25 Fun Weekend Activities for College Students

During my freshman year of college, I worried that I wasn’t experiencing college because I wasn’t drinking and partying. What a lie I believed, because college was insanely fun! College may be portrayed as a party scene, but that is not how your college experience has to be. As a Christian in college, you can still have the time of your life!

Here are some ideas on what to do during the weekend! (P.S. Yes, these are all photos of my crazy friends. We have a lot of fun together!)

  • Craft night! This is a favorite in my apartment.


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  • Game night! We always have the Cru guys apartment over for game night. We play charades, fish bowl, and other games. So much fun!


  • Bake. Make something together or have everyone bring something and have a bake off.
  • Have a gingerbread house decorating contest! You can use Rice Krispies, gram crackers, icing, candy, sprinkles, and more. Perfect for Christmas time.
  • Go rollerblading. When was the last time you went rollerblading? You are never too old.


  • Movie marathon! Have a movie marathon or your favorite TV show marathon. Gilmore Girls is a popular choice for me =]


  • Paint pottery! If you’ve never painted pottery, you have to try this. I’ve gone a couple times and we always have a blast.


  • Host a bonfire. Some apartments have mini fire pits in the common area, so host a bonfire and make smores! I have a friend that lives at home right off campus, so she always hosts our bonfires.
  • Go out for sushi! Get dressed up and go to a nice sushi place. We have a place that we always go to that has half off after 10!


  • Work out. Go to a fitness class together at the gym. Friends that do yoga together, stay together.
  • Day out. Spend the day at Panera. Buy a coffee and do homework with a friend. If you have to do homework, it is nice to do it in a fun environment and get out of your dorm.


  • Have a puzzle night! I know this sounds like an evening for grandma, but I’ve had some of the best conversations while puzzling. Puzzling doesn’t require much thinking, so it provides a great space to have heart to hearts. We even have a puzzle table at my apartment.


  • Explore your campus and city. Google things to do in __(enter city)__. There might even be something going on downtown. I’ve found art festivals, free movie showings outside, and carnivals.


  • Have a dance party! We have hosted halloween parties, birthday parties, and themed parties. We play music and the people dance! So so fun!


  • Open mic night. We found a little coffee shop near us that has a monthly open mic night. The talent is not very good, but that is part of why it is so fun! Every time we go, the same women sings songs she wrote about random objects.


  • Just dance competition!
  • Pool party!


  • Plan and run a 5k. You can even train together before hand!


  • Attend a sporting event on campus. Find out what sport is in season, get a group together, put on your school colors, and go cheer on the team. One of my roommates is on the women’s soccer team. This year we are making signs and going to cheer her on. Go Bulls!


  • Beach day! Bring your towel and a book and relax by the water. (Sorry if you don’t live near the water.)


  • Karaoke night!


  • Spa day- at home! Paint your nails, find DIY face masks on Pinterest, etc.


  • Be silly! Put on crazy outfits and go out to dinner!


  • Model! Get dressed up and have a photo session around campus!


  • Pull pranks on your roommates. We texted them and told them we made brownies and the came home to brown-es!


Have fun and enjoy your college years! Trust me, they go way too fast.




Check out the other posts in this series, Christian in College!

7 Ways to Pursue Jesus in College

How can we maintain an authentic relationship with Jesus in college?

Can I have non-Christian friends in college?

5 Ways to Love Your non-Christian Roommate

7 Comments on 25 Fun Weekend Activities for College Students

  1. Erica
    at (10 years ago)

    So many great ideas!!!

  2. thebarnprincess
    at (10 years ago)

    Joy, you have some wonderful ideas here and they are not just for college students.

  3. Belinda Letchford
    at (10 years ago)

    Though not the purpose of your post, I find a lot of these ideas would be fun with older kids for a family night. So thanks for sharing

    • Joy Skarka
      at (10 years ago)

      Awe that’s so encouraging! Thanks!

  4. Obi
    at (4 years ago)

    This is on of the best articles I’ve read! Simple fun and with pics!!! I liked it