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Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University

Event Types Welcomed

  • Adult Social Events
  • Expo/Competitions
  • Professional Meeting / Training / Conference / Retreats
  • Youth Retreat/Camps


Plan your next event here in the heart of Silicon Valley, California. We welcome Non-Profit organizations, conferences and youth programs on our campus from mid-June to late August. Experience our beautiful Santa Clara campus, which contains stunning Mission Revival architecture similar to the historic Mission Santa Clara de Asis that the campus surrounds.

Our campus is conveniently located by San Jose Mineta Airport and the Cal Train Station. The Cal Train is the best way to get around the Bay Area with stops in downtown Palo Alto, Mountain View and San Francisco. Or rent a car and drive down the coast to Santa Cruz, Monterey, Carmel and Big Sur.


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Meeting & Event Spaces

  • Max Capacity: 400 guests
  • Largest Classroom Style: 50
  • Largest Theatre Style: 350
  • Largest Auditorium Seating: 500
  • Largest Seated Reception: 250
  • Academic Year Largest Group: no
Parlors BC Multipurpose Room
Meeting and Banquet Spaces
Benson Memorial offers three rooms with flexible meeting space from rounds, to theater and cocktail receptions. Locatelli is our largest room and can accommodate rounds and theater.
Finn Multipurpose Room
Residential Hall Multipurpose Rooms
Some of our residential halls also include a multipurpose room that can accommodate under 100 in various formats.
Traditional Classroom
Each of our classrooms have unique floor plans from traditional desks with chairs, stadium seating, to group style seating. Our classrooms vary from seating size from 10-50 person. Perfect for breakout or lectures
Mayer Theater
Performing Arts Center - Mayer Theater, Recital Hall and Fess Parker
SCU Presents' largest facility is the Louis B. Mayer Theatre. This spacious performance facility accommodates productions and events with substantial audiences. Named after the founder of Metro Goldwyn Mayer film company, the Mayer Theatre was dedicated by actress Helen Hayes in 1975. The venue is based on a flexible proscenium/thrust stage with lighting, projection, and sound systems. Seating Capacity: 500 Music Recital Hall- Seating Capacity 248, Artists and audiences alike enjoy the unique and intimate interaction of the Music Recital Hall. A comfortable and elegant setting with brilliant acoustics, the Music Recital Hall is the home to a wide range of music; from avant-garde to classical. Fess Parker- Seating Capacity 130 . This black box theatre offers flexible seating arrangements (thrust, in-the-round, etc.), an intimate performance space, and a close connection between the audience and the artist.
Conference Rooms
We have various small conference spaces on campus that can fit 6-10.
455 Guadalupe Hall
New for 2023, introducing 455 Guadalupe Hall. This room is available year round. Maker Classroom holds 40 Lab Classroom holds 72 5 Conference Rooms - holds 6-10 people

Food & Beverage Options

Adobe Lodge
Adobe Lodge: As the only remaining Adobe brick building from the original Santa Clara Mission establishment, the Adobe Lodge offers a unique place to visit and dine, serving a variety of lunch options, including salads, soups, a grill menu, and daily specials. Guests can choose to eat on the patio or in the dining room of the Lodge.
  • Seating Capacity: 200
  • Menu
Marketplace Cafeteria
Santa Clara’s main dining room located in Benson Memorial Center. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served cafeteria-style to offer a similar collegiate dining experience enjoyed by students. Reserved exclusively for camps, conferences and university personnel, this venue creates a comfortable and safe environment for guests.
  • Seating Capacity: 400
  • Menu

Catering options

On-Campus Catering by Bon Appétit
At Bon Appétit, we blend a tradition of fine service with creative planning and consistent event execution to bring satisfaction every time. We specialize in made-from-scratch menus featuring regional and seasonal ingredients and artisan-produced products.


  • Total Number of Overnight Guests: 1625
  • Number of Overnight Rooms: 1600
  • Wi-Fi in Guest Rooms: Yes
  • Wi-Fi Guest Room Cost : No additional cost.
Overnight Room Attributes
  • Air-conditioned rooms available
  • Kitchen Available
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Washer/Dryer
  • WiFi


Traditional Residential Hall
Our traditional halls each have a unique floor plan. All halls come with a common lounge, kitchen, and laundry room.
Nobili Suite Style Residence Hall
Suite Style Residential Hall
We offer several styles of residential suites from; jack and jill rooms with shared restroom, rooms with private bathrooms, and a 4 bedroom suite with 2 bathrooms. The Residential halls come with a common lounge, kitchen, and laundry room.
This accommodation has A/C
Apartment Residential Halls
Our apartment residential halls have 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a common living area, and kitchen.
This accommodation has A/C
Townhome Residential Buildings
Our townhome style buildings have 2 to 4 bedrooms. The the townhomes include a shared restroom, common living area, full kitchen, and in laundry unit.
This accommodation has A/C

Featured Amenities

  • A/V Equipment
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Air Conditioning Air Conditioning
  • Bus - Shuttle, Public Bus Access Bus
  • Car Charging Station Car Charging Station
  • Chairs
  • Fitness Center Fitness Center
  • In-House Catering
  • Laundry
  • Linens
  • Near Public Transit
  • Outdoor Space
  • Overnight Rooms
  • Paid Parking
  • Tables
  • Theater Seating
  • WiFi

Venue Location + Transportation


500 El Camino Real,
Santa Clara, California 95053-1017


  • BusBus
  • LyftLyft
  • TrainTrain
  • UberUber

Nearby Airport

  • San Jose Mineta International Airport - 7 minutes

Nearby International Airport

  • San Jose Mineta International Airport - 7 minutes


  • Onsite Parking: Yes
  • Car Charging Stations: Yes

Nearby Cities

San Jose – 5|San Francisco – 45|Santa Cruz – 45

Things to Know


  • Must Use In-house Catering: Yes
  • External Catering Allowed: No
  • Can Bring in Own Food: no
  • Cultural Catering Available: No
  • Food and Beverage Onsite: Yes
  • Do you offer tables, chairs, and linens?: Yes


  • Guest Wi-Fi: Free
  • Onsite Tech Support: Yes
  • Wi-Fi in meeting space: Yes
  • Equipment Available On-Site:
    • LCD Projectors
    • Projector Screen
    • Microphones
    • Sound System

Venue Policies

  • Alcohol Consumption: Yes
  • Smoking Permitted: no
  • Cannabis Industry-Friendly: No
  • Cannabis Consumption: No
  • ADA Accessible: Yes
  • Family Friendly: Yes
  • Pet Friendly: No