Although the majority of students who attend Notre Dame aren't Irish, by two or three in the morning the influence of Natty Light and other choice beverages will give most students a red face and a slur so thick it sounds like an authentic Gaelic accent. The student consensus is that campus parties are the way to go during your first year. Once they lose their appeal-as they certainly will-parties at apartment complexes and student houses take preference. The club scene is relatively weak, leaving students to choose from a limited variety of bars.
At Notre Dame, students study hard and party hard. The allowance of alcohol in student rooms enables students to make any night a party night. However, the relatively small number of bars combined with the lack of a good club scene is a drawback of Notre Dame nightlife. Overall, the party scene here is the same as most places-there are plenty of good times available if you know where to go. And students advise knowing where to go. A few years ago, there were rumors of a group of freshmen who, looking quite pimped out, wandered into their first off-campus party-it turned out to be a high-school party! Oh, the horror! Yes, I'd say that knowing where to go is a definite plus around here.