Event Types Welcomed

Adult Social Events
Corporate Social Events
Professional Meeting / Training / Conference / Retreats
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Youth Retreat/Camps


The Oakland Center (OC) is a welcoming, inclusive environment offering services for Oakland University students and campus community, as well as guests regionally, nationally and globally. The Oakland Center strives to be the preferred destination for events in the area and is a recognized regional and national leader for premiere customer service, facility operations, events, and co-curricular environment.

The venue contains multiple event spaces onsite that can fit a variety of different and guest needs. For example, the sizeable 7,500 square foot Banquet Room can accommodate 320 people in a banquet style setup, 300 for classroom seating, 600 for receptions, and 600 for theater viewings. The Founders Ballroom, at 10,000 square feet, can be utilized for even larger banquets, classrooms, and receptions, ensuring that guests will be comfortable in a spacious environment no matter the size or scope of your event.

The Oakland Center contains smaller spaces for meetings and conferences as well, as Rooms 125- 130 have 384 square feet each and a 20-person capacity with wireless presentation for streamlined events.

Food & Beverage Options

Vandenberg Residential Dining

Seating Capacity: 550

Pioneer Food Court

Located in the Oakland Center. This full service food court is home to Famous Famiglia Pizza, Subway, Wildgreens, Zoup! and Rio Frontera. We also house the ONLY Chick-Fil-a in Michigan!
Seating Capacity: 700

Catering Options

Chartwells Catering at Oakland University

At Chartwells Catering at Oakland University, we pride ourselves on our professional approach and true attention to detail. We will work closely with you. We will guide you through a simple and seamless process that ensures your particular event is managed and catered flawlessly. A satisfying and successful recipe requires a number of complementary ingredients. Chartwells Catering at Oakland University blends stylishly fresh food and friendly and professional service with a desire to exceed your expectations effortlessly.

Featured Amenities

Accessible Facilities
Air Conditioning
In-House Catering
Outdoor Space
Paid Parking
Sports Facilities
Theater Seating

Venue Location + Transportation


Oakland University,

312 Meadow Brook, Oakland Center Suite 151,

Rochester Rochester, 48309



Nearby Airport

Detroit International Airport - 50 minutes

Nearby International Airport

Detroit International Airport - 50 minutes


Parking on Site: Yes

Nearby Cities

Detroit – 30|Ann Arbor – 50|Lansing – 90

Things to Know


In-house catering available

Must Use In-House Catering: Yes

External Catering Allowed: No

Can Bring In Own Food: No

Cultural Catering Available: Yes

Food And Beverage Onsite: Yes

Do You Offer Tables, Chairs, And Linens?: Yes

Venue Policies

Alcohol Consumption: Yes

Smoking Permitted: No

Cannabis Industry-Friendly: No

Cannabis Consumption: No

ADA Accessible: Yes

Family Friendly: Yes

Pet Friendly: No


State of the art Audio Visual available upon request. Additional charges may apply.

Guest Wi-Fi: Free

Onsite Tech Support: Yes

Wi-Fi In Meeting Space: Yes

Equipment Available On-Site:
  • Projector Screen
  • Laptops
  • Microphones
  • Sound System
  • Custom Lighting