On any given weekend during the school year and even now during the summer, I find that there is always something fun to do. William & Mary is definitely not a “suitcase college”. Students here really do become entrenched in campus life, and I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say that I can’t bear to be away for an extended period of time.
There are many different options for “night life” both on campus and off. UCAB, the campus activities board, puts on events most every weekend ranging from comedians in Lodge One (the smaller night club venue in the Sadler Center) to a concert at Lake Matoaka amphitheater. Last semester we had Mae, Gym Class Heroes, and Ying Yang Twins perform on campus with very cheap student tickets.
Another option is provided by fraternities who throw dance parties in their unit or house on any given Friday or Saturday night, usually with fun themes. My fraternity in Unit C has chosen themes involving all black and white attire, ’80s clothing, and we even had a Pirate dance party (probably my personal favorite). These parties are open to the entire campus, so even students who aren’t Greek can still take advantage of that social outlet.
There are also local businesses off-campus that students frequent when they aren’t hitting the books or attending one of their many club or organization meetings. “The Delis”, or our version of bars, are located on Scotland Street near the Sadler Center. They consist of the Green Leafe Cafe (my favorite), Paul’s Deli, and College Delly. They each have different specials each night on food and drinks, and students of age definitely take advantage of those. The New Town area also has many restaurants including the Green Leafe Downtown and the Corner Pocket, a place to hang out and play pool.
When it really comes down to it, students can even create their own fun with their friends like creating a spontaneous game of ultimate frisbee in the Sunken Garden or doing a self-guided, crazy ghost tour in CW (Colonial Williamsburg).