In case you didn’t know, fun board games are making a big comeback on college campuses.
Game nights with board games are more and more common, and some college bars have board game nights during the week.
Here are some favorite board games of the college set.
Click on any of the links or pictures below to add to your college student’s or your own board game collection.
Fair warning, though, a couple of the games are adult and irreverent, and not family friendly.
Consider yourself warned.
What’s the best way to find out which board games are best for college students?
I asked my own college student children and their friends which games they liked best and this is their list.
So here is the list of fun board games for college students that they came up with.
It was no surprise that Catan was at the top of that list.
If you start with the basic version, you’ll quickly realize you want the 5 and 6 person extension, so just start with that and save yourself the hassle later on.
Also, because each game is different based on a player’s preferences and luck of the draw, the game stays even more interesting with more players.
Catan has been awarded game of the Year and Game of the Century in Germany, the United States and other countries around the world.
2. Catan Seafarers
What happens when you have a great idea for a board game?
Everyone copies it, unless you copy it first.
That’s where Catan Extension: Seafarers comes in.
The Seafarer’s edition of the popular Catan Settlers board game takes to the seas.
And you really know you’ve got a hit when your game has its own accessories.
Any way you look at it, the Catan series of games is extremely popular.
3. Cards Against Humanity
Although this post is mostly about board games, it is also about frank and rather sarcastic college students.
Do you know any college students who find humor in the darker side of life?
Then, Cards Against Humanity is definitely for them.
This is one of those games that my children tell me to steer clear of, lest I lose my unwavering faith in humanity.
My children see humor in situations I cannot, and because of that, I share their recommendation without further comment.
Believe me now?
The description of this next item illustrates the sarcasm level of Cards Against Humanity and its related products.
They repeatedly tell you it’s an empty box.
They also tell you not to leave one star reviews because the box is empty because they’re telling the box is empty.
The Cards Against Humanity, bigger, blacker box is just that, a box.
The bigger, blacker box is exactly what you need to hold those extra cards.
4. Dutch Blitz – Uno without Rules
Dutch Blitz is like Uno with a twist.
The twist is that you don’t take turns.
Instead, you try to be the first person to get rid of your cards by being faster than the other players.
The original game has four players, but with this expansion pack version, up to 8 people can play.
5. Othello anyone?
An oldie, but a goodie, and this is one fun board game for college students that was surprising.
But the explanation made it easier to understand.
For nights when the gang is busy or you prefer a night without the gang, Othello gives you a bit of strategic nostalgia for a quieter game night.
Makes sense, doesn’t it?
6. Scrabble, a classic board game lives on
Speaking of oldies, Scrabble was invented by an out of work architect in 1933.
He finally got his game to the market in 1938, and people are still playing it 120 years later with over 150 million Scrabble games sold.
While not a favorite for the spelling challenged, Scrabble is a dictionary’s and now Google’s best friend.
7. The Game of Life
I loved playing the Game of Life when I was younger.
Honestly, I still like it.
When I was younger, though, my parents wouldn’t buy it.
I never knew why, and maybe that’s why I made sure my children had this.
It’s nice to know they still like it.
As a parent, I saw the potential to show my children how to make better life decisions.
Of course my children preferred to taunt me by taking ridiculous chances and still winning the game.
No wonder it made the list.
The Game of Life makes everyone happy.
Strategy games are obviously popular on this list and Clue certainly fits the bill.
Through a series of trips through a mansion and a process of elimination, you find the killer.
Like many other fun board games for college students, Clue is so popular it inspired offshoots like a Harry Potter version where you play as your favorite Hogwart’s student and a Game of Thrones edition that features a double sided board and six different characters on each side.
9. Connect Four
Connect Four was one of the most popular games in our house.
I don’t know if it was because the game is colorful, strategic, loud or all of the above.
What I do know is that it is still a favorite and made the list of board games to buy your college student.
10. Secret Hitler
This sounds awful, but the point of the game is to find and eliminate Hitler, so at least there’s that.
And if you have college students, you know they can have a dark sense of humor.
Sometimes it’s what gets them through final exams or a final thesis.
It may not be your kind of game, but it you have a college student with that sense of humor, they’ll love it.
11. Ticket to Ride
This one is a bit more mainstream.
Ticket to Ride is similar to Catan in that they’re both strategy games.
Instead of building roads and settlements, you build trains and railway lines.
This one is great for the family.
In Codenames, you have two teams.
There is a set of cards you lay on the table.
One person from each team gets a map with their team’s words on it.
They try to make connections between the words with a one word clue, and the rest of the team guesses which words they are.
It’s fun and mostly wholesome as long as the clues stay that way.
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What happens after college?
So here’s something interesting.
Playing fun board games after college is a thing, even when the players are in different states.
They play online.
How cool is that?
Each person gets a board or has someone else play for them.
They socialize online and stay in touch while having a great time.
They can even keep track of their games with this awesome Family Game Ledger.
It’s a great gift for those families who like to talk a little smack and have the data to back up the smack talk.
Any more fun board games for college students to add?
So, do you or your college aged children or their friends have any other great board games to add?
While this list is highly subjective, it’s so cool to see college students enjoying classic board games, especially when they could choose something much different to entertain them.
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