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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: A few houses have just casual parties; there are also the 8 interhouse parties which are really great / tons and tons of work. Literally preparing for the party for more than 1 month ahead of time, with hundreds of manhours.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Some houses better known for partying than others.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: Nightlife is a little far to get to, so I'm not sure if lot of people use them very often. We are also all very busy, so that's another limitation.

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3 College Junior

Party Scene: I am sure it is their, but I not a part of anything like this. I value my money and will use it to get a better education.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: I am a single mom with two kids, I do not have a Nightlife.


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At Caltech, the nightlife generally involves doing calculus homework until sunrise one night and doing it again for physics the next night. Generally, the nightlife is nonexistent. Pasadena is a small city with mostly older residents. Though it is close to the LA party scene geographically, it in no way resembles an LA atmosphere at night. There are a few bars in Old Pasadena and some in neighboring Alhambra, but no clubs within close walking distance. For students who are intent on going out and clubbing, LA is the closest place, though sometimes transportation can be an issue. Another problem with going clubbing is finding other students interested in going with you on any given night. Also, coordinating schedules can, at times, seem impossible. Pasadena is not a lively place at night.

The nightlife on campus on non-homework days can be amusing from time to time. Students will get together to drink and play cards, or just drink. There are not very many parties on campus. Sometimes, there will be parties at off-campus houses where students live, but these are few and far between. Besides these parties, each of the seven houses has a party once a year. These parties often involve constructing a club-type scene with a theme, and the parties resemble a nightclub, except that they are on Caltech's campus and that they happen infrequently. Drinking games and such happen within the houses and amongst friends. Some houses even have special nights allotted to them, but the campus is usually quiet like the city of Pasadena itself.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
Not Pasadena. Pasadena only has a few bars, but LA, Manhattan Beach, Santa Monica, and other nearby areas have many more.
Student Favorites
The Colorado
Other Places to Check Out
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Card games
  • Drunk Poker
  • Power Hour
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
The Colorado
Organization Parties
Once a year, every one of the seven houses at Caltech throws a large interhouse party. These parties usually involve construction and decorations around some theme. Some houses alter the theme yearly, and other houses keep the same theme as a tradition. These parties usually last until the wee hours of the morning and have professional DJs and bartenders. There are also smaller parties thrown by some of the houses during the year, but those are more spontaneous.
Did You Know?
If you're under 21, there are a few coffee shops or juice bars in the area, but not too much else. Going out to eat or to the movies is the preferred mode of entertainment. A Starbucks, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Peet's Coffee, and Jamba Juice are located within two blocks of campus on Lake Avenue. There is also a Starbucks and Juice It Up shop in the Paseo Colorado Shopping Center.

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

The Colorado

The dark atmosphere makes this bar feel like a dive, attracting Caltech students on a regular basis with the cheap drinks.

2640 E. Colorado Blvd.


(626) 449-3485

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 15 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 14 responses

  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 14% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 14% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 21% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 50% Parties? What parties?

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 5 responses

  • 100% Big I/Interhouse parties
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