Supposedly, URI has been voted the No. 1 party school in the nation on a few occasions. Although this stigma has stayed present in the minds of many people, the school has really tried not to live up to the party-school reputation. URI is now a dry campus, and there is no smoking in any buildings, including the dorms. Still, there is no stopping URI students from having a good time. Dorm rooms, unfortunately, are too small to have parties in, and they are also closely watched by RAs and housing directors. However, there is no problem with having some friends over—just try to keep noise levels at a minimum because the cops could get called.
As for the real parties, most students migrate off campus where upperclassmen live and where parties can be found every weekend. Hordes of URI students have—depending on who you ask—either invaded or socially liberated the neighborhoods in nearby Narragansett, RI. Students can find parties by simply driving down the street and seeing a line of cars. There are also a lot of bars around town that are always busy. You could literally go out every night and have some place to go. Bars hold special happy hour prices and drink specials especially to attract URI students. There are also many different kinds of bars to meet the different expectations of people. Dive bars, sports bars, martini bars, local bars, and nightclubs are just some of the things you can expect. At URI, there is never a dull moment.