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Top 5 Things to do on a Weekend at Butler University


Parties dominate the weekend at Butler University. The Greek life at the school provides students with multiple opportunities to celebrate a few hours of freedom from homework and classes. Butler University allows alcohol to be served at parties, so it is considered a “wet campus.”

1.) Attend Fraternity Parties 

Parties at Greek houses are the most popular activity on weekends at Butler University. The alcohol and snacks keep students full while they avoid thinking about the next week and returning to class. Some fraternities do not wait for the weekend to start partying, and they will begin to celebrate on Thursday night.

2.) Attend Parties Off Campus Hosted by Butler Students 

Commuters make up a significant portion of the senior class at Butler University. Freshmen, sophomores and juniors are required to live on campus or at home with their parents. However, seniors can take advantage of living off campus and usually rent homes or apartments near the school.

They frequently host parties during the weekend and can invite underclassmen. Many of these parties are private, so you have to hear about them from other students to get an invitation. You should not expect anything fancy, and you will be served alcohol in the same red Solo cups you see on campus and see similar bags of chips.

3.) Visit Broad Ripple 

The bar scene in Broad Ripple attracts many students on the weekend. Located a short drive from the university, Broad Ripple has a vibrant nightlife that also attracts many locals. The school makes it easier to have a beer or grab a late night burger off campus by offering the Student Government Association (SGA) shuttle bus on Fridays and Saturdays.

Every weekend, it takes students to Broad Ripple with the first bus leaving at 6 p.m. and the last bus leaving at3 a.m. From Union Jack’s Pub to Average Joe’s Sports Pub, Broad Ripple has inexpensive bars and restaurants.

4.) Go Downtown in Indianapolis 

Broad Ripple is not the only popular spot to enjoy the weekend, and many Butler University students go downtown for the bars and restaurants. You will not find a school shuttle bus to take you to the Rathskeller or the Slippery Noodle Inn in Indianapolis, so you will have to provide your own transportation.

However, the bars in downtown Indianapolis have more sophisticated atmospheres than the typical frat parties at school. From the Caribbean whip cocktails at the Ball & Biscuit to the live music at the Subterra Lounge, you will find a way to forget the research papers and textbooks waiting for you in the dorms.

5.) Attend Free and Cheap Events 

Although the frat and off campus parties dominate nightlife at Butler University, students also attend many free events every weekend that do not include alcohol. The schedule is always changing, but it is not hard to find a campus or off campus event by visiting the social media accounts of Butler University’s Good Clean Fun group.

The organization tries to find a variety of free and cheap ways to enjoy Friday and Saturday without a hangover. The events include free plays, concerts, sports games and movies. Although the Good Clean Fun group promotes events such as the Student Government Association’s free movie night for students, it also finds off campus events like the free Chick-fil-A nuggets night in Broad Ripple.

Butler University’s nightlife keeps students busy every Friday and Saturday. There are parties on and off campus every weekend, and Greek Life rules the party scene. Once the weekend is over, you will find plenty of red Solo cups filled with the last drops of beer and broken potato chips throughout campus.

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Lana Bandoim is a freelance writer and editor. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and chemistry from Butler University. Her work has been published on websites ranging from Yahoo! News to Lifescript.


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