University of Maryland, Baltimore County

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Unique Venue Features

  • Runner-Up: Mid-Market Venue
  • Best of Awards - Unique Venues

Event Types Welcomed

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


The UMBC campus is located on the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. corridor, providing easy access to both of these major metropolitan centers, and is only a ten-minute drive or shuttle from BWI Thurgood Marshall International Airport. UMBC Event & Conference Services provides a wide variety of venue spaces, resources, and services to accommodate youth and adult groups, athletic summer camps, educational groups, and corporate/organizational events. We offer suite-style, residence hall or apartment overnight accommodations with individually controlled heat and air-conditioning, high-speed internet, and free parking for overnight visitors. In addition, UMBC offers a traditional dining hall with numerous food concepts and the ability to accommodate certain dietary restrictions and cultural dining needs, as well as a full-service catering option. When it comes to Baltimore venues, University of Maryland, Baltimore County provides premier service and event space for any occasion! Contact us today to experience the difference at UMBC!

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Meeting & Event Spaces

  • Max Capacity: 3500 guests
  • Largest Classroom Style: 350
  • Largest Theatre Style: 384
  • Largest Auditorium Seating: 384
  • Largest Arena Seating: 4900
  • Largest Seated Reception: 600
  • Academic Year Largest Group: no
University Center Ballroom
The Ballroom can accommodate groups up to 450 lecture style; 320 banquet style
  • 320 Banquet Style
  • 150 Classroom Style
  • 450 Theatre Style
  • 50 Conference Style
  • Floorplan Layout
University Center Ballroom Lounge
The Ballroom Lounge can accommodate groups up to 75 lecture style.
University Center 310
UC Room 310 can accommodate groups up to 100 lecture style.
  • 50 Banquet Style
  • 40 Classroom Style
  • 100 Theatre Style
  • 20 Conference Style
  • Floorplan Layout
University Center 312
UC 312 can accommodate groups up to 200 lecture style, 120 banquet or 75 classroom
  • 120 Banquet Style
  • 75 Classroom Style
  • 200 Theatre Style
  • 30 Conference Style
  • Floorplan Layout
The Commons
The Commons is an approximately 140,000 square foot facility that features six traditional meeting rooms, a food court, sit-down restaurant, several performance spaces and a game room for recreation. High-speed, free public Wi-FI makes it easy to be productive and communicate with family, colleagues, and friends during your visit.

Food & Beverage Options

True Grit's and Outtakes
True Grit’s Dining Hall features buffet-style dining and offers made to order options, entrees and sides, Italian favorites, made to order sandwiches, Kosher offerings, a fresh salad bar and much more. Outtakes Quick Cuisine C-Store is located in True Grit’s and provides guests with a wide variety of snacks, convenience items, beverages, ice cream, candy and more.
Starbucks & Chick-fil-A
The University Center offers a full-service Starbucks and Chick-fil-A restaurant, conveniently located in the heart of our academic corridor and in the same building as our ballroom and University Center meeting spaces.
The Commons
The Commons offers a variety of dining concepts, including traditional Italian fare, custom salad creations, sandwiches, Asian-inspired cuisine, sushi, grab-and-go and more.  Additionally, The Commons offers a convenience shop operated by the University Bookstore and a full-service Dunkin Donuts just inside the south entrance to the facility.

Catering options

All external clients are required to utilize our in house caterer. Please visit to see some menu choices. Please be advised that the pricing on the site is for internal clients. You will be sent an estimate once selections are made.


  • Total Number of Overnight Guests: 2100
  • Wi-Fi in Guest Rooms: Yes
  • Wi-Fi Guest Room Cost : Free
Overnight Room Attributes
  • Air-conditioned rooms available
  • Linens Provided
  • Kitchen Available
  • Microwave
  • Towels
  • Washer/Dryer
  • WiFi


UMBC Residential Life
UMBC offers an eye-catching campus with six traditional halls and four apartment communities equipped with free Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, vending machines, lounges, front desk assistance and on-campus catering. Suite-style rooms are provided with semi-private bathrooms. Communities are a short, comfortable walk from classrooms, labs, meeting spaces, athletic center, and more. Free parking is offered to summer overnight guests!

Residential Life can accommodate approximately 3,000 summer conference guests at a given time in our suite-style halls and apartment communities. Click Conference Floor Plans to view our housing facilities. We also welcome summer intern housing for those internships associated with one of our campus academic programs. 

For questions about residential facilities or if you would like a tour of our facilities, please contact Events & Conference Services at 410-455-3615.

  • 2100 (Varies during the summer months) Beds
Chesapeake Hall
  • 328 Beds Beds
Erickson Hall
  • 448 Beds Beds
Harbor Hall
  • 526 Beds Beds
Patapsco Hall
  • 543 Beds Beds
Susquehanna Hall
  • 322 Beds Beds
Potomac Hall
  • 362 Beds Beds
Hillside and Terrace Apts.
  • 657 Beds Beds
West Hill Apts.
  • 236 Beds Beds

Featured Amenities

  • Accessible Facilities
  • Air Conditioning Air Conditioning
  • Bus - Shuttle, Public Bus Access Bus
  • Eco-Friendly
  • Fitness Center Fitness Center
  • Laundry
  • Linens
  • Near Public Transit
  • Outdoor Space
  • Overnight Rooms
  • Paid Parking
  • Running Trails
  • Sports Facilities
  • Taxi
  • Theater Seating
  • WiFi

Venue Location + Transportation


1000 Hilltop Circle,
The Commons, Rm 335,
Baltimore, Maryland 21250


  • BusBus
  • LyftLyft
  • TaxiTaxi
  • TrainTrain
  • UberUber

Nearby Airport

  • Baltimore Washington International (BWI) - 10 minutes

Nearby International Airport

  • Baltimore Washington International (BWI) - 10 minutes


  • Onsite Parking: Yes

Nearby Cities

Baltimore – 10 | Washington – 37 | Annapolis – 30

Things to Know


  • Cultural Catering Available: Yes
  • Food and Beverage Onsite: Yes


UMBC has free guest Wi-Fi throughout campus with no logon credentials required. Classrooms, meeting, and performance spaces are equipped with modern audio/visual services and professional and experienced staff are readily available to support your diverse production needs.

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

Venue Policies

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


Kayla and her team were wonderful to work with. She was often one step ahead of me, offering ideas that I hadn’t even thought of yet. It’s obvious that she’s an experienced conference planner and has only the best in mind for her clients.

Anita Anderson
Executive Director
MLW, a Division of Leadership Maryland
Leadership Maryland
I wanted to take a moment at this holiday time of year and express our organizations sincere appreciation for the use of your beautiful facilities and your organizations support for the past 4 years!…

The location provides a serene setting that is close to everything, very clean and safe – it makes it easy to attract volunteers and participant’s alike! The friendly environment and the beauty of the campus make this ideal for our use for our fund raising walks! I believe any organization would benefit from partnering with you to have stellar events at UMBC! We are looking forward to our upcoming event at the end of May 2020 – and will be pleased to have it again at UMBC!

David O. Vogel

HDSA Chesapeake Area Volunteer Coordinator
Millersvile MD
Huntington's Disease Society of America
UMBC Event and Conference Services is the coolest! Their attention to detail and commitment to making our program a success is apparent throughout every step of the planning process. We’re grateful and honored to call UMBC a partner.

Stephen Green (he/him/his)
Program Manager
PALS Programs
PALS Programs


Certified One-Stop Shop
UMBC Event & Conference Services is certified by the Association of College Conference Event Directors, International (ACCED-I) as a "One-Stop Shop."  This means that our dedicated adivsor will serve as your primary point-of-contact for all of your event and conference planning needs.  We will coordinate resources and personnel across our wide variety of services, including housing, audio-visiual technical support, transportation, security, dining, recreation, and more.  You have one point of contact and one consolidated bill to pay at the end of your stay with us.   

We aim to achieve a consistently high-level service experience for our cleints through open communication, our willingness to serve, and our passion for success.
Planning a day trip to Baltimore? Transporting participants from aiports in Washington, DC? Wherever your event and conference needs take you, UMBC Transit will help you get there. Full size air-conditioned charter vehicles and shuttle-sized busses are available. Contact UMBC Event & Conference Services for more information at 410-455-3615.
Audio-Visual Event Production
When it comes to your event and meeting production needs, UMBC Event & Conference Services provides the highest level customer service experience possible by offering dedicated advising, experts in the field, and all of the resources necessary to help make your event successful.  Whether you need basic projection for your planning meeting or a more complete production for a performance, ceremony, or show, our in-house event production team will surprise you with the results.