Williamstown, MA
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2 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Same party every single day, music is a lot of bad EDM always. There's no variety in the kind of music played at all.

2 College Freshman

Nightlife: Parties are usually pretty lame.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: It's usually the same, small, campus-wide parties

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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Not too much happens past 8:00PM in Williamstown...almost all social events are on campus. No parties on weekday nights; only on weekends. There isn't a lot to do if you are not a drinker/partier--a Saturday night might include a movie with friends and sometimes more studying. But in general, drinking is highly tolerated and the campus security are lax on the issue as long as students are safe.

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2 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Overall Pathetic. All Parties End at Snack Bar – Nightlife at Williams is generally limited to on-campus parties because Williamstown is small and quiet. It's also high up in the mountains in the middle of nowhere. By pure observation, I would say that students spend at least an hour pre-gaming, another half an hour looking for a party to go to, and the next few hours dancing (or not dancing...) at various locations around campus.

There's also First Fridays, a dance that's held on the first Friday of every month. Mostly a freshman hangout spot, and the music gets old after a few times.

For those not into parties, there are alternative activities, but they are severely limited/not very well attended. Have no fear, however, because you'll find friends who like to have quieter weekends- you just have to look for them.

All parties/events ultimately end at snack bar, the late-night service in Paresky Student Center that serves gelatto, smoothies, sandwiches/burgers, salads, tea/coffee, etc. until 1am. The fact that it closes at 1am also means that most parties are finished by 1am, which is both a blessing and a curse, depending on how you want to look at it.

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  • 457th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 916th
    Tamest Party Scenes
  • 1137th
    Best Drink Prices

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Semira Menghes
Atlanta, GA
American Studies - Arts in Context
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To demand a vibrant nightlife from a town like Williamstown is just not realistic. Most students—even the ones who miss the options of big cities or are just not satisfied with the Williams way of life—realize that. However, there are a lot of campus entertainment options. Of course, this isn't really a substitute for city nightlife—that is a separate issue. A huge portion of the entertainment on campus is composed of stand-up comedy shows and a capella concerts—not exactly the events you can dance and socialize to—but they are options, nonetheless.

For a small town, there is a surprisingly large number of parties, and there seems to be at least a couple every night either  organized by a student group or the administration. Other than that, there is a party every night of the week in one dorm or another. Student organizations have put a lot of effort into improving the social scene, but the most tangible results were a couple of concerts every couple of months with really good bands. Nevertheless, it is fair to say that there are enough parties one can go to on weekends when the a capella concerts are over.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
Spring Street
Student Favorites
The Red Herring
Closing Time
1 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
The Red Herring
Organization Parties
ACE (All-Campus Entertainment) organizes parties and maintains a calendar of events. Visit to find out the latest information.

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

The Red Herring

Journey across the sea to this English pub-style restaurant and bar.

46 Spring St.


(413) 458-2808

Mezze Bistro & Bar

Features live music throughout the year.

16 Water St.


(413) 458-0123

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

Go to parties on campus.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 13 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 14 responses

  • 14% There are no good options.
  • 0% Use a designated driver.
  • 0% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 7% Public transportation.
  • 0% Taxis.
  • 79% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 14 responses

  • 0% Parties? What parties?
  • 29% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 43% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 29% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
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