The nightlife is always alive, especially on the weekends or game seasons. There is loud music and chatter that can be heard from a distance. People get dressed up and ready to go out. It is not that far a distance from campus.
Multiple parties every weekend. The party scene is very diverse. One night you could be going to a salsa-dancing party and the next you could be attending a strictly hip-hop party.
Nightlife is very active at UGA. You can find something to get involved with every night of the week. Athens downtown is split between the 'undergrad side' and the 'older crowd side'. With the undergrad side, that is the more popular parts of Athens nightlife as most UGA students and others will flock to the bars/clubs around that area. But if you are looking for great drinks and low key atmosphere the older crowd side is definitely a great choice for a change of pace. Nightlife is literally minutes from campus by walking. The larger bars/clubs will have parties almost every Thursday, Friday or Saturday.
There are always things going on, it's never a struggle to find something to do. Rather, the problem lies in when you should just say no and stay in. Or sometimes it's hard to get all your friends to go out with you because they went out the night before and want to go out tomorrow as well... just not tonight.
UGA's nightlife is always lively. Downtown Athens at night is crowded, packed and people are always having fun. We didn't get ranked #3 party school for nothing. However, there is a totally different party experience for those of us that don't drink but still want to have fun. Phi Slam hosts outrageously big parties filled with fun themes that attract 400-500 students that don't have alcohol. This promotes a great party atmosphere for everyone. Athens really has a fun place for everyone to hang out.
I'm in a sorority and enjoy both greek and non-greek parties here.