Sports and fitness activities
For students interested in maintaining their physical fitness activities while at Purdue, the Recreational Sports Center (RSC) is free for full-time students. The RSC indoor facilities include cardiovascular and weight training equipment, basketball, racquetball, handball, indoor soccer, in-line hockey, and wallyball courts. In the spring and fall, students can use the outdoor fields for soccer, softball, or Ultimate Frisbee. The RSC also features theBoilermaker Aquatic Center that houses an eight-lane, 50-meter competitive pool, and a six-lane, 25-yard diving pool. If students would rather compete than exercise, the RSC sponsors several club sports teams and organizes several athletic tournaments every semester.
For those who prefer spectator sports, you will have the opportunity to attend various athletic events throughout the academic year. Purdue University is a member of the Big 10 Athletic Conference. In the fall semester, American football, volleyball, soccer, tennis, cross-country, and golf competitions take place. The spring semester, on the other hand, has basketball, swimming and diving, track and field, baseball, and wrestling. Most events are free, but students are charged a nominal fee to see football, basketball, and volleyball games.
Purdue Convocations brings world class performers to Purdue. Musicals, rock concerts, and opera, symphony, and dance performances are usually presented at the 6000-seat Elliot Hall of Music in the heart of the Purdue campus. Chamber orchestra, jazz, and individual performances are presented in the 2000-seat Loeb Theater. Students are eligible for discounted student prices to any performance.
In addition, Purdue's Theater Department stages several theatrical productions every season. Students can get season tickets or purchase individual tickets at discounted prices. Some productions are even free to the general public.
Local Bars & Pubs
For a night out with friends, there are several popular bars around campus: Neon Cactus, Jake's Roadhouse, Harry's Chocolate Shop, Scotty's Brew Pub, O'Bryan's Nine Irish Brothers, Chumley's, BW3, and others are popular student gathering places. Only students who are 21 and over can enter the bars. Indiana has strict laws governing the consumption of alcohol.
Just down the hill from the Purdue campus is the Wabash Landing Mall that has a movie theatre, Borders bookstore, Starbuck's Café, and other restaurants.
Festivals & Events
There are also special events and festivals that take place at Purdue and in the Greater Lafayette area every semester.
During the fall, check out the Ross-Ade football stadium on a Saturday of a home football game and participate in tailgating parties and breakfast clubs. The Global Fest at the Morton Community Center near the Purdue campus during Labor Day weekend (early September), the Purdue Homecoming Celebration in October, and the Feast of the Hunter's Moon at Fort Ouiatenon (October) are all interesting and fun events in which to participate during the fall semester.
During the spring, the Purdue Spring Celebration and the International Food Bazaar, both in April, are highly anticipated events. While various events are taking place all over campus (cricket-spitting contest at the Bug Bowl), various international student groups are cooking up a storm and sharing national food specialties with the local community.
The International Center (IC) on the Purdue campus also organizes several social events throughout the semester.