There aren't a ton of house parties at Canisius, but they do exist. However, the Buffalo area has a vibrant nightlife with many clubs, restaurants, and other hot spots from which to choose. Buffalo does have a reputation as a drinking town, and, well, it's sort of true. It's a party city (what else are you going to do while you're snowed in?). Bars abound from downtown to suburbia, although since the legal drinking age is 21, undergrads won't be spending a lot of time there (presumably). Bars, clubs, and the like are usually accessible via the Metro or subway system, and are somewhat affordable, depending on when and where you go. There are some nights (generally Thursdays) that clubs designate for underage college students, with particular events geared toward that age group. Canisius itself has lots of events in the evenings, as well—movie showings, games, presentations, guest speakers, competitions, and so on—to keep students entertained.
Off-campus activities that don't involve clubbing, drinking alcoholic beverages, or listening to Top 40 being played extremely loud can include visits to Shea's Performing Arts Center, the Alleyway or North Park theatres, local movie theaters, bowling alleys, shops, restaurants, concerts, and coffeehouses.