Schenectady, NY
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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: It's average. The drinking and transportation varies throughout the terms. The party scene is okay.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Union is a big party school!

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: I don't go out much so I am not informed on Union's nightlife.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are not a lot of bars, and Schenectady can be pretty intimidating at night, so kids stick to the on-campus frats and nearby houses and apartments. They're generally pretty welcoming to first years and alcohol/marijuana supply is abundant.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: There are some nights that are really fun and others that are not. But it balances out.


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  • 120th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 873rd
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1254th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Cassandra Skoufalos
Greenwich, CT
Political Science/Spanish
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Union definitely has the reputation of being a party school. Wednesdays are the new Thursdays. That is when everyone goes out just because it works into most people's class schedules better. Monday is also becoming a "go out" night, but Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays are usually when you will see the most students out at night. Chet's on-campus bar is open Monday (in the spring), Wednesday (always), and Friday for happy hour (always).

Students will usually drink somewhere with friends (depending on your age) and then go to Rupsis or Geppetto's (if they are looking for a bar). If you don't drink, there are usually non-alcohol related activities happening around Union from campus movies (which show every weekend) to concerts and comedians. If you look for it, you can find it. There are students who choose not to drink, and no one really pressures them to get wasted, though many students choose to drink. The comedians are great, and the movies are usually pretty good, but don't expect to find many `cool' parties late Friday or Saturday night without alcohol being served.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Albany
  • Saratoga Springs
Student Favorites
Other Places to Check Out
Pinhead Susan's
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Beirut
  • Card games (A$$hole)
  • Kings
  • Power Hour
  • Quarters
Closing Time
2:30 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Organization Parties
Party in the Gardens is probably the most popular event thrown every spring at Union. The school sets up tents in Jackson’s Gardens and students get dressed up to dance the night away under the stars in a beautiful setting. Club U is typically for the newly-arrived freshmen to get together and dance in the campus center for the evening, but usually upperclassmen go as well. There are also semi-formals here and there, but for the most part, if you’re stone cold sober, you’re not in the majority.

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Rupsis Tavern

Rupsis, which has been around since 1940, is known for its wings. The tavern offers a 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Friday happy hour, during which you'll get free pizza and wings, and discounted draft specials. Try the chicken dough bake.

1549 Carrie St.

(518) 372-3588


Geppetto's doubles as an inexpensive pizza place and a popular bar. It's available for parties and events, and often features live music on the weekends, in which case there's a small cover (usually in the neighborhood of $5).

547 Nott St.

(518) 382-9066


This is the primary Union student hangout, mostly because it's cheap and located right on campus. Plenty of clubs and frats hold events there, and the bar often hosts live bands.

Reamer Campus Center

On campus

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

Stay on campus or go to a frat party. You can make a Saturday night fun by catching the 10 p.m. movie on campus and then chillin' in someone's room.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 24 responses

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

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 27 responses

  • 4% There are no good options.
  • 11% Use a designated driver.
  • 4% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 0% Public transportation.
  • 4% Taxis.
  • 78% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 26 responses

  • 4% Parties? What parties?
  • 4% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 12% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 62% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 19% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
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