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University of British Columbia – Vancouver

University of British Columbia – Vancouver

Event Types Welcomed

  • Adult Social Events
  • Corporate Social Events
  • Expo/Competitions
  • Family Reunions
  • Leisure Travel
  • Professional Meeting / Training / Conference / Retreats
  • Wedding Ceremonies
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Youth Retreat/Camps


Located in Vancouver, The University of British Columbia is Canada’s largest university conference facility. The picturesque campus provides the perfect space for your next corporate or social event. University of British Columbia offers affordable accommodations with the capacity of hosting groups up to 4,000. The Vancouver campus consists of 85,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space with attractions, recreation, shopping, and restaurants on-site making it a convenient locale for your event. Vancouver is well known for its beautiful landscape and makes it a perfect location for any private event.

Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre is located right in the heart of UBC Vancouver campus and is available year-round. The venue contains the Jack Poole Hall, a 4,700 square foot event space that can hold 400 people in reception style seating. The space contains 14-foot glass walls that provide the room with unforgettable lighting and ambiance and is ideal for presentations, weddings, and other social events. Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre can flexibly accommodate other events as well, as it is equipped with a welcome centre, meeting rooms, lounge spaces, and classrooms.

University of British Columbia’s campus is also home to distinct venues that have different charms. First Nations Longhouse is a beautiful, cedar log building that functions as an event and conference venue on campus. The 3,000 square foot Great Hall is perfect for meetings and social events and holds up to 400 guests. The Museum of Anthropology is filled with gorgeous artwork and cultural exhibitions and can host both indoor and outdoor events for up to 400 guests as well, providing a stunning event venue for anything ranging from weddings to workshops and outdoor barbeques. Meanwhile, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts is perfect for large concerts and theatre events, as it holds up to 1,200 guests, contains state-of-the-art multimedia capabilities, and even has smaller spaces onsite to function as breakout rooms.

Planners that require classrooms and other meeting spaces for their corporate or social events will find that University of British Columbia boasts some of the finest spaces in the area including Woodward, which contains six large lecture theaters than can comfortably accommodate anywhere from 108 to 503. Groups can similarly find smaller classroom setups at the Earth Sciences Building (ESB), Ponderosa Commons, Allard Hall, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, or Residence Meeting Rooms.

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Meeting & Event Spaces

  • Max Capacity: 2500 guests
  • Largest Classroom Style: 1000
  • Largest Theatre Style: 5000
  • Largest Auditorium Seating: 1200
  • Largest Arena Seating: 5000
  • Academic Year Largest Group: yes
Student Recreation Centre
Located directly across from the Walter Gage Residence. Ideal for tradeshow, poster sessions or plenary.
  • 17713 Sq. Ft.
  • 1000 Banquet Style
  • 800 Classroom Style
  • 1500 Theatre Style
  • Floorplan Layout
War Memorial Gym
Accommodates up to 3300 delegates for plenary sessions. Ideal for tradeshow or poster sessions.
  • 15000 Sq. Ft.
  • 800 Banquet Style
  • 650 Classroom Style
  • 3000 Theatre Style
  • Floorplan Layout
Chan Centre Concert Hall
Versatile and architectually stunning theatre. Ideal for plenary sessions or lectures for up to 1200 people. Additonal space for breakout sessions in the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts are the 160-seat Royal Bank Cinema and the 250-seat Telus Studio Theatre.
Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Arena
Host venue of the 2010 Olympic Games. The arena has 5,000 permanent seats and can house up to 7,500 people for concerts, sporting and special events.
Gerald McGavin Rugby Pavillion
Located near West 16th and East Mall overlooking the Arthur Lord and Frank Buck fields. Ideal for hosting receptions and special events, the $2.5 million facility has a clubhouse lounge, change rooms, and bleacher seating for 300 spectators.
  • 3500 Sq. Ft.

Food & Beverage Options

Sage Bistro
This open and airy restaurant with an outdoor patio offers great West Coast cusine and expansive view of the mountains & ocean. Opens Monday to Friday for breakfast and lunch. Available for private functions of up to 350 people. BREAKFAST: 7:15am - 9:00am (Monday-Friday) LUNCH: 11:30am - 2:00pm (Monday-Friday)
  • Seating Capacity: 200
The Point Bar & Grill
UBC's newest innovative upscale casual dining restaurant with exceptional cuisine, beautiful and stylish decor, and cheerful service in a relaxed lounge style environment located in the heart of Marine Drive Residence, the restaurant is equipped with HDTV's and full bar service featuring draft beer, bottled beer with both local and imported beer, coolers, wine and mixed drinks and cocktails. Chef Josh uses locally sourced foods, organic greens from the UBC Farm and Ocean Wise seafood. Group menus and BBQ available. 11:00am– 10:00pm (Sunday – Wednesday) 11:00am – 11:00pm (Thursday - Saturday)
  • Seating Capacity: 110
  • Menu


  • Total Number of Overnight Guests: 5000
West Coast Suites
Available year round, the only all-suite hotel on the UBC Vancouver campus. Sofisticated, well-appointed one-bedroom suites (450 sq. ft.) feature contempory west coast furnishings, in room safe, fully equipped kitchens, and free WiFi.
  • 47 Rooms
  • 94 Beds
Gage Suites
Private studio suites and spacious one-bedroom suites with fully-equipped kitchens and free high speed wireless internet.
  • 352 Rooms
  • 422 Beds
The Gage Towers - High Rise
Shared apartments and private family suites, 4 or 6 bedrooms with shared washrooms, wired Internet connectivity and full kitchens. Many rooms with spectacular views. Free Campus WiFi. 
  • 708 Rooms
  • 1008 Beds
The Residences - Place Vanier
Single and twin dormitory rooms in a park like setting. Ideal lodging for youth, school groups, sports teams and language camps. Ample field space for activities. Tennis and basketball courts on site.
  • 1285 Rooms
  • 1285 Beds
The Residences - Totem Park

Totem Park offers two room types in a park like setting:
1) Semi-private, two adjacent rooms with single bed in each shared one washroom.
2) Single and twin dormitory rooms, shared hallway washrooms.
Ideal lodging for youth, school groups, sports teams and language camps. Ample field space for activities. Tennis and basketball courts on site. Cafeteria on site, various meal plans available.

  • 1484 Rooms
  • 1484 Beds

Featured Amenities

  • Air Conditioning Air Conditioning
  • Bus - Shuttle, Public Bus Access Bus
  • Eco-Friendly
  • Fitness Center Fitness Center
  • Golf Course Golf
  • Linens
  • Near Public Transit
  • Outdoor Space
  • Overnight Rooms
  • Paid Parking
  • Pet Friendly
  • Running Trails
  • Sports Facilities
  • Taxi
  • Theater Seating
  • WiFi

Venue Location + Transportation


Conferences & Accommodation at UBC,
5961 Student Union Blvd,
Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 2C9


  • BusBus
  • TaxiTaxi

Nearby Airport

  • Vancouver International - 20 minutes

Nearby International Airport

  • Vancouver International - 20 minutes


  • Onsite Parking: Yes

Nearby Cities

Vancouver – 7|Whistler – 77|Victoria – 70

Things to Know


  • Must Use In-house Catering: No
  • External Catering Allowed: Yes
  • Cultural Catering Available: Yes
  • Food and Beverage Onsite: Yes


University of British Columbia has wireless internet in all suites and all other properties have Ethernet ports. There is free ultra-high speed wireless connectivity throughout the British Columbia campus.

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

Venue Policies

  • Alcohol Consumption: Yes
  • Smoking Permitted: no
  • Eco Friendly: Yes
  • Family Friendly: Yes
  • Pet Friendly: Yes


Conference Services
Complimentary to all of our conference groups. We provide expert assistance in organizing conferences on campus, such as conference coordination and support services.
Registration Services
Make delegate registration for your conference effortless by using our Registration Services. > Online registration > Conference Website > On-site Staffing and Management > Secretariat Services > Conference Promotion > Conference Account Financial Management
Meeting Planning & Registration Services
We are experienced in managing a wide range of academic and association conferences. > Budget preparation and control > Abstract handling > Exhibit management > Registration Services > Social and guest programs > Website creation and maintenance > Preparation, printing and distribution of promotional materials


The UBC Campus has Wireless connectivity in all public areas and campus accommodation rooms.  Ethernet ports in Residence rooms.