How to Have a College Movie Night

One of the best ways to get your friends together is to hold a movie night. You can make it a big deal and have a bunch of people over, provide food, and watch several movies, or you can keep it chill, just invite a few people, and relax. It’s up to you. Either way, there are a few things that you’ll need:

A Great Movie

First, obviously, is a movie! If you don’t have a specific one in mind (it’s fun to get together to rent a movie that’s just come out on DVD), you can always go with a college classic, like Animal House, National Lampoon’s Vacation, or Caddyshack. Having a scary movie night is a lot of fun, too.

Choose a Date

After you’ve picked out a movie (or maybe before), you’ll have to pick a night to watch it.

  • Fridays and Saturdays are great, because you can stay up late and not go to class in the morning.
  • Sundays can be good, too, if you’ve been partying really hard and are still hung over late at night.
  • Thursdays can be good, as a way to start your weekend a little early. Really, you can do it on any night that works.
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Weekday, weekend, whatever, as long as you have a couple hours that you don’t desperately need to dedicate to homework, you’re good!


A lot of people like to eat while they watch movies, so you might want to stock your cupboards with college favorites like frozen pizza or pizza rolls. You’re getting together to watch a movie, not to cook, so keep it simple. If you’re the type that really likes to go all-out, you could prepare something before people come over.

More munchy foods like chips and salsa (or dip) and popcorn are good, too. And don’t forget drinks—stock your fridge with beer, cider, soda, juice, or whatever else you and your friends like to drink. Making margaritas, martinis, or another slightly more involved drink is a favorite way to get ready for a movie, so consider getting the supplies to prep one of these.

And that’s really it

It doesn’t take much to have a movie night—and that’s one of the reasons that college students like them so much! You don’t have to get party decorations, you don’t have to clean your room, you don’t have to buy a ton of food; it’s pretty simple.

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So don’t sweat getting ready, just get a movie, some food, some friends, and go for it!