Kingston, RI
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$28,016 ($12,450)
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Very Easy
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5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: You can deffinilty have a lot of fun in your college expereince. A lot of students have cars that are a form of transportation, also a lot of students live off campus which is great to throw parties or even just hang out and get away from being on campus. Organizations on campus often throw parties at the Union which are either free or $5.00 which is great if you just want to hang out and have fun for a bit.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: URI is a party school. There are frat houses on campus that have parties. Usually more during the begining of the year. If you are a girl it is a possibility to party hop from them (on nights that they throw parties.) If you are a boy and know people you can as well but only if you know them or if it is during rush week. At the top of campus there are some houses and apartments that throw parties. Off campus is where the infamous URI parties happen. In specific neighborhoods in narragansett there are neighborhoods of beach houses that upperclassmen live in. They are always fun and can get pretty rowdy! Its fun too because usually cops come after 130 if they even come and none of the party goers get in trouble. Sometimes the owners will shut the lights off, the cops leave, and you just keep partying on! Or party hop to one of the other houses! Theres also bars in narragansett for upper classmen. Bonvue is a favorite. And theres a few in providence you can get in at 18. Overall its a great time just meet people so you have places to go dont sit in your dorm!

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: In the beginning of the year, the frat parties for freshman are the best but once the fall rush starts, the on campus options are VERY limited. I know the Union has a bunch of parties almost every other weekend and they are fun with a lot of dancing and a DJ but have yet to go to one. There are parties at the top of campus as well but those aren't thrown very often. Most of the parties are in Naragansett and a lot of it has to do with who you know. You definitely have to be social here and get to know everyone to really enjoy yourself. Personally, I have found that the rugby parties have been the best so far. There also aren't very many themed parties, but if you're in a sorority/ frat or on a sports team (which I'm not) then they happen decently often. The parties in naragansett are really fun if you know people there but the only problem is getting to naragansett. You either need a DD with a car (which are rare among freshman) or you need to take a cab (which doesn't come cheap). First semester of freshman year is tough with the nightlife, but I promise that second semester is a lot better if you keep putting yourself out there to meet new people by saying hi to people in class or meeting people through joining the hundreds of clubs here.

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are a lot of frat parties

3 College Student

Nightlife: the nightlife here is okay. basically it is just house parties. there aren't really any clubs unless you go to the city (providence) but even then the clubs are really sketchy. I would recommend sticking to house parties.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 157th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 779th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1217th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Anthony aRusso
Johnston, RI
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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.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
Student Favorites
  • Casey's Grill and Bar
  • Charlie O's
  • George's of Galilee
  • Mews Tavern
Other Places to Check Out
  • Camden's
  • Coast Guard House
  • Ocean Mist
  • Pancho O'Malley's
Local Specialties
  • Narragansett: Beer
  • Newport Storm: Beer
  • Tidal Wave: A tall blue drink at Bobby G's with all your favorite liquors
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer Ball
  • Beer Pong/Beruit
  • Card games such as Kings
  • Flip Cup
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • Ads in The Good 5 Cent Cigar (the school newspaper)
  • Fliers
Closing Time
1 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Bobby G's Charlie O's during Happy Hour The Drunken Clam
Organization Parties
The University of Rhode Island Ballroom Dancing Club holds dances and formals at the Union. ASA is another group that holds an annual winter ball and numerous dances and parties throughout the year. Many students don't go to the dances and parties that are held on campus, unless they belong to that particular organization.

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Mew's Tavern

The Mew's has 69 beers on tap. Students come to the Mew's to enjoy a more laid-back atmosphere. There isn't a dance floor, but there is killer juke box.

456 Main St.

(401) 783-9370

George's of Galilee

George's of Galilee is the place to be on Thursday nights. It is a great bar/restaurant on the waterfront with frequent live entertainment.

250 Sand Hill Cove Rd.

(401) 783-2306

The Wheel House

The Wheel House has specials every night of the week. They have a couple of pool tables and frequent live music and DJs.

294 Great Island Rd.

(401) 284-0246

Okie's Bar and Grill

Okie's is small bar that has pool tables and darts for a night of fun. They also have live bands come and perform-mostly on Saturday nights. Feel free to dance-there is a large, elevated dance floor.

140 Point Judith Rd.

(401) 789-5454

Casey's Grill and Bar

Casey's is always a popular stop. It's a good restaurant and a fun bar. Starting at around 9 p.m., ID needs to be shown before entering. The dining room is still open, but students tend to head for the bar.

191 Old Tower Rd.

(401) 789-9714

Bobby G's

Bobby G's is a local dive bar. It's a fun place to just relax, have some beers with some townies and sing some karaoke. The bartenders make a special drink called the Tidal Wave. It's cheap and a local favorite.

703 Kingstown Rd.

(401) 789-1130

Daniel B's Restaurant and Lounge

Daniel B's has great specials and frequent live entertainment. It is another local bar that sees its fair share of college kids.

733 Kingstown Rd.

(401) 782-6700

Charlie O's

Charlie O's is a bar just like Casey's. They have a dining room, but at night, it turns into a bar you have to be 21 to get in. You can always find people at Charlie O's, especially Friday and Saturday nights.

2 Sand Hill Cove

(401) 782-2002

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

Most bars and nightclubs in Narragansett are 21 and up. Going up to Providence, you can find more clubs that only require patrons to be 18 years old. Check out the Complex, Metropolis, the Strand, and Club Hell. Parties are just as big of a part of the nightlife as bars are. If you are under 21 it is not hard to find a house party to go to. Since bars close at 1 a.m., people usually go to parties after bars anyway.

Student Polls

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?     Based on 70 responses

  • 4% There are no good options.
  • 74% Use a designated driver.
  • 3% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 4% Public transportation.
  • 1% Taxis.
  • 13% Walk.

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 70 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 71 responses

  • 4% Parties? What parties?
  • 8% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 41% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 39% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 7% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 7 responses

  • 71% Halloween
  • 29% New Years Eve event! there is always a place to go

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 12 responses

  • 92% Off Campus
  • 8% Usually in the city somewhere, the darker is best.
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