Nest Catering Conferences (AMS of UBC Vancouver)

Nest Catering Conferences (AMS of UBC Vancouver)

Award Winner for Caterer of the Year at ILEA 2020 (International Live Events Association)

Event Types Welcomed

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


Memorable Events Begin with a Memorable Space

Winner of Best Caterer Award with ILEA 2020

Situated in the heart of the beautiful University of British Columbia (UBC) campus, the 5-storey Nest building offers planners over 250,000 square feet of innovative event space to work with. Bathed in natural sunlight, the Nest is home to six unique indoor venues, two exterior rooftop spaces, and over 40 meeting rooms; all thoughtfully designed to accommodate any occasion.

In addition to the Nest being a LEED Platinum certified building, we believe in using less energy and creating less waste, supporting a sustainable food system in our catering, providing student employment, and directing profits back into supporting UBC students.

Book your next event with us and discover why the Nest is one of the most popular event spaces at UBC. Located in the heart of the beautiful University of British Columbia (UBC) campus, The Nest is one of the world’s most sustainable buildings.

We provide a range of conference and catering services at various price points, including the ability to accommodate a small meeting of 20 in small meeting rooms to 500 person seated dinner, multi day conferences or a plenary for 800 people in our Great Hall ballroom.

Catering menus are 100% Ocean wise certified, supporting our strong commitment to ethical and sustainable food.

Combined with over 15 years’ experience, full-service event planning and an award-winning culinary team makes The Nest the ideal space to hold events no matter how large or small.

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Meeting & Event Spaces

  • Max Capacity: 900 guests
  • Largest Classroom Style: 504
  • Largest Theatre Style: 840
  • Largest Auditorium Seating: 840
  • Largest Arena Seating: 840
  • Largest Seated Reception: 600
  • Largest Standing Reception: 1000
  • Academic Year Largest Group: yes
  • Rooftop Capacity: 150
Great Hall
The Great Hall is a multipurpose venue that can be tailored to a wide range of events, great or small. Equipped with a sky wall that divides the space for smaller functions and four state-of-the-art projector screens fit for presentations, screenings and slide shows. Plus a built-in sound system that plays up the room's existing acoustics and floor to ceiling windows which wrap around the east and south edge of the ballroom.

The Great Hall is the perfect space to host tradeshows, general sessions, breakout sessions, corporate meetings and presentations and special events which include galas, weddings and award ceremonies. Day or night, this ballroom is the ideal location with a lot of natural daylight and various light settings in the evening to cater to every event.
  • 8,782 Sq. Ft.
  • 600 Banquet Style
  • 504 Classroom Style
  • 840 Theatre Style
Additional info on the Lower-Level can be found here. A floor plan can be found here.
Additional info on Level-1 can be found here. A floor plan can be found here.
Additional info on Level-2 can be found here. A floor plan can be found here.
Additional info on Level-1 can be found here. A floor plan can be found here.

Food & Beverage Options

Gallery 2.0 Rooftop Restaurant
Offering full venue buyouts, housed atop of the new AMS Student Nest in the heart of the University of British Columbia campus, Perch Rooftop Lounge offers a memorable dining experience with views overlooking the North Shore mountains and a menu focused on sustainable, low impact food and drink. Using the vast resource of fresh sustainable product available to us in British Columbia, we will provide you with an exceptional, ethically sourced menu with intuitive and personalized service. 

Working with local producers, farmers and featuring produce and herbs from the UBC Farm and the Nest’s own rooftop garden, the menu will change with the season and availability of the freshest ingredients possible. We will serve only 100% Ocean Wise™. 
  • Seating Capacity: 300
The Pit Pub
The successor of AMS’ legendary student bar, The Pit at the Nest, expands on what was great about the old location and updates everything else. With a giant media wall, a fancy new sound system, and refreshed menu and drink list carrying a variety of local craft beer, The Pit will once again be THE only place on campus to watch the game, have a bite to eat, meet your friends and have a great time!

The Pit Pub offers full venue buyouts. 
  • Seating Capacity: 406

Catering options

AMS Conferences + Catering (in-house)
The Nest serves as a leading full-service catered location to students and external conferences. We are committed to partnering with you in creating exceptional and sustainably responsible experiences for you and your guests. Social responsibility is part of our mandate, in which we give back to UBC students where 100% of our proceeds goes directly to support AMS run student services, resources, and leadership opportunities.
AMS Conferences + Catering (delivery)
Full service off-site catering is also our expertise, where we offer a 100% Ocean Wise™ certified menu. From backyard BBQs to weddings, we have an outstanding team of coordinators ready to make your event a success. Want a bar at your event? AMS Conferences + Catering can provide full bar service anywhere in British Columbia (no need to apply for a Special Occasion License). To support our environmental initiatives, all of our packaging is 100% recyclable or compostable.


UBC Conferences & Accommodations
UBC Conferences & Accommodations offers a variety of differnt room and suite types at the following properties on campus: 
West Coast Suites, The Gage Apartment, The Gage Towers - High Rise, Ponderosa Commons Cedar House, The Residences - Place Vanier and The Residences - Totem Park. 
  • 3929 Rooms
  • 4405 Beds

Featured Amenities

  • Accessible Facilities
  • Bus - Shuttle, Public Bus Access Bus
  • Cannabis-Friendly Cannabis Friendly
  • Fitness Center Fitness Center
  • In-House Catering
  • Linens
  • Near Public Transit
  • Overnight Rooms
  • Paid Parking
  • Rooftop Space
  • Running Trails
  • Taxi
  • Theater Seating
  • WiFi

Venue Location + Transportation


6133 University Boulevard,
Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z1


  • BusBus
  • LyftLyft
  • TaxiTaxi
  • UberUber

Nearby Airport

  • Vancouver International Airport - 30 minutes

Nearby International Airport

  • Vancouver International Airport - 30 minutes


  • Onsite Parking: Yes

Nearby Cities


Things to Know


  • Must Use In-house Catering: Yes
  • External Catering Allowed: Yes
  • Can Bring in Own Food: no
  • Cultural Catering Available: Yes
  • 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
    • Laptops
    • Microphones
    • Sound System

Venue Policies

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


UBC Faculty of Applied Sciences

We write to thank the AMS Conferences + Catering staff for the wonderful service provided to us at our many events over the last year. Planning an event with AMS Conferences + Catering is straight forward and always efficient. We have received many compliments regarding the standard of the food provided as well as the diversity of the menu. The staff were extremely courteous, professional and adaptable when the situation dictated. Again, thanks for all your help and we would have no hesitation in using your services in the future.

Sarah Barclay
Associate Director, Alumni Engagement
UBC Faculty of Applied Sciences
UBC Office of the CIO

The catering was absolutely breathtaking. Thank you and your team for making our meeting so flaw-less and special.

Atoosa Moshtagh
UBC Office of the CIO
Faculty of Science, Office of the Dean

I just want to express our thanks to the Chef and his entire team for the wonderful luncheon they prepared for us today. They were professional, efficient and helpful. The service was attentive and the food was absolutely delicious. Thank you again for this happy ‘in-house’ dining experience.

Betty Chan
Faculty of Science, Office of the Dean
SEEDS and Sustainability Coordinator Programs

Thank you for providing a spectacular culinary performance and a beautiful presentation for the Sustainability Appreciation Luncheon on Friday.

This annual event is an opportunity for the SEEDS and Sustainability Coordinator programs to acknowledge and convey our appreciation to partners across campus. Your involvement and dedication to an outstanding sustainable food luncheon elevated this occasion into something very very special. We’ve heard from colleagues who said that this was the best Appreciation Luncheon they’ve attended, and others have said that the food was the best they’ve ever experienced on campus.
Michael Peterson
Liska Richer
Charlene Ponto
Heather Mulligan
SEEDS and Sustainability Coordinator Programs
Department of Educational Studies

Tamara and I want to thank you for providing such wonderful coffee breaks/meals for our SHCY conference. Everyone raved about the food! The staff that worked at the reception and lunch were friendly and helpful – the rooftop garden was a real hit! Tamara ensured that leftover food was packaged up and distributed to organizations in the Downtown Eastside.

 It was a pleasure to work with you – your professionalism, assistance, and good humour were very much appreciated and we are proud to let you know that the conference was a resounding success!

Mona Gleason
Department of Educational Studies
Peter A. Allard School of Law

I just wanted to say thank you for helping us put on the Dean’s Banquet last night. Everything went off without a hitch, the food was great and the room looked beautiful. Special thanks to all the operations staff who made everything run smoothly yesterday.

We’ll make sure we leave a note for next year’s coordinator regarding our experiences, and encourage them to use the same venue.
James Struthers
Orientation Coordinator

Peter A. Allard School of Law
Faculty of Education Teacher Education Office

This year when we had a record number of registered exhibitors for the annual UBC Education Career fair, the AMS hosted our event without a hitch. During the months leading up to the event, Lyanne was great to work with and offered suggestions to room arrangement and flow for the exhibition in the new space from the SUB to the NEST's Great Hall. It was this open communication throughout the process that let me put my worries to rest. The morning of the event, the space was fully prepped and ready to go. The staff were on hand throughout the day to adjust to special requests. The catering was healthy and delicious. The catering staff were readily available and flexible with their ability to add in additional drinks as needed in the day. What was key, besides an excellent space, was the professionalism of all the individuals whom interacted with me and our guests during that day. For the exhibitors, I heard that it was the best event of its kind that they'd ever been too. From others, I heard praise that the space was perfect. Well done everyone! I look forward to our coming year and holding our event with them again this coming year. Thank you all for supporting us in our career fair. I highly recommend AMS Conferences + Catering.

Lorrie Miller, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator, Student Services

Faculty of Education
The Presbyterian Church in Canada

I wish to express to you the gratitude of the 141st General Assembly of The Presbyterian Church in Canada and my personal thanks and appreciations for the work you did for us with the food service arrangements at the Nest of the Student Union Building and welcoming us to the University of British Columbia.

The preparations for this year was one of great anticipation leading right up to the day we got into the Great Hall and surrounding rooms. Walking into the building on the days before the Assembly was the confirmation that we did not need plan B. The commisioners and other participants enjoyed meeting in the Great Hall. They also appreciated the care offered by staff who ensured refreshments were ready and plentiful. The General Assembly staff was grateful for the flavourful and excellently prepared meals that appeared daily. They provided good nourishment and a break from long days in the office.

Again, my thanks and appreciation to you and Lyanne for all you did for this General Assembly.

Terrie-Lee Hamilton
Senior Administrator

Teacher Education Office
Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic

Our office has often used the services of AMS Conferences + Catering for bookings at the Nest, and for catering orders for meetings. The facilities at the Nest, along with the expert advice and service of the AMS Conferences + Catering staff, have been superb! They are truly service-oriented. The selections and flexibility with menus are also important to us.

Pamela Moffett 
The Presbyterian Church in Canada
International Professional Services Firm

Working with Andrea and her team at the Nest was fantastic. Their team did a stellar job in setting up rooms, including AV equipment and catering. As a result, we were able to host a rather large group at a single location without issue, including a full day of working sessions, outdoor activities and a team dinner. The atmosphere and service was amazing and I would not hesitate to recommend the Nest to others.

Chris S. 
Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic
International Professional Services Firm