Students' opinions differ according to what they expect of the term "nightlife." If good nightlife means posh, exclusive nightclubs and bars with horrendous cover charges but a happenin' scene indoors, then the nightlife for any student living near LA is going to be pretty good. For Pepperdiners, most of these places will require at least a half-hour commute, however, as well as a fairly handsome budget. If a good nightlife means fun local parties and on-campus merriment, forget it. On the other hand, if you'd rather spend your weekends doing and seeing interesting, non-alcoholic things, you've got all of Santa Monica, Hollywood, and LA to explore. The Student Government Association and University Ministries also sponsor plenty of wholesome entertainment on campus that, while not really popular with most students, do attract a loyal following.
But if you have your heart set on partying up a storm for the next four years, it may be a tad disconcerting that first Friday night when you step outside your freshman dorm, ready for the party to start, only to be greeted by the faint chirping of crickets and the thumping of Bibles. If this concerns you, you should either get yourself an ID for the swanky bars and clubs, or else limit your weekend excitement to the intermittent, overcrowded, and quickly-broken-up misadventures that Pepperdine considers house parties.