Clubbing Culture in University
As an international student who grew up all around the world, my experience and expectations of clubbing in university and drinking culture was at the same time different and yet very unexpected.
After spending two years observing the clubbing culture and style whilst at university and comparing it to how a typical night out back home overtime I return, I can’t help but notice a few differences. With some type of event occurring every night from Kasbah Mondays, Smack Tuesday and Thursdays, POP every Wednesdays and Neon on Fridays, there is always some type of club scene happening.
. As a tiny asian girl with the alcohol tolerance of a mouse and an asian flush the colour of the brightest tomato, it was and still is hard for me to keep up with the amounts of alcohol consumed typically on a night out. Pre-drinks are a big part of the clubbing culture in university where it also acts as an opportunity to get to know people better and can serve as a great socialising opportunity. The good thing is that many people respect your decisions so if you know you can’t handle your drinks or you don’t feel like drinking, just make sue to establish that before joining in a game of kings cup and one of your companions may be nice enough to pour you a cup of plain mixer rather than vodka.Table service in clubs are a big thing back in Asia, where large groups tend to split the costs of a large table. Only recently has something comparable been employed in the popular Friday night destination “Neon” however it is still unlike the calibre of the table service many may be used to back home with consumable amounts of Ciroc, Grey Goose, Moet or other bottled booze of your choice. The situations in many of these clubs include snaking lines across the club entrances with eager students waving over their Q-jump tickets in front of the bouncers all with intentions of rushing inside to escape the cold. This is then followed by another long queue to deposit coats in the cloakroom and finally, multiple rooms with various dance floors within the dimly lit club full of the latest pop or hiphop remixes trending on the top charts of your Spotify lists.
This takes some time to get used to if you are not fully exposed to how many clubbing environments operate these days. While it’s not generalised for all, many students tend to go out to clubs at night with the intention of getting with someone or stealing a few kisses here or there on the dance floor. If this is not your cup of tea, make sure to always stay with a group of people you trust and you know will take care of you just in case you down one too many drinks than you had intended and don’t entirely feel fully control of your decisions and actions. Make sure to always know that YOU ultimately have the right to decline anyone and no one should be allowed to do anything without your consent, so if in any case you don’t feel comfortable in a certain situation make sure you make that very clear and stick with people who you are close with for safety purposes.
. One thing that was the biggest shocks to me when I first started going on nights out in university was how gross some of the club environments can actually get. Back home in Asia, in my case, basing my judgements on the clubs I’ve been to in the Philippines, Singapore and Malaysia, the environments tend to vary from more toned down bars or pubs to raves and high class night clubs. On most nights out, my friends and I always dressed up in somewhat smart casual and classy attire. Girls are commonly seen sporting stilettos and pencil skirts, while guys always are always styled out in fancy button downs and business casual pants. If you don’t want any of your expensive clothes getting doused a sticky jaeger bomb (or two), and if you would rather not have your feet killing you not just from standing in heels the whole night as well as avoiding getting your toes crushed amidst the pack mob of a dance floor, I suggest to pack those well away in your closet and save it for more tame events. Recommended attire would boil down to footwear you don’t mind exiting the club with sticky soles, shoe prints and scuff marks, a simple t-shirt for boys with jeans and or slacks, and a cute top with shorts or jeans for the ladies.
Nights out with friends and flatmates are definitely one of the unique experiences of being at university and can be great social scenes to have fun and let lose with friends. Just make sure you are always keeping your safety at utmost priority; be responsible for yourself and don’t forget at the end of the day you are the one who can decide what to give consent to.