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Party Scene

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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are opportunities to go out 4-5 times a week

4 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: The best part about the night life at Union is getting to see familiar faces and spend time getting to know people from all over the country (even world). Being such a small campus, its a great feeling to get to know people on an academic level AND a social level. The best parties were always at Old Chapel (reggae, hip hop, bachata, salsa), TDX (Pop, Rap, 90's, Hits, House) and Ozone (EDM, Electronic). I was never a big drinker and I still had a lot of fun going out and dancing, catching up with friends. The only downfall that I would say Union has for nightlife is that since it is small, there does come a brief point where you get a little bored with going out all the time.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: Only a few going on at a time with a lot of walking around to find them.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: Union is a great and safe place to party which gives it an open atmosphere.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: It gets pretty rowdy here. That's all I have to say. People here sure know how to turn up.

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Union definitely has the reputation of being a party school. Wednesdays are the new Thursdays. That is when everyone goes out just because it works into most people's class schedules better. Monday is also becoming a "go out" night, but Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays are usually when you will see the most students out at night. Chet's on-campus bar is open Monday (in the spring), Wednesday (always), and Friday for happy hour (always).

Students will usually drink somewhere with friends (depending on your age) and then go to Rupsis or Geppetto's (if they are looking for a bar). If you don't drink, there are usually non-alcohol related activities happening around Union from campus movies (which show every weekend) to concerts and comedians. If you look for it, you can find it. There are students who choose not to drink, and no one really pressures them to get wasted, though many students choose to drink. The comedians are great, and the movies are usually pretty good, but don't expect to find many `cool' parties late Friday or Saturday night without alcohol being served.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Albany
  • Saratoga Springs
Student Favorites
Chet's
Other Places to Check Out
Pinhead Susan's
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Beirut
  • Card games (A$$hole)
  • Kings
  • Power Hour
  • Quarters
Closing Time
2:30 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Chet’s
Organization Parties
Party in the Gardens is probably the most popular event thrown every spring at Union. The school sets up tents in Jackson’s Gardens and students get dressed up to dance the night away under the stars in a beautiful setting. Club U is typically for the newly-arrived freshmen to get together and dance in the campus center for the evening, but usually upperclassmen go as well. There are also semi-formals here and there, but for the most part, if you’re stone cold sober, you’re not in the majority.

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Rupsis Tavern

Rupsis, which has been around since 1940, is known for its wings. The tavern offers a 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Friday happy hour, during which you'll get free pizza and wings, and discounted draft specials. Try the chicken dough bake.

1549 Carrie St.

(518) 372-3588

Geppetto's

Geppetto's doubles as an inexpensive pizza place and a popular bar. It's available for parties and events, and often features live music on the weekends, in which case there's a small cover (usually in the neighborhood of $5).

547 Nott St.

(518) 382-9066

Chet's

This is the primary Union student hangout, mostly because it's cheap and located right on campus. Plenty of clubs and frats hold events there, and the bar often hosts live bands.

Reamer Campus Center

On campus

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

Stay on campus or go to a frat party. You can make a Saturday night fun by catching the 10 p.m. movie on campus and then chillin' in someone's room.

Student Polls

What is the best day of the week for nightlife on your college campus?    Based on 9 responses

  • 0% Sunday
  • 0% Monday
  • 0% Tuesday
  • 0% Wednesday
  • 0% Thursday
  • 22% Friday
  • 78% Saturday

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 27 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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 27 responses

  • 78% Walk.
  • 4% Taxis.
  • 0% Public transportation.
  • 4% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 11% Use a designated driver.
  • 4% There are no good options.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 31 responses

  • 16% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 55% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 19% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 6% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 3% Parties? What parties?

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 10 responses

  • 54% Fraternities or organizations on campus
  • 38% Off campus apartments and fraternities
  • 8% Old chapel

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 10 responses

  • 80% Alumni Weekend at Union College
  • 20% Homecoming Weekend at Union College
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