Drinking games to enjoy with your new housemates

Oscar Djama Tuckett on 15 September 2020
Drinking games to enjoy with your new housemates

Freshers’ as we know it might be off the cards this year, but that doesn’t mean you and your new mates shouldn’t be able to have fun in your new social bubbles.

Drinking games are a great way to break the ice and there are loads of them out there. Here are some classics to help you and your new buddies ensure that the first few weeks of uni go by in a happy blur:

1. Ring of fire

This drinking game has been the source of many a hangover for young British students over the years. It’s a pretty simple one to set up too; all you need is booze and a pack of cards and then you’re all set.

  • Firstly, place a glass or container in the middle of your table and surround it with a circle of cards that are all facing down. If you’re all feeling brave, pour a bit of each person’s booze into the glass in the middle. The resulting concoction, known as a Dirty Pint*, will come into play later.
  • Now gather your friends around the table and explain the rules of the game. Each card is assigned a different value, although rules can vary depending on where you are. This website claims to be the definitive source of Ring of Fire rules, so we would recommend following their guidelines.
  • The game can end in one of two ways: either when the last card has been drawn, or when the drink in the middle has been finished. For the sake of your health, we would recommend going with whichever happens first!

*Student Hut does not endorse the consumption of said beverage.

 2. Beer pong

British students have nicked this game from across the pond, meaning you’re now likely to see people playing it at rugby initiations and frat parties alike. The rules are simple, although the game itself can be fairly tricky, particularly when you’ve already had a few drinks:

  • To start with, you’ll need around 20 large cups and a rectangular table to play on. You’ll also need two ping pong balls.
  • Arrange your cups in a pyramid formation at opposite ends of the table, with the tip of the pyramid facing your opponents. Fill them up with beer once you’ve organised them.
  • To decide who goes first, each team nominates a person to shoot the ball into a cup whilst maintaining eye contact with their opposite number. The first person to get the ball in will be allowed to start the game.
  • Once you’ve decided who gets to start, each team takes it in turns to get the balls into the opposing team’s cups. Whenever a ball is sunk, the person who hit the target must take the cup, drink the beer and then set it aside.
  • The game continues until one team has eliminated the opposing team’s cups. The team with cups leftover wins the game.

3. 21s

This is probably the easiest game to organise of the lot. Get your group in a circle and count up from one. Each person can say up to three numbers, counting along from the last person (e.g. if the last number before you was seven, you could pick any number between eight and ten for your round). The unlucky person who gets stuck with the number 21 has to take a drink and then you all start again.

There are plenty of other drinking games out there, many of which you’ll invariably discover throughout your time at university. These ones will all go down a treat during freshers’ (even if the drinks don’t), so give them a go if you’re at a loose end during the first few weeks. Just remember to drink responsibly!

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Oscar Djama Tuckett
Oscar Djama Tuckett on 15 September 2020