Canada's top party schools 2020 - Macleans.ca

Canada’s top party schools 2020

Which schools’ students log the most hours having fun? And how many hours on average are Canadian students partying? The results of our annual student survey.

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Students party at Laine Hall residence at St. Francis Xavier University. (Photograph by Mikaela MacKenzie)

Maclean’s surveyed more than 18,000 university students across Canada in 2019 and asked them to estimate how much time they spend partying each week. We tallied the average weekly party hours for each school, removing extreme outliers to ensure a small number of “super partiers” don’t skew the results. We don’t know if it was the legalization of marijuana, a festive mood in the air, or something else entirely, but students across the country reported spending significantly more time living it up compared to the previous year. The average student in 2019 spent 4.7 hours per week partying, up from 3.0 hours the year before. Respondents said they spent an average of $12.86 on drinking each week—up from $11.80 in 2018—and consumed an average of 3.9 alcoholic beverages, compared to 3.3 the previous year. Contrary to what you see in the movies, however, most students don’t drink or party much at all, with about one-third reporting they never engage in either activity.

Check out our ranking of schools where students party the most. All numbers are self-reported.


Rank University Hours Partying
1 St. Francis Xavier University 10.6
2 Bishop's University 8.8
3 Queen's University 8.5
4 Acadia University 8.2
5 Western University 7.0
6 Wilfrid Laurier University 6.7
*7 McGill University 6.6
*7 Mount Allison University 6.6
9 Dalhousie University 6.2
10 University of New Brunswick 5.8
11 Laurentian University 5.4
12 Lakehead University 5.3
13 Trent University 4.9
*14 Carleton University 4.8
*14 University of Ottawa 4.8
16 University of Guelph 4.6
17 Ryerson University 4.4
18 St. Thomas University 4.2
*19 Brock University 4.1
*19 Concordia University (Montreal) 4.1
*19 Ontario Tech 4.1
*19 Université de Sherbrooke 4.1
*19 University of Victoria 4.1
*19 University of Windsor 4.1
25 Nipissing University 4.0
26 Saint Mary's University 3.9
27 McMaster University 3.8
*28 The University of British Columbia (UBC) 3.6
*28 Memorial University of Newfoundland 3.6
*28 University of Toronto 3.6
*28 York University 3.6
32 University of Alberta 3.5
*33 University of Lethbridge 3.4
*33 University of Regina 3.4
*33 University of Waterloo 3.4
36 University of Saskatchewan 3.2
37 Simon Fraser University 3.0
38 University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) 2.9
*39 University of Manitoba 2.8
*39 Université de Moncton 2.8
41 The University of Winnipeg 2.7
42 University of Calgary 2.5
43 Brandon University 2.0