Nightlife

Location
Collegeville, PA
Undergrads
1,651
Tuition
$43,270
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The rules surrounding nightlife at Ursinus are very inclusive. But they also have rules in place to keep the students safe. The night life takes place mostly on campus, although some students over 21 do venture off campus to visit a bar or two in the area. There aren't really clubs in Collegeville, but students create their own "clubs."

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Nightlife places are easily accessible and always fun. Everyone who goes out is only looking for a good time and I have never met anyone who has made me or my friends uncomfortable. A new scene or a change of pace would be nice every now and again but overall a wonderful place to be.

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: During the weekdays people don't party. However, on the weekends Ursinus College is a party campus. It is a wet campus meaning alcohol is allowed if you register a party. Rimer circle is a party area and a lot of the houses on main street throw parties. If you want to go to the club, Philly is 40 minutes away from campus so you can take a bus there.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Campus pretty much looks the other way when it comes to underage drinking, as long as you follow the rules (no open containers outside, no containers over a gallon, no beer bongs). All parties are registered with the campus, have student social hosts who are responsible for keeping it safe, and are over by 2:00 am which is fine as long as you don't mind the music getting cut off. You can still definitely hang out, drink and have a good time into the wee hours of the morning, you just need to turn the music off. Party venues are all small houses and suites, but they're all fairly close together so its easy to hop from one place to another and find a good party even when its cold out.

College Junior

Nightlife: It all depends on what you are looking for. I hear many complaints. "there is nothing to do in Collegeville." "The only thing to do is party." I can't help but feel sorry for these people because they live in a fictitious world where it is someone else's job to keep them entertained. I can say that I've never had a bored moment on campus. Between studying and having fun my schedule is full up, with no time to spare for griping about how "the college is boring." There are many clubs that are active, and there are 1750 students on campus, at least some of whom share your interests and would likely be thrilled to do something fun with you. Really, the college "nightlife" is what you make of it, and the only person who you can blame if you aren't entertained is yourself.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 418th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 772nd
    Best Drink Prices
  • 954th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

The parties, like the College, remain essentially local. The No. 1 spot off campus for drinking is The Trappe Tavern. Unless a gaggle of bars and pubs open that are as close to campus and as cheap as The Trappe, this place will remain the staple for Ursinus students interested in drinking. The Trappe is walkable, but it's a long one, so it's best to have a designated driver. That being said, there really is not that much to do in Collegeville. Philly can be reached by public transportation, but the ride is a bit long. Still, sadly, Philadelphia remains the best bet for Ursinus students looking for things to do.

On-campus parties must be registered with the Residence Hall Association, but, otherwise, it seems as if anything goes. If a party gets too rowdy, the Collegeville police or Campus Safety will break it up. Parties have to end at a certain time, and the hosts have to clean up immediately after the place is emptied. If any of the specifications are not met, then the party-throwers can be penalized—not being able to host any more parties for the semester is a common penalty. For students looking for non-alcohol-related activities, there are regular on-campus events, but those not interested in drinking usually just tend to hang out with their friends on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
The Trappe Tavern
Local Specialties
Sly Fox beer:
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Card games (A$$hole)
  • Century club
  • Power hour
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Check out the advertisements posted on the kiosk in Olin Plaza. Otherwise, word of mouth is the best bet since there generally isn't much to do in Collegeville.
Closing Time
Some close at 12 a.m., others at 2 a.m., depending on the day of the week
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
The Trappe Tavern
Organization Parties
For alcoholic parties, all you need to do is stroll up and down Main Street on Friday and Saturday nights or walk around Reimert. The fraternities and sororities are always hosting parties, except during rush, which is a dry period.

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Sly Fox Brewhouse & Eatery

Sly Fox has a large variety of rotating beer on tap.

519 Kimberton Rd.

Phoenixville

(610) 935-4540

www.slyfoxbeer.com

The Trappe Tavern

This is the Ursinus student staple. There is a happy hour every day and a variety of specials. At night, there is usually live entertainment or a DJ.

416 W. Main St.

Trappe

(610) 489-8686

www.trappetavern.com

DaVinci's Pub

DaVinci's has live entertainment and drink/food specials nightly. Highlights include Wine Night on Mondays, $2 Rolling Rock All Day on Tuesdays, and $3 Mixed Well Drinks Happy Hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays.

217 E. Main St.

Collegeville

(610) 831-1955

www.davincispub.com

Brother Paul's Pub & Restaurant

Specials include half-price wings and $7 pitchers on select nights.

3300 Ridge Pike

Eagleville

(610) 539-3909

brotherpaulspub.com/

Chap's Taproom & Sports Grill

There are specials every day of the week, with happy hours even on the weekends.

2509 W. Main St.

Jeffersonville

(610) 539-8722

www.chapstap.com

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

King of Prussia Mall

There are more than 400 restaurants and stores at this mall, a 25-minute drive from campus. An amazing amount of money can be spent here, but sometimes it's fun to just walk around and window shop in one of the best malls in the country. Be sure to check out Neiman Marcus, but don't break anything! You may not be able to afford the tab. The Cheesecake Factory is an excellent (if not crowded) restaurant to go to.

160 N. Gulph Rd.

King of Prussia

(610) 265-5727

www.simon.com/mall/king-of-prussia-mall

Student Polls

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 10 responses

  • 10% There are no good options.
  • 40% Use a designated driver.
  • 0% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 10% Public transportation.
  • 0% Taxis.
  • 40% Walk.

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 10 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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 12 responses

  • 0% Parties? What parties?
  • 17% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 50% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 33% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
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