University of Waterloo

University of Waterloo

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 Parties
  • Youth Retreat/Camps


Known for being a technology hub with a unique mixture of old and new world, Waterloo Ontario is a vibrant and engaging city perfect for hosting various events and conferences. The University of Waterloo is centrally located and offers a wide range of conference and event spaces, accommodations (available May — August, 1,000 people), and first-rate dining facilities making it the ideal location for your next event. The Catering & Event Services team at the University of Waterloo has served the community for over 25 years, and has a well-earned reputation for exceptional & personalized service. All-inclusive and customizable packages are available to fit the needs of your group, from large sporting events to conferences and special events.

Waterloo is part of the Tri-Cities, referring to the close proximity to Kitchener and Cambridge. Our guests and residence of the University are able to easily take advantage of these three beautiful cities and their many wonderful attractions including our world famous Oktoberfest celebrations, boutique shopping in Uptown Waterloo, discovering the various locations used to portray the fictional Ontario town on the Canadian sitcom ‘Dan for Mayor’, enjoying a night at the Kitchener Blues Festival or a day at the KW Multicultural festival. Our beautiful and spacious parks are also a draw for visitors: Victoria Park in Kitchener, Waterloo Park in Waterloo and Riverside Park in Cambridge. Just north of our cities is the Historic St. Jacobs Village and Farmers Market where history and charm intertwine for memorable experiences.

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Meeting & Event Spaces

  • Max Capacity: 1000 guests
  • Largest Classroom Style: 500
  • Largest Theatre Style: 2100
  • Largest Auditorium Seating: 728
  • Largest Arena Seating: 5700
  • Academic Year Largest Group: no
REV Great Hall
Large, air conditioned hall. Ideal for anything from tradeshows to plenary sessions or dances
  • 3600 Sq. Ft.
  • 300 Banquet Style
  • 200 Classroom Style
  • 400 Theatre Style
  • Floorplan Layout
REV Quad Lounges
4 air-conditioned breakout rooms available to set up to meet your needs.
  • 1500 Sq. Ft.
  • 80 Banquet Style
  • 66 Classroom Style
  • 100 Theatre Style
  • 30 Hollow Square Space Style
  • Floorplan Layout
REV Boardroom
Boardroom style for 14 people with option to have up to 12 spectators.
REV Dining Room
Large dining area with round tables that promote discussion during meals.
Sample Classroom Space
Arts Lecture Hall is just one of our buildings here on campus which we use for conferences.  It has 8 breakout rooms to accommodate between 22 and 350 people and is centrally located on campus.
Theatre of the Arts
The Theatre of the Arts is located in the Modern Languages Building (ML) on the campus of the University of Waterloo. This amphitheatre stage is used for theatrical performances, Lecture-style presentations, film screenings, dance performances, concerts, rehearsals, classes, and workshops.
Humanities Theatre
Air conditioned theatre with proscenium arch stage and seating for up to 728 spectators.
Physical Activity Complex
Large gymnasium to accommodate events up to 4000 people
  • 19000 Sq. Ft.
  • 1580 Banquet Style
  • 1080 Classroom Style
  • 2100 Theatre Style
  • Floorplan Layout
Columbia Ice Fields
Includes two gymnasiums, and arena, diamonds, and fields
  • 9604 Sq. Ft.
  • 500 Banquet Style
  • 700 Classroom Style
  • 800 Theatre Style
  • Floorplan Layout
Federation Hall
Fed Hall is one of the premier event spaces in Waterloo Region with facilities to suit any occasion. The main hall can accommodate 300 people with two additional rooms that can be combined to seat 400. The rooms can each be divided individually for smaller functions, buffet stations or break-off rooms.   The Fed Hall space includes a beautiful outdoor area, a reception area with floor to ceiling windows and a balcony overlooking the main hall.  The entire building is wheelchair accessible, and has a new state-of-the-art kitchen that will support Fed Hall and the campus community.

Food & Beverage Options

Tim Hortons
(6 locations around campus)
Always fresh pastries and legendary coffee is brewed fresh every 20 minutes.
Bon Appetit, Davis Centre
Offers fantastic Chinese food, salads, fruit, beverages, soup and grill items.
University Club
Our oncampus restaurant, is where you will find fabulous food, friendly and professional service, and a wonderful dining destination conveniently located in your back yard! Whether you are a regular patron or have not visited in a while, we encourage you to join us for an exceptional lunch.
  • Seating Capacity: 120
(STC and AHS)
Williams Fresh Cafe
Location:  Encironment 3 (ground floor)
An inviting coffee shop atmosphere featuring delicious café classics such as all-day breakfast, organic yogurt smoothies, hot rice boxes, fresh salads & sandwiches, signature beverages and more.
(Student Life Centre (STC) - ground floor)
The Market at UWP
(UWP - Claudette Millar Hall)
Our newest and largest location yet! This eatery offers everything, food to eat there and take-away. You'll be sure to find something to fill your craving.   Check us out through YouTube!
South Side Market Place
(South Campus Hall)

UW Food Services

Catering options

On Campus Catering
Our dedicated team makes every effort to offer the finest local, regional and international ingredients in our diverse catering menu. We are also very proud to use eco-friendly products and follow sustainable practices.  We consider ourselves service professionals and take great pride in our ability to match exceptional food with professional service to provide outstanding catered affairs. We are experienced in all aspects of special event planning so please allow us to plan and oversee your next event. 

Our Catering menus will give you some excellent selections and show you examples of our decadent food. You are not restricted to the selections listed in our brochure. We welcome the opportunity to work with you on a special menu creation specific to your needs.
Residence Dining
Between the months of May and August, the residence dining hall is able to provide breakfast, lunch and dinner for conference groups. Conference organizers are able to arrange for meals through REValations, located in Ron Edyt Village for groups of 50 or more.  

Sample Menu:
Hot Breakfast @ $9.65/person + applicable taxes

Menu Option B: Assorted cold juices, Assorted cold cereals, Assorted small muffins, Scrambled eggs, Breakfast meat vary daily, Hash browns, pancakes, waffles or French toast varies daily, Toast with assorted jams and peanut butter, coffee, tea and milk. Vegetarian options available upon request.

Hot Lunch @ $12.40/person + applicable taxes
Menu Option B: Soup of the day, rolls & butter, tossed salad, potato salad, 2 entrée choices per period: pasta, hot/cold sandwich or daily special, starch, hot vegetable, choice of pie/cake, milk, coffee, tea, fountain juice or soft drink. Vegetarian options available upon request.

Hot Dinner @ $14.40/person + applicable taxes
Menu Option B: Soup of the day, Rolls and butter, Tossed salad with dressing, potato, pasta and vegetable salad, Entrée 2 choices per meal period, Starch, Hot vegetable, Dessert - 1 option and Fresh fruit, milk, coffee, tea, fountain juice and soft drinks. Vegetarian options available upon request.

University Club - Catering
The University Club is a uniquely charming location for weddings, anniversary parties, birthdays, retirement celebrations, conferences and other special events. The entire facility can be reserved for your event or we also offer two separate meeting rooms that comfortably accommodate smaller functions.

Our catering menu offers a wide variety of outstanding options, but we are also happy to work with you to create a custom menu for your special event. Our culinary team has a reputation for some of the finest and most innovative cuisine ever offered at the Club.

The Club offers a warm and inviting atmosphere, great ambience, lounge space with bar, patio area, and much more. We are wheelchair accessible, offer on-site complimentary parking, and will assist you with your planning to ensure the success of your event. Contact us today to find out more reasons why the University Club should be your venue of choice! 


  • Total Number of Overnight Guests: 1000
  • Number of Overnight Rooms: 1000
  • Wi-Fi in Guest Rooms: Yes
  • Wi-Fi Guest Room Cost : Complimentary
Overnight Room Attributes
  • Linens Provided
  • Kitchen Available
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


Ron Eydt Village
Summer Accommodations is located in Ron Eydt Village with 500 double rooms surrounded by beautifully landscaped green space.
  • 500 Rooms
  • 1000 Beds

Featured Amenities

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

Venue Location + Transportation


Catering & Event Services,
200 University Avenue West,
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1


  • BusBus
  • TaxiTaxi
  • TrainTrain
  • UberUber

Nearby Airport

  • Region of Waterloo International Airport - 20 minutes

Nearby International Airport

  • Toronto Pearson International Airport - 70 minutes


  • Onsite Parking: Yes

Nearby Cities

Hamilton – 70 kilometers/45 miles |
Toronto – 114 kilometers/70 miles |
Niagara Falls – 140 kilometers/86 miles|

Things to Know


  • Must Use In-house Catering: Yes
  • External Catering Allowed: No
  • Can Bring in Own Food: no
  • Cultural Catering Available: Yes


Our wireless campus includes multi media classroom along with computer labs.

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

Venue Policies

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


You and your staff's friendly assistance made things run smoothly, which certainly helped to make this, our 50th Ontario Folk Dance Camp, a memorable and enjoyable weekend.
Heidi Fiebig, Ontario Folk Dance Camp
I just wanted to personally thank you for all the time, work and effort to help us host Girls Heart Point here at UW. I appreciate all you've done to help our moms and girls feel comfortable, safe and at home! We couldn't pull it off without you
Girls Heart Point Angel Team Coordinator
Thanks so much for all your help with CNTA! The facilities and support were excellent, and the conference went very smoothly thanks to your efforts.
2008 Canadian Number Theory Association Conference Committee
Just a word of praise for all the lovely meals you had for us while here. There was lots of vaiety and everyone was helpful and pleasant when serving us. It must be difficult to remain calm, cool and collected when serving so many meals.
Attendee for the 133rd General Assembly with the Presyterian Church in Canada


Conference Management Services
A variety of packages available to help you plan your event or conference.
Fitness Centre
Along with an on-site fitness centre, larger facilities are available just minutes away.
Retail Stores
There are a variety of shops on campus including a hair salon, pharmacy, photo developer, bookstore, and UW souvenir shop.
24 Hour Front Desk Support
Lost your keys? Have a question? Someone is available to help you at all times, day and night.
Easy Access to Public Transit
Close to Grand River Transit and Greyhound bus stops on campus. Local airport shuttle service available upon request.
Business Services
We can handle all your business needs, including copying, faxing and much more.
Custom directional signage available to guide your guests to your event on campus.


Computer Labs
Labs of various size and layout are available throughout campus.
Audio/Visual Services
Services available at the Catering & Event Services and a variety of locations on campus for all your technology needs.
WiFi Access
Guests' rooms are equipped with free wireless internet.