With thousands of students roaming downtown Tallahassee, the town offers a variety of fun things for college students to do when they manage to find some free time. What many don’t realize is they don’t even need to leave Florida State University's beautiful campus to find ways to let loose. FSU hosts a number of events and activities for students to relax on campus between attending classes and study sessions.
Right at the heart of campus lies Oglesby Student Union, home to the FSU Art Center, Crenshaw Lanes, and Club Downunder.
Artists and non-artists alike will enjoy spending time at Paint-A-Pot in the FSU Art Center. Pottery pieces start at only $8, with no additional fees for paint, glazing, or studio time. For students who want to fine-tune their creative skills, the Art Center also offers 7-week classes at discounted rates.
FSU's very own bowling alley, Crenshaw Lanes, is another Union hot spot. Students can bowl for only $1.75 per game, and rent shoes for a $1.50. On Friday and Saturday nights, Crenshaw hosts cosmic bowling, complete with black lights, disco balls, and popular music.
Club Downunder, situated across from the campus Einstein Bros., brings in musicians, artists, and comedians throughout the school year, free for FSU students. For the more socially conscious, the folks at Union Productions also invite special speakers and host documentary nights that focus on current social and global issues.
On the other side of campus is the Student Life Cinema (more commonly referred to as the SLC), and the Student Life Building. The SLC shows free movies almost every night of the week, playing everything from classics to documentaries to not-yet-on-DVD blockbusters. With such a wide range of genres available, the SLC has something for everyone, from the recreational moviegoer to the film buff.
Connected to the SLC is the Student Life Building, which houses a cyber café called the Grindhouse. The café offers both classic coffeehouse drinks and special, cleverly named coffee concoctions such as the Zoolander, an orange and mocha cold blended beverage. The Grindhouse also boasts WiFi, gaming computers, and board games. Open from 5:30-11 p.m. on weeknights, the Grindhouse is a great place to study or just hang out with friends.
With so many resources, FSU students can indulge in many enjoyable and inexpensive activities to unwind amid the stress of school, all the while exploring this vast campus.
For more information about the Art Center, Crenshaw Lanes or other Oglesby Union activities, visit www.union.fsu.edu. For more about Club Downunder, visit www.unionproductions.org. For more information about the SLC, the Grindhouse, or a calendar of upcoming movies and events in the Student Life Building, visit www.movies.fsu.edu.