Carleton University, Conference Services In Ottawa ON
Carleton University, Conference Services

Carleton University, Conference Services

Unique Venue Features

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

Event Types Welcomed

  • Corporate Social Events
  • Expo/Competitions
  • Leisure Travel
  • Professional Meeting / Training / Conference / Retreats
  • Youth Retreat/Camps


Located in Ottawa, Ontario (Canada), Carleton University Conference Services provides a year-round conference and meeting venue. In addition, our campus has accommodations for groups of all sizes with our 3,000 guestrooms available from mid-May to mid-August for overnight visitors. Our event professionals can assist with coordinating the details of your event such as booking spaces and securing additional services such as audio-visual logistics, room setup, parking, and décor. Guests are invited to relax in our beautiful parkland setting, nestled between the scenic Rideau River and the Rideau Canal. Dining is available at our all-you-can-eat dining hall, the Caf, and conference guests can experience our gourmet a-la-carte catering customized to meet the needs of any special event!

Many of our conference rooms are newly constructed and are part of state-of-the-art buildings that feature floor to ceiling windows, modern flare, and can accommodate up to 300 guests. Classrooms and lecture halls can accommodate from 10 to 400 people. Other features of Carleton University facilities include:

  • 4,000 square feet of exhibit space and over 30,0000 square feet of combined meeting space
  • Campus classrooms and lectures halls
  • Teleconferencing, satellite conferencing and Internet connectivity
  • Full-service audio-visual
  • Full-service catering
  • Pool, athletic facilities, parks, and numerous outdoor spaces
  • Approximately (10 minutes) to downtown Ottawa

From seminars to workshops to training, our professional conference planning team will centrally coordinate all arrangements with our Ottawa area campus partners. Our enthusiastic conference assistants provide continual support and personalized assistance from the early preparatory stages of your conference until the closing banquet.

Take a virtual tour of our spaces today visit Richcraft Hall, Residence Commons and our Summer Accommodations in the links below.

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Meeting & Event Spaces

  • Max Capacity: 1500 guests
  • Largest Classroom Style: 400
  • Largest Theatre Style: 400
  • Largest Auditorium Seating: 400
  • Academic Year Largest Group: no
Fenn Lounge
Fenn Lounge is a large open conference space located on the second floor of Residence Commons, capable of accommodating 400 people. From banquet to theatre style, Fenn Lounge can be configured into any style you require. Fenn Lounge is equipped with modern audiovisual equipment, including projectors and sound system. This space is commonly used for lectures, panels, receptions and banquets. This split level space is versatile and contemporary, making it the ideal place to hold your event.
  • 7200 Sq. Ft.
  • 340 Banquet Style
  • 200 Classroom Style
  • 338 Theatre Style
  • 117 Conference Style
Richcraft Hall
Richcraft Hall is designed with an open concept, allowing light into a popular meeting space, the Atrium. In addition to this signature open space, there are many other notable spaces such as Richcraft Conference Rooms , Richcraft Theatre, and the Richcraft Hall Board of Governors Boardroom.
  • 5380+ Sq. Ft.
  • 200 Banquet Style
  • 196 Classroom Style
  • 272 Theatre Style
  • 40 Conference Style
Residence Commons Conference
Located in the newest expansion of the Residence Commons building, rooms 270, 272, and 274 are open space rooms that can be divided into 3 seperate sections with airwalls. Floor to ceiling windows allow for lots of natural light, and this space includes a foyer by the main entrance. This room has a carpeted floor and also has washrooms connected to the room. These rooms can used as a theatre, classroom, U-shape, boardroom, reception, or banquet space.
  • 4002 Sq. Ft.
  • 240 Banquet Style
  • 120 Classroom Style
  • 337 Theatre Style
  • 78 Conference Style
Azrieli Theatre
The Azrieli Theatre is home to four seperate 200+ capacity theatres. Fully equipped with a Data Projector, Wireless Microphone and Lapelle Mic, Interactive Desktop Monitor, Laptop Connections (VGA, HDMI), Assistive Listening Devices, and Wheelchair Accessibility, the Azrieli Theatres are able to accommodate your lecture or conference needs. 
  • 236 Theatre Style
St. Patrick's Theatre
Upgraded in 2014, St Patrick’s Theatre has state-of-the-art technology, furnished with two microperforated screens – a large one for viewing films and a smaller one to facilitate simultaneous projection and chalkboard use. Surround sound speakers can be positioned behind both to emit sound through the screens for true voice positioning. With brand new seating and a new height adjustable podium, the upgraded theatre is a more than ideal classroom!
  • 335 Theatre Style
Alumni Park
A beautiful outdoor setting adjacent to the Rideau River.
  • 1000 Hollow Square Space Style
Anniversary Park
Easily accessible outdoor space catering for up to 500 people.
  • 500 Hollow Square Space Style
Tory Building Quad
Pleasant outdoor space with informal bench seating at the heart of campus.
  • 400 Hollow Square Space Style
General Classrooms
We have a number of classroom spaces available across campus and in a variety of sizes.
  • up to 300 Classroom Style
Minto Bell Theatre
Located off of Campus avenue, the Minto Theatre is a 400-seat lecture theatre that offers the latest in audio-visual equipment. The Minto Theatre has first class accessibility accomodation with Assistive Listening Device, Closed Caption Viewing, Wheelchair Accessible, and Door Opener functionality.
  • 392 Theatre Style

Food & Beverage Options

Other Dining Locations
Visitors to Carleton University are welcome to take advantage of our other dining locations across campus. From Tim Hortons, Subway, and Starbucks we have many options to cater to your every need on campus. See our full list of locations here:
Bakers Restaurant
Bakers is a full service restaurant located on the 4th floor University Centre. Bakers features a seasonal menu crafted by our team of Sous Chefs and is overseen by our Catering Chef Toni Kadamani. Bakers’ offers a variety of $6 breakfast options untill 10:30am, perfect for a business meeting or getting together with friends and family. We also serve a full lunch menu plus a buffet every Friday.
the Caf
Located on the 3rd Floor Residence Commons, the caf, is an all-you-care-to-eat facility, and offers 14 unique stations that offer a wide variety of food choices to our students. Many of the stations are set up to prepare food right in front of your eyes! The caf offers a wide variety of meals that rotate on a regular basis. 

Catering options

Classic Fare Catering
Whether you need simple refreshments for a coffee break or catering services for 1000 guests, Classic Fare Catering from Carleton University Dining Services will impress your guests. With seasonal specials, fresh ingredients and an extensive menu, Classic Fare Catering will be the highlight of your event.
Fresh Food Company
Located on the 3rd Floor of Residence Commons, the Fresh Food Company offers an all-you-care-to-eat experience for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Always cooked fresh and managed by our talented team of chefs, The Fresh Food Company provides a fresh take on dining.


  • Total Number of Overnight Guests: 3,000
  • Number of Overnight Rooms: 2,000
  • Wi-Fi in Guest Rooms: Yes
  • Wi-Fi Guest Room Cost : Free
Overnight Room Attributes
  • 24-hour check-in
  • Air-conditioned rooms available
  • Linens Provided
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Towels
  • Washer/Dryer
  • WiFi


Traditional Style Dorm Rooms
Our traditional dorm rooms consist of two single beds per room which share a washroom with the adjoining room. All rooms are air conditioned and are furnished with two desks & chairs. 
  • 2 Beds
Our suites consist of two or four bedrooms which share a common area and private washroom. All suites are air conditioned and are equipped with a microwave and fridge. 
  • 2 or 4 Beds

Featured Amenities

  • Accessible Facilities
  • Air Conditioning Air Conditioning
  • Bus - Shuttle, Public Bus Access Bus
  • Car Charging Station Car Charging Station
  • Fitness Center Fitness Center
  • In-House Catering
  • Laundry
  • Linens
  • Near Public Transit
  • Outdoor Space
  • Overnight Rooms
  • Paid Parking
  • Running Trails
  • Sports Facilities
  • Taxi
  • Theater Seating
  • WiFi

Venue Location + Transportation


1125 Colonel By Drive,
172 Residence Commons,
Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B6


  • BusBus
  • LyftLyft
  • TaxiTaxi
  • TrainTrain
  • UberUber

Nearby Airport

  • Ottawa International - 10 minutes

Nearby International Airport

  • Ottawa International - 10 minutes


  • Onsite Parking: Yes
  • Car Charging Stations: Yes

Nearby Cities

Montreal – 200 kilometers/124 miles|Toronto – 450 kilometers/280 miles|Syracuse – 312 kilometers/194 miles|Upstate New York – 100 kilometers/62 miles

Things to Know


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


At Carleton University, many of our meeting facilities are equipped for teleconferencing, satellite conferencing, internet connectivity, and full audio-visual services. Printing, photocopying, telephone, and fax services are also available.

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

Venue Policies

  • Alcohol Consumption: Yes
  • Smoking Permitted: no
  • Cannabis Consumption: No
  • ADA Accessible: Yes


I just want to take this moment to say Thank You for your wonderful and ongoing support – you have gone above and beyond to accommodate and take care of all our needs, and reinforcing our decision to continue to stay with Carleton U!
Ezmina, Aga Khan Foundation
Just a quick note to say THANK YOU so much for your amazing help in every single event that we run through you. Your highly professional and quick response to all our requests and late requests is simply amazing and greatly appreciate it

Thank you for making all of our events a complete success…could not have done it without you!
Rima, Office of the Dean of Science
Thank you all so very much for helping Kirsten and I to make the Community Media Convergence the success that it was. So many of you 'went the extra distance', jumping in to plug holes and address problems as they came up with unparalleled professionalism.  
Cathy, Canadian Association of Community Television Users and Stations (CACTUS)
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you once more for all your help and support with the Shad banquet. I really appreciate how patient and accommodating you were throughout the whole process.

That was my first time being in charge of the banquet and you made the task much less daunting and much easier, so I want to extend my gratitude for that.
Allison, Shad


Athletics and Gymnasium
With an air-conditioned triple gymnasium, a double gymnasium, a 50m L-shaped pool, Ice House, fitness centre, cardio room, yoga room, multipurpose and combative rooms, outdoor fields and tennis courts, there are a wide range of activities and facilities for guests to keep fit and fresh during their stay. Private reservations are available for activities.
Graphics and Print Services
There is a full-service print shop on campus that can serve all of your needs, from flyers to books and banners. Design services are available, and there are a number of printers and copiers available across campus for last minute printing.
Professional staff are here to help you with your needs by providing equipment rentals, professional audio and video projection support, set-up and operate equipment and provide free consultations to determine your needs, simple or complex, and help make your event a success.
University Safety
Besides the regular, excellent service in keeping everyone on campus safe and secure, additional security staff can be assigned to your event or overnight to protect valuable equipment. Please contact us for more information.
Guest Services (Accommodations)
Our friendly Guest Services team is available 24 hours a day throughout the summer (May to August) to welcome you and provide the necessary information to ensure your stay is both comfortable and enjoyable!


Classroom Technology Support
Classroom Technology Support provides front line technical support for classroom instruction in 160 electronically equipped general pool classrooms and labs, across campus. We assist faculty, students and staff with their audio-visual, multimedia and instructional support needs, including classroom computer hardware and software, lecture capture and even CUNET passwords. If it’s not permanently installed in a classroom, we can also help with a wide variety of portable equipment, available for loan.
Instructional Media Services
Instructional Media Services (IMS) provides a wide variety of technical services to support, streamline and simplify your special event. Professional staff are here to help you with your needs by providing equipment rentals, professional audio and video projection support, set-up and operate equipment and provide free consultations to determine your needs, and help make your event a success!