University Of California, Santa Cruz | Unique Venues
University of California, Santa Cruz

University of California, Santa Cruz

Unique Venue Features

  • Winner: Youth Retreats & Camps
  • Best of Awards - Unique Venues

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


UCSC is the perfect choice for your next conference. We’re available for overnight groups each June, July, and August, and affordable campus housing options include traditional residential halls and shared apartments. We’ll guide you through every detail of your housing, meeting, dining, and catering needs, and can provide a variety of classroom and casual meeting spaces in addition to well-equipped sports facilities to serve both large and small groups.

Registration services are also available. We will set up a registration website for your conference and collect registration fees and other information you require from participants. All credit card transactions are deposited to your own conference account, and registration information is provided to you weekly.

Join the more than 10,000 summer guests who enjoy the breathtaking views of the Monterey Bay from our location, nestled among the redwoods at the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Find out why UCSC is the best place to be.

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Meeting & Event Spaces

  • Max Capacity: 350 guests
  • Largest Theatre Style: 395
We offer a variety of classrooms accommodating from 20 - 90 people.
  • 90 Classroom Style
Lecture Halls
Our Lecture Halls can accommodate from 128 - 473 people.
  • 473 Theatre Style

Food & Beverage Options

Campus Dining Halls
All meals (except those catered by your group) will be served in one of our campus dining halls. You will have several entre options at each meal including vegetarian choices.

Catering options

Full service catering is available.


  • Total Number of Overnight Guests: 350
Adult Conference Housing
Housing available in student apartments with all occupants sharing common areas - living, dining, kitchen and bathroom. All beds are twin size - either one or two to a room.
Youth Programs
Youth programs are typically housed in residential buildings with shared common bathrooms on each floor. Each participant brings his/her own bed and bath linens.

Featured Amenities

  • Overnight Rooms
  • Running Trails
  • Theater Seating

Venue Location + Transportation


1156 High St,
Santa Cruz, California 95064


  • BusBus
  • LyftLyft
  • MetroMetro
  • TaxiTaxi
  • UberUber

Nearby Airport

  • San Jose - 40 minutes

Nearby International Airport

  • San Jose International Airport - 40 minutes

Nearby Cities

San Jose – 40|San Francisco – 75|Monterey – 40

Things to Know


  • Do you offer tables, chairs, and linens?: Yes


Internet connectivity is available in meeting and guest rooms. Teleconference, video conference and computer labs are also available.

  • Onsite Tech Support: Yes
  • Wi-Fi in meeting space: Yes

Venue Policies

  • Smoking Permitted: no
  • Eco Friendly: Yes


"Over the past 20 years, conferences at UCSC enhance our International reputation. Our participants are enchanted with the 2,000 acre UCSC campus overlooking the Monterey Bay and Pacific Ocean. We are happy with the modern facilities, the wonderful staff and healthy meals. Santa Cruz is a vacation destination, and UCSC is the essence of a educational/vacation." Teresa Epstein, NLP University~
NLP University
"The campus of UCSC and its staff have been providing Camp SEA Lab with tremendous customer service each summer catered to suit our needs. Our program participants love to experience the magic of the redwoods that meets the sea!" Amity Wood,Program Manager -Camp SEA Lab
Camp Sea Lab
"We rely on UCSC Conference Services and their amazing staff for housing our seasonal personnel." Jennifah Chard - Shakespeare Santa Cruz
Shakespeare Santa Cruz


Meeting Management
We offer services from budget planning to on-site logistics including web registrations.
Campus Shuttles
UCSC operates free shuttle buses (Monday - Friday) to transport visitors and students around the campus. The shuttles run on regularly scheduled routes.