The warmer weather and St. Patrick's Day made for some rowdy celebrations as university students were out painting the town green.

Student neighbourhoods in Waterloo were the scene of heavy partying on Thursday, and many are likely to still be feeling the effects on Friday morning.

One student says you're supposed to have a good time because "exams are coming pretty close so we're just trying to let off a little steam."

And while students say it was simply a good time, the partying may have gone a little overboard.

Waterloo Regional police quickly shut down a party at Ezra Avenue and Albert Street, only to have revelers move on to Marshall Street, where more liquor and noise tickets were handed out.

Some students thought the $125 tickets were unfair, especially since they were of age.

Waterloo Regional Police Sgt. Brian Schultz says things are relatively calmer this year so far, but they are ready for whatever the night may hold.

"I don't think we've hit the peak yet. There seems to be more and more party revelers coming out, but as long as they're enjoying themselves and having a good time, that's what we're looking for."

Information on the number of tickets and arrests is expected to be available Friday, as police say they're focusing on keeping things under control for now.