Every year there is a Spring Weekend Celebration at UConn in mid April. This involves herds of college students traveling to Storrs from all over the country just to drink. UConn even designates a parking lot (X Lot) to contain this drunken festival. State Troopers walk around to quell violence, but underage drinking is pretty much uncontrollable on this special occasion.
Some people take a walk down Hunting Lodge Road or down the "Rape Trail" to the frat parties and the parties at Celeron/Carriage. My opinion is that these are not worth the walk unless stupid drunk girls are the kind of people you like to hang out with.
Hilltop Apartments is closer to campus, and is a vastly underrated party spot, but you usually have to have a liaison inside in order to attend.
If you go to Spring Weekend, make sure you know a UConn student who will let you crash in their room. There is nothing worse than having nowhere to stay when you're drunk on a college campus in the middle of the woods.
Also make sure you arrive early, because the demand for parking is outrageous normally, and spring weekend just makes it worse. The Parking Garage is your safest bet, as cars have been flipped and set on fire in the past. NEVER park in X-lot.
Another warning is that Spring Weekend at UConn is not for the faint of heart: vomiting, public urination and defecation, and drunk fights/riots are not unheard of.
If you do decide to come to UConn for Spring Weekend, make sure you either get drunk enough not to care about the insanity around you, or think up a prank such as throwing water balloons off of North Parking Garage at the drunk people walking back from X-Lot, Carriage House and Celeron Apts.
Have fun. Definitely don't drive drunk. The cops are all over the place on Spring Weekend.
855 Bolton Rd, Storrs, CT 06268
Good for: Solo
Yes, I know it's a chain.
But I was desperate for something to eat, and even more desperate for somewhere to park so I could 'use the restroom' (I've learned to speak American!) and this place appeared on my right.
Absolutely nothing special about it...just a simple diner. But their food prices were reasonable,. their choices good and the place served its purpose.
And the serving staff were cheerful, pleasant and chatty, which was nice.
My thoroughly-unhealthy but very enjoyable breakfast consisted of fried eggs, cheese (american diners seem to be very fond of cheese), bacon and homefries (what we in the UK call 'fried potatoes'). I ate it with pleasure (and did not eat for the rest of the day) and very much enjoyed it.
The coffee was good too and, in true American tradition (as I understood from books, films and TV) refills were free. :-)
Nothing special, as I said...but if you are desperate Friendly's seems as good a place as any to find sustenance!
There really isn't much of a nightlife in Storrs. Outside of the college, it's a pretty small historic town. Inside of the college, there are only a handful of bars that are infested with tube-top wearing, table-dancing, bud light-drinking, underaged girls.