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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Freshman year the party scene is the best, it's still great sophomore and junior year especially if you live/know people who live off campus. Parties start early and end early, nothing is going on past 1 or 2 am. They are fun without getting rowdy and people are friendly and usually respectful although there's always that one person that's too drunk to be there

3 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: The parties are usually all the same and due to the small number of students, you see a lot of the same people.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Parties are good but have a tendency to get shut down

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Really fun, theres always something to do pretty much any night of the week if you chose to go out.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: If SCU does one thing right, it's the parties. People here love to have a good time and this reflects in the quality of the parties they throw.


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Given its small size and residential location, Santa Clara offers few nightlife options for students. "Going out" usually consists of attending small house parties or bar hopping around campus, and while there are occasionally frat parties, they don't happen as consistently as at larger schools. Santa Clara nightlife comes most alive during spring quarter when the weather gets nicer and students tend to have lighter courseloads. To take advantage of the beautiful weather, most "nightlife" activities are bumped up to afternoon "day parties" hosted by fraternities or off-campus houses. 

Because it's hard to get in to small parties if you don't know many people, partying regularly as a freshman often requires befriending older students or joining Greek life. For students ages 21-and-up, there are a few bars close to campus, but clubbing requires a cab ride to San Jose or a Caltrain trip to Palo Alto or San Francisco. The bars near campus are only one to three blocks away and are pretty inexpensive; some even offer weekly events such as drink specials or live music featuring SCU student bands.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Downtown San Jose
  • Palo Alto
  • San Francisco
  • Santana Row
Other Places to Check Out
Miyake Restaurant (popular for sake bombs on Friday or Saturday nights)
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Flip cup
  • King's cup
  • Power hour
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • The Santa Clara student newspaper
  • Wave magazine
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Frat parties
Organization Parties
Several on-campus organizations throw parties during the year, usually during the fall and spring. The campus literary magazine, the Santa Clara Review, hosts a twice-annual publication party featuring student bands and catered appetizers, and many of the multicultural clubs on campus host annual fundraising events with live music, dancing, and food.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Wet Nightclub

Wet is a large nightclub known for hosting exclusive events featuring international DJs and performers.

396 S. First St.

SoFA (South First Area) entertainment district

(408) 282-8938

Rudy's Pub

Located just a few blocks from the Caltrain station, Rudy's features DJs and dancing every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night.

117 University Ave.

Palo Alto

(650) 329-0922


Located a few miles off campus, Avalon offers 21-and-older students a range of nightlife activities from a typical club scene to occasional concerts featuring artists such as Sir Mix-a-Lot and Rick Springfield.

777 Lawrence Expressway

Santa Clara

(408) 241-0777

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

C&J's Sports Bar

C&J's is a casual sports bar a few blocks off campus with pool and foosball tables, televised sporting events, and occasional live music.

1550 Lafayette St.

Santa Clara

(408) 423-9013

Da Silva's Broncos ("the Claran")

"The Claran" features karaoke and occasional live music performed by SCU student bands.

1251 Franklin Mall

Santa Clara

(408) 248-4682

Blinky's Can't Say

Blinky's features several events throughout the week, such as Karaoke Fridays, Live Music Saturdays, and the "Blink Show" on Thursdays hosted by an SCU student DJ.

1031 Monroe St.

Santa Clara

(408) 985-7201

The Bronco Hut

Considered the "classic" Santa Clara bar, the Hut is known for its two-for-one Tuesday drink specials and student events like senior class fundraisers and "Dads and Grads."

3200 The Alameda

Santa Clara

(408) 296-8934

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

Take the Caltrain to San Francisco

Many students choose to take the train up to San Francisco for dinner, concerts, or special events like Chinese New Year.

1001 Railroad Ave.

Santa Clara

(800) 660-4287

Santana Row

With more than 20 restaurants, a movie theater, and numerous retail stores, Santana Row is a popular place for students to go have dinner and hang out on weekend nights.

3055 Olin Ave.

San Jose

(408) 551-4611

Locatelli Student Activity Center

The brand-new Student Activity Center hosts tons of activities such as live music, DJ events, movie showings, open mic nights, karaoke, pingpong, and foosball for students of all ages.

On campus

Santa Clara

Student Polls

What is the best day of the week for nightlife on your college campus?    Based on 15 responses

  • 7% Sunday
  • 0% Monday
  • 0% Tuesday
  • 0% Wednesday
  • 7% Thursday
  • 67% Friday
  • 20% Saturday

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 61 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 50 responses

  • 66% Walk.
  • 0% Taxis.
  • 8% Public transportation.
  • 0% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 20% Use a designated driver.
  • 6% There are no good options.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 62 responses

  • 3% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 69% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 16% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 3% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 8% Parties? What parties?

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 16 responses

  • 69% Move-in weekend
  • 12% Rehab
  • 12% Cinco de Mayo
  • 6% Halloween

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 19 responses

  • 50% Off-campus houses
  • 40% Frat houses
  • 10% Bars


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