Partying on campus: 6 tips to keep it safe

December 5, 2018  |   Found in Editorial

Do you experience serious #FOMO every Thursday night while your friends are partying it up at Thursden? Do the faint sounds of joy radiating from the Den entice you to go see what the hype is all about? Are you a Thursden regular? If you answered yes to any of these questions, read on.
Partying on campus can be loads of fun, but only when everyone involved is safe too. If you’re planning to hit up Thursden or any other event on campus, here are six tips that can help you ensure everyone has a great time:

1. Go with friends

Parties like Thursden are only as fun as the people you surround yourself with. If you’re planning on going out, why not invite all your friends to go along? That way, you don’t have to show up to the party awkwardly by yourself, and you can make everyone jealous that your friend group is the best. You can make great memories and you can feel a bit better knowing that you have people looking out for you.

2. Feeling uneasy walking on campus alone? Call on Safewalk:

Safewalk is a 24/7 service offered through Campus Security. It provides volunteers to walk with any student, staff, or campus visitor. It is super easy to contact them:

  • Call 403-220-5333
  • Use the Help Phones located around campus (they are available for use even if it isn’t an emergency)
  • Request a Safewalk from an on-duty Safewalk volunteer
  • Email safewalk.request@ucalgary.ca between the hours of 6:40pm to 11:20pm Monday to Friday

To find out more about Safewalk, visit the Safewalk website.

3. Need a safe space to sleep off the alcohol or cannabis you just consumed? PASS is there for you!

PASS (Post Alcohol Support Space) is a free, confidential space where UCalgary members can sleep off the effects of alcohol/cannabis. PASS offers judgement free, medically supervised care for individuals who may be at risk of harming themselves or others while intoxicated. To access PASS, you must meet some criteria:

  • You must be verbal and mobile
  • You can’t have any major injuries
  • You can’t be under the influence of anything other than alcohol or cannabis

PASS is open every Thursday and on special events. To learn how to access PASS, follow this link: https://www.ucalgary.ca/wellnesscentre/pass

4. Don’t live on or near Campus? Stay with a friend, have a designated driver or take an Uber home.

We all know drinking and driving is seriously not cool (and also very illegal). If you are lucky enough to have a friend living on or close to campus, plan to stay the night there. If that isn’t an option, plan ahead to have a designated driver. Alternatively, take an Uber or a taxi home. As long as you can get home safely, that’s all that matters.

5. Consent is key

The best way to ensure everyone has a safe and fun night out is to make sure you respect everyone’s boundaries. Not sure how to do this? It’s easy. Ask, listen, and repeat! Before engaging in a situation, make sure everyone involved gives an explicit and enthusiastic yes. If at any time someone wants to stop, respect that. Remember, the absence of yes means no.

6. Have fun!

There’s a reason why Thursden is so successful. It’s because it’s fun! Partying responsibly is an awesome way to blow off some steam and enjoy the more social side of university culture. If a little bit of care and consideration goes into your night, it is guaranteed to be so much more memorable, for the right reasons.

Also, remember that if partying isn’t your thing, there is nothing wrong with not doing it. You don’t need to party in order to have a social life on campus. There are many other ways to pass the time with your friends, or make new ones, like going to the Den any other day and check out their yummy specials, participating in Club events, or going to SU weekly events like Pet Therapy or Fitness in the Space. Check out the SU calendar for up to date activities and events to keep your social life busy and exciting!


Caitlin is a Sociology major currently in her second year. She takes great pride in her role as your friendly neighbourhood #momfriend. Caitlin also loves dogs and has dreams of one day marrying Jonah Hill.