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University of California, Riverside

University of California, Riverside

Event Types Welcomed

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


The University of California Riverside is centrally located in beautiful Southern California, a relatively short drive away from mountains, beaches, theme parks, resorts, casinos and world-class golf. Our Conference, Event & Catering Services team is a “One-Stop-Shop” that provides a meeting space, catering, along with additional services that may be needed to plan your event.

The University of California, Riverside contains multiple spaces of varying capacities, making the venue suitable to host groups of almost any size. Citrus Grove Catering at UC Riverside, the venue’s exclusive caterer, provides excellent on-site service for your catering needs ranging breakfast and coffee, receptions, cocktail parties, and formal dinners. University of California, Riverside looks forward to the opportunity of hosting your next Riverside event. Watch the video above to see some of the attributes that make the University of California, Riverside the premier event venue in all of Riverside.

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Meeting & Event Spaces

  • Max Capacity: 2000 guests
  • Largest Classroom Style: 250
  • Largest Theatre Style: 500
Pentland Hills Bear Cave
The Bear Cave is a multi-purpose room available for set-up in many styles. Conveniently located within Pentland Hills residential housing area and close to other residential housing facilities for easy access, with parking close by.
  • 1,800 Sq. Ft.
  • 200 Banquet Style
  • 100 Classroom Style
  • 300 Theatre Style
  • 200 Conference Style
  • TBD Hollow Square Space Style
Pentland Hills break out meeting rooms
There are a number of classroom-style meeting areas for conference group use, conveniently located within the Pentland Hills housing community, and just steps away from other residential facilities.
  • 30 Banquet Style
  • 40 Classroom Style
  • 50 Theatre Style
  • 35 Conference Style
  • 35 Hollow Square Space Style
Glen Mor meeting room C-001
C-001 is a media ready room with a small open foyer for catering needs, and is conveniently located within our Glen Mor Apartments community. Equipped with a large screen, white board and projector, it is a pre-set, ready-to-go meeting space for groups of 20 to 40 people. 
  • 550 Sq. Ft.
  • 25 Banquet Style
  • 20 Classroom Style
  • 40 Theatre Style
  • 25 Conference Style
  • 20 Hollow Square Space Style
UCR Alumni & Visitors Center
The Alumni & Vistors Center is our premier wedding and event location, and is excellent for workshops, conferences and other types of special events. The facility also includes break-out meeting spaces, with an high-tech executive board room for more private meetings. The building is also equiped with the latest in media and technical devices, and can accommodate your every event need.
  • 3,000 Sq. Ft.
  • 100 Banquet Style
  • 180 Theatre Style
Alumni & Visitors Center Dining Room

The Alumni & Visitors Center Dining Room at our Alumni & Visitors Center is situated on the lower level of the building, which provides easy accessiblity, and allows adquate privacy for your event. The location can provide seating for up to 120 people (depending on configuration), and is equipped with two screens, projector and sound capabilities. 

  • 700 Sq. Ft.
  • 100 Banquet Style
  • TBD Classroom Style
  • 180 Theatre Style
  • 70 Conference Style
  • TBD Hollow Square Space Style
UCR Alumni & Visitors Center — Johnson Board Room
The Johnson Board Room is a high-tech, media-savvy room. It's fully equipped with a large screen, projector, table and laptop computer connections, high-speed Internet access and is equipped with microphones and electric connections built into the boardroom tables themselves.
  • 40 Conference Style
Pentland Hills Fox Hole
The Pentland Hills Fox Hole is a multi-purpose room available for set-up in many styles. Located within the Pentland Hills residential community, and steps away from other residential housing facilities.  It is a very functional space for many types of meetings.  It is similar to the Bear Cave, but has a small kitchen attached for easy clean up of events.
  • 1,800 Sq. Ft.
  • 200 Banquet Style
  • 100 Classroom Style
  • 300 Theatre Style
  • 150 Conference Style
  • TBD Hollow Square Space Style
Aberdeen-Inverness Residential Restaurant
(Available summers only) Massive open room can be set up in a variety of ways, including a mixture of meeting and dining areas. Room features 25-foot ceilings for large booths and/or product displays. Located within the Aberdeen-Inverness Residence Hall.
  • 3,000 Sq. Ft.
  • 500 Banquet Style
  • 300 Classroom Style
  • 600 Theatre Style
  • 500 Conference Style
Alumni & Visitors Center — Meeting Rooms 1 & 2
Meeting rooms 1 and 2 are smaller break-out rooms in conjunction with the Redmond Dining Room.  Room dividers provide two seperate areas for workshops or additional meeting space
  • 30/40 Hollow Square Space Style
Alumni & Visitors Center — Patio and Veranda
The AVC Patio and Veranda is a picturesque outdoor venue, adjacent to the Redmond Dining Room.  Great for wedding ceremonies, receptions and other functions, it has the best of what Southern California has to offer for outside venues. 
  • 100-150 Theatre Style
Outdoor Locations
The University has several outdoor areas, patios and lawns that can accommodate meetings, meals and special events.  Outdoor facility reservation may have specific restrictions depending upon the location and time of day.  Citrus Grove Catering can accommodate all of your catering needs inside or outside, and provides the same excellent service!
Lothian Residential Restaurant
(Available summers only) Large facility features several eating areas, including a small stage area, allowing easy set-up for mixed uses. Located within the Lothian Residence Hall.
  • 3000 Sq. Ft.
  • 500 Banquet Style

Food & Beverage Options

Lothian Residential Restaurant
The Lothian dining center has an Italian atmosphere with bistro-style tables, a wonderful outdoor patio area, and great menu options including grilled favorites
  • Seating Capacity: 350
Aberdeen-Inverness Residential Restaurant
The A-I dining center is an all-you-care-to-eat venue, designed for maximum throughput. The kitchen features a rotating menu of all-American favorites and specialty ethnic cuisines that will satisfy everyone in your group.
  • Seating Capacity: 580
Retail Dining at the Highlander Union Building (The HUB)
Located in the center of campus, this modern food court features quick and easy meals from local favorites and national chains such as Panda Express and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. A huge patio area allows for alfresco dining.
  • Seating Capacity: 300
Convenience Stores
These small, general-purpose markets offer packaged goods and freshly prepared sandwiches, soups, salads and gourmet treats. Several markets feature hot foods. Every residential housing community features its own "C-store." In addition, there's a C-Store at The HUB.
  • Seating Capacity: N/A
The Barn Restaurant

The Barn is one of our most historical locations.  Originally a barn when the campus was in its beginning stages, it has been remodeled into a quaint restaurant, providing an entertainment stage venue, with a wonderful outdoor patio. 

  • Seating Capacity: 125
The Culinary Chameleon
The Culinary Chameleon </a>is our very own food truck. Operated by Dining Services, it offers a Latin-themed menu in unique locations around the UCR campus. Also available for private functions.

  • Seating Capacity: N/A
  • Menu

Catering options

Citrus Grove Catering
Citrus Grove Catering is the official catering service for the University. Our professional, on-site operation offers healthy and delicious cuisine for every appetite and every budget, with service to match. For further information please contact the Conference, Events & Catering office at
(951) 827-5471
HUB2Go Pizza

In addition to sandwiches, salads, sides and appetizers, HUB2Go now offers PIZZA, too!

HUB2Go is food that ready packed, and ready to go for your convenience. From pizza to platters to sandwiches, your choices are abundant. And it's easy to arrange, with online ordering and pick up  at the HUB2Go station in The HUB Food Court. We can even arrange delivery in many cases. HUB2Go is an easy and convenient solution for office events, small get togethers, or even for a group study time. 
Breakfast Options

From a continental to a full served breakfast, Citrus Grove Catering has what you need for your morning refreshment. Fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, muffins and eggs are just the beginning of your choices — any of which will provide a great opening to the start of your day, meeting or event.

Lunch Options

Hot or cold, small or large, Citrus Grove provides lunch service just the way you like it. We can accommodate your meal service anywhere on campus, while providing friendly and helpful service.

Dinner Options

Providing dinner menu items for the person with a selective palate, Citrus Grove Catering can design a special menu centered around your specific event.  Please feel free to meet with one of our representatives to create that special menu.

Weddings at UCR

Wedding receptions and ceremonies can be held at our Alumni & Visitors Center, the Culver Center of the Arts and other campus locations. Our wedding menu and information packet will provide you with all the information you need for planning your very special day. Don't forget anniversaries, birthdays and other celebrations!

Ceremony venue

The UCR Alumni & Visitors Center Patio and Veranda is a perfect location for the small to mid-size wedding ceremony. It is a secluded location, behind the Alumni & Visitors Center building, adjacent to our Arroyo nature area, providing a calm and serene outdoor experience.

UCR Wedding Receptions

Our Alumni & Visitors Center can host receptions up to 100 people, including a dance floor and D.J., with table layouts arranged to your specifications. The Culver Art Center location can accommodate up to 150 people. Food and beverage service can be provided by Citrus Grove Catering at both locations.

HUB2Go Box Lunches

Need a dozen box lunches for that last-minute meeting? Need 2,000 box lunches for your big event? Either way, the HUB2Go will help you make all of the arrangements and make it happen.


  • Total Number of Overnight Guests: 4000
  • Number of Overnight Rooms: 1000
Three Tiered Pricing Structure Package
The University offers a three tiered structure package for overnight groups that includes housing, linen and meals.
  • see below Rooms
  • see below Beds
Standard Housing Package
Lothian and Aberdeen Inverness halls are typical residential type rooms, with communal hallway restrooms.
  • 1,000 Rooms
  • 2,000 Beds
Deluxe Housing Package
Our deluxe package includes our Pentland Hills location, providing suite bath accommodations.
  • 600 Rooms
  • 1,200 Beds
Apartment Housing Package
Glen Mor Apartments provide an apartment style living experience. The apartments have 4 single rooms, two baths, with a small kitchen and living area.
  • 125 Rooms
  • 500 Beds

Featured Amenities

  • In-House Catering
  • Outdoor Space
  • Overnight Rooms
  • Running Trails
  • Theater Seating

Venue Location + Transportation


3595 Canyon Crest Drive,
Riverside, California 92507

Nearby Airport

  • John Wayne/Orange County (SNA) - 60 minutes

Nearby International Airport

  • Ontario International - 20 minutes

Nearby Cities

Ontario – 20|Los Angeles – 50|Anaheim- 60|Palm Springs – 50|Big Bear – 50

Things to Know


  • Must Use In-house Catering: Yes
  • Food and Beverage Onsite: Yes


Facilities feature a host of high-tech features, including: LCD projection/panels, video conferencing, teleconferencing, WiFi in meeting spaces, high-speed Internet in guest rooms, AV equipment and multi-platform computer labs.

  • Wi-Fi in meeting space: Yes


Thank you for your help, and your staff for this year's conference planning.  We had a good time and everything went well.  The food was great!
Kenny, Chinese Alliance Church
Thank you and more thank yous.  It was wonderful working with you, you helped us in trying to keep us within a budget.  Your staff was there for us for whatever we needed, the food was fantastic, and our compliments to the chef.
Sue, UCR Friends of the Gardens, Winter Luncheon
I greatly appreciate all the measures you've taken in working with this event for our upcoming KLOS event.  You are all amazing!  I owe you big time!  Geri Ostil Hernandez / Special Projects Manager
American Red Cross
It was another great summer session at UCR (2012).  Thank you for all you do for us, your housing, meals and facilities are great.
Kristen Darlington, Academy Coordinator
George Parks Drum Major Academy


Team Building
UCR offers several different team building options, including a ropes course program located steps away from our residential communities, along with the latest in health and wellness equipment at our Student Recereation Center.
Business Services
The Conference and Event Services Office can also accommodate all your business service needs and requirements, including copies, sending and receiving faxes, message service and more.
University Box Office
Tickets are made avaialble for local attractions and amusement parks at the University Box Office
One Stop Shop Services

Our Conference, Events & Catering Services department offers "One-Stop Shop" services for your event planning.  Call one number, to one office, and complete ALL of your event planning needs! (951) 827-5471

Conference Management
The following conference management services are offered to clients: budget creation, check-in and check-out services, name tags, folders, note pads, pens, fax and copy services, among others. Our Conference and Event staff are here to serve you and your conference needs.


Computer Technology Labs
The University offers computer technology available classrooms for meeting or conference purposes.
Audio-Visual Equipment and Services
The University has an extensive Media Services Department to handle your technology requirements.
Internet access
Internet access is available in all Residential rooms as an option with overnight stays. Wireless Internet access is available in most university meeting rooms, dining facilities and other public venues.