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8 uni drinking games every student should know

Let's be honest – what is a pre-drinking session without some fun drinking game nonsense to get stuck into?
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Drinking games have long been a firm favourite in student lore – and with good reason.

Not only are they great fun, but they tend to be more socially engaging than sitting around awkwardly sipping beers comparing notes on how many lectures you made it to that week.

These super easy drinking games are perfect for pre-drinking with friends, and work as perfect ice-breakers for when you're getting to know people a bit better.

On that note: Don't ever feel pressured into taking part in drinking games if you're not up for it, as it will involve drinking faster than you normally would.

If you're worried about overdoing it, make yourself a drink before starting and make it booze-free (or much weaker than you would normally go for). No one will even notice!

Check out our predrinking on a budget tips – spend half the cash but have double the fun.

8 best drinking games

  1. Ring of Fire

    ring of fire gameAlso goes by the name of ‘Kings', ‘King's Cup' and various other aliases, there's nothing that'll add a bit of drama to a night like a good ol' game of Ring of Fire.

    Grab yourself a pack of cards and a pint glass, and spread the cards around the glass facing downwards.

    Moving in a circle, take it in turns to pick up a card and follow the instructions dictated by the number of the card you've chosen (colour/suit doesn't matter in this game).

    While there's often much dispute over what the official rules of this game are, we can proudly present to you the Save the Student version to avoid any arguments.

    Ace – ‘Waterfall' – One player starts drinking, then the player to their left starts to drink, and so on. Once the whole circle is drinking the person who started the chain may stop, but you cannot stop drinking before the person before you stops

    Two – ‘You' – nominate a person to take a swig of their drink

    Three – ‘Me' – take a gulp of your own beverage

    Four – ‘Boys' – all males in the circle drink

    Five – ‘Thumb Master' – when you put your thumb on the table everyone must follow. The last person to put their thumb down, drinks. You remain thumb master until someone else picks up a five. Ooh the power!

    Six – ‘Girls' – all females in the circle drink

    Seven – ‘Heaven' – last one to point to the ceiling drinks

    Eight – ‘Mate' – pick someone who has to drink whenever you have to drink (until someone else picks up an eight)

    Nine – ‘Rhyme' – choose a word, and the person to your left has to think of a word that rhymes with it. It then continues round the circle with everyone taking a turn with a rhyming word. Whoever hesitates first or repeats a word that's already been said, drinks

    Ten – ‘Categories' – similarly, start off with a word from a category (e.g. ‘poodle' – dogs) and see who is the first to stumble

    Jack – ‘Make a rule' – make up a rule of your own and it must be followed on penalty of drinks for the rest of the entire game. The more ridiculous, the better of course.

    Queen – ‘Question Master' – this is when drinking game worlds collide! You get to ask a question, and the response has to be the same as ‘Never have I ever' (rules above)

    King – ‘Pour/Drink' – the first three kings to appear indicate you have to pour some of your drink into pint glass in the middle of the table. The last one means the central cup is all yours! Don't get too excited now (maybe ask directions to the bathroom before you indulge).

    Also take care to not break the circle of cards, or the rules dictate you must down your entire drink. And who are we to argue with the rules?

  2. Never have I ever

    never have I everA great way to discover new, interesting and even scandalous facts about your drinking buddies!

    Everyone takes it in turns to say a sentence which starts with “Never have I ever…” and the more embarrassing or brutal end to the sentence, the better.

    So for example, you might say: “Never have I ever gone without showering for three or more days.” If this is true for anyone in the group, they have to take a drink.

    You can understand why this is a Fresher's Week favourite – the things you will find out about your flatmates will set the tone for the rest of the year!

  3. International drinking rules

    fun drinking gamesThis is one of the best drinking games without cards, and is a good option for those who are a bit less enthusiastic about the ‘organised fun' element of drinking games.

    With this one, you can carry on socialising as normal, but there are a few rules you have to bear in mind along the way that if broken, means you must drink!

    Ring of Fire rules:

    • No swearing

    • No saying the word “drink”

    • No calling anyone by their name

    • No pointing (with your finger or thumb)

    • Everyone has to drink with their ‘weaker' hand (so if you're left handed, you have to drink with your right)

    • Your drink can't be put down on the table less than a thumb's length from the edge of the table, and other drinkers can challenge you if they thing their thumb could reach it (and if it does, you've got to drink)

    • Empty glasses can't be put down on the table – they have to be refilled, or you have to stand around like a pillock with an empty glass in your hand.

  4. Centurion

    This is definitely not one for the faint hearted (or lightweights) among us – as you might guess from the name, this games involves drinking 100 shots in as many minutes.

    In order to complete the game without having to get your stomach pumped, we suggest going for low alcohol beer or cider rather than anything stronger (you'll thank us later).

    This is a popular one for watching a football game – but you do run the risk of having no idea what's going on if it goes to penalties!

  5. Roxanne

    Roxanne drinking gameIf you're not already familiar with this song, a quick raid of your parents' music collection and you should be able to find a copy to pinch for your all-important drinking game sessions (we're sure they won't mind).

    This one is perfect for big groups, as the rules are as straight-forward as it gets: Take a drink every time Sting sings the word ‘Roxanne' – you'll be lucky if you have anything left in your glass once the song is done.

    Another option is to split the room into two groups (maybe down the centre of the room/ standers versus sitters/ guys vs. ladies – whatever you'd prefer) and have one half drink on ‘Roxanne' and the other half drink on ‘put on the red light'.

  6. Task Master

    sneaky april fools prankThis is a good one if you're pre-drinking in halls or at the pub, as it will inevitably involve approaching lots of people who aren't involved in the game.

    The game starts with a game of rock, paper, scissors until someone is appointed the first Task Master of the game.

    The Task Master then has the duty (or privilege, shall we say!) of appointing a task to someone in the group that involves people who don't know you're playing a game.

    For example, they could tell them to go and ask to borrow some underwear from a housemate or something similar.

    The rules are: if you refuse to do the task, you need to drink your entire drink; if the task fails (i.e. you give the game away to the person) they drink half their drink; if the task is a success, everyone else in the group takes a drink, and the role of Task Master is passed onto them!

  7. Drinking Jenga

    drinking jenga gameThis one takes a bit of pre-prep, so get your sharpies at the ready and your creative juices flowing!

    Oh, and you'll need to invest in a Jenga set too (if your flat are all partial to a drinking game, do a whip round so your digs can have its very own drunk Jenga set!).

    Write a different command on each Jenga block, and set the tower up as normal. For every block that's taken from the Jenga tower without it toppling, the person who removes the block must do the command that's written on it.

    Before you begin, everyone pours a bit of their drink into a pint glass. As you probably guessed – whoever topples the Jenga tower has to down the entire pint glass!

  8. Beer pong

    Beer pong drinking gameFinally, beer pong is one of the best beer games to play at parties, and is perfect for those who are keen to bring skill into the equation.

    Set up a table with plastic cups at each end, arranged in a triangle shape (like a ten pin bowling).

    Players at each end take it in turns to try and throw a ping pong ball into the cups, which we forgot to mention, are conveniently filled with beer.

    If you get the ball in the cup, your opponent must drink it. First side to demolish the other side's cups wins.

Now all that's left is to save money on your night out!

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