California State University San Marcos

California State University San Marcos

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


When it comes to meeting and event space in San Marcos, California, there’s no better event venue than the Quad at California State University San Marcos. Located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos, the University is just a short distance from some of Southern California’s best beaches and an hour from the U.S.-Mexico border, making it the ideal venue to host a memorable and fun-filled event in the area. The Quad has a host of amenities that are available to enhance your social event such as fire pits, a grilling area, and a rooftop terrace. Be sure to get a quote today for our great event space!

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Meeting & Event Spaces

  • Max Capacity: 500 guests
  • Largest Classroom Style: 90
  • Largest Theatre Style: 250
Tukwut I & II
Multipurpose room capable of various layouts as either one large or two smaller spaces. Smart technology equipment includes projector, screen and white boards.
  • 1,248 Sq. Ft.
Professional staff available to answer general questions during normal business hours.
  • 702 Sq. Ft.
Indoor Pavillion
Includes modern furniture groupings as well as flat screen TV. Large sliding glass doors open to the community courtyard.
  • 675 Sq. Ft.
Large grass area connected to the Indoor Pavilion. Contains two commercial gas grills, bench seating and movable lounge chairs.
  • 6,062 Sq. Ft.
Raised sunbathing deck includes 4 outdoor tables with 8 chairs and a large fire pit.
  • 3,250 Sq. Ft.
Outdoor Terrace
Outside sitting area equipped with fire pit.
  • 2,926 Sq. Ft.
The Den
Cozy smart tech multipurpose room. Sliding glass doors open to the Outdoor Terrace.
  • 552 Sq. Ft.
Cougar Cube
A modern space with tables, sofas and TV screens. Max capacity of 46.
  • 810 Sq. Ft.
Sky Terrace
Open rooftop terrace with grill areas, sink, ice machine, and plenty of sitting areas. Max capacity of 48.
  • 725 Sq. Ft.
The Cliff at Cougar Cube
Room overlooking cougar Cube with TV. Max capacity of 18. 
  • 294 Sq. Ft.
Fitness Center
State of the art facility which includes a variety of free weights and stationary equipment.
  • 768 Sq. Ft.
Two facilities with 26 washers and 28 dryers with notification capabilities and debit card readers.
  • 509 Sq. Ft.
QUAD 101
Modern classroom equipped with innovative chairs to enhance a collaborative learning environment. Smart technology includes dual screen projection from digital desktop and a white board. Max capacity of 71.
  • 1,596 Sq. Ft.
QUAD 102
Flexible and collaborative classroom equipped with smart technology and white boards. Max capacity of 42.
  • 920 Sq. Ft.
Prep Kitchen
  • 356 Sq. Ft.


  • Total Number of Overnight Guests: 500

Featured Amenities

  • In-House Catering
  • Outdoor Space
  • Theater Seating

Venue Location + Transportation


200 E Barham Dr,
San Marcos, California 92078

Nearby Cities

Oceanside, Carlsbad, Escondido, Vista, San Diego

Things to Know


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


Smart Classrooms & Portable AV/IT Equipment

  • Equipment Available On-Site:
    • Projector Screen
    • Sound System