Sports and fitness activities

Matt Painter, Boilermaker Quarterback

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 the Boilermaker 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.

Festivals & Events

Sofie's Traveling Adventure

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.

Local Bars & Pubs

Anna and her friend at Purdue

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. Sofie's Traveling Adventure

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.