Looking ahead to the back-to-college social whirl, Hostelworld.com, a booking site for hostels literally all over the world, is offering suggestions for hostels near some of America's top party schools. To quote the company's latest PR missive, ''For those whose college days are a distant image in the rear view mirror, but still long for their partying days of yore, Hostelworld.com has assembled a list of hostels located in regions that boast the hardest partying schools in the nation. So while alumni may not return for the thrills of an entire school year, those with a little 'party' left in the tank can revisit the college fun of their youth, if only for a weekend.''
In case you were wondering, no local schools made the list. The top party school (per Princeton Review) is the University of Georgia in Athens, for which Hostelworld recommends Atlanta International Hostel. Near Greencastle, Indiana, home of hard-partying DePauw, the site suggests The Indy Hostel in Indianapolis. For the University of Texas at Austin (Playboy's pick as the most decadent party school), Hostelworld.com proposes Hostelling International Austin. For the University of Wisconsin at Madison (plan ahead for the annual State Street Halloween Party), they suggest the HI Madison Hotel. And, finally, at the University of California, Santa Barbara (home of the annual Floatopia of drunken rafters and tubers), they select the Santa Barbara Tourist Hostel.
You can find them all on Hostelworld.com, of course. We know where we won't be checking in.
Posted by Patricia Harris and David Lyon