E. Third St.


(609) 724-0443

Firkin Tavern

The Firkin Tavern is a popular place to go watch football games, and generally just enjoy time away from studying.

1400 Parkway Ave.

Ewing Township

(609) 771-0100

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Triumph Brewing Co.

138 Nassau St.


(609) 924-7855

Sloc's Grille

In addition to being a bar, Sloc's is also a bowling alley.

1675 Pennington Road

Ewing Township

(609) 771-0026

Winberie's Restaurant & Bar

The last Thursday of every month is Facebook Appreciation Night!

One Palmer Square


(609) 921-0700

Triumph Brewing Co.

This brewery/restaurant serves both craft beer and locally grown food.

400 Union Square

New Hope, Pa.

(215) 862-8300

Buddy's Shamrock Tavern

100 Homecrest Ave.

Ewing Township

(609) 406-0260

All Call Inn Bar & Restaurant

214 Weber Ave.


(609) 403-8311

Freddie's Restaurant & Tavern

12 Railroad Ave.

Ewing Township

(609) 882-9845

Club Eighty-Eight

200 Ewingville Road

Ewing Township

(609) 882-7140

What to Do if You're Not 21What's This?

Quaker Bridge Mall

This is a medium-sized mall with clothing stores, cafés, and specialty shops.

3320 U.S. Highway 1


(609) 799-8177

MarketFair Mall

This is a medium-sized mall with bookstores, cafés, and a movie theater.

3535 U.S. Highway 1


(609) 452-7777

Student Polls

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 43 responses

  • 2% There are no good options.
  • 77% Use a designated driver.
  • 2% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 0% Public transportation.
  • 2% Taxis.
  • 16% Walk.

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 43 responses

Very poor
  • Convenience to get to
  • Cover charges
  • Distance from campus
  • Drink prices
  • Fun
  • Variety/number of options

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 44 responses

  • 5% Parties? What parties?
  • 11% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 45% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 36% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 2% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
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