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Host your event in one of our heritage buildings

A range of venues, spaces and facilities are available to hire on Camperdown Campus and the Conservatorium. We cater for all types of events, from business conferences to weddings.

From high-tech lecture theatres to classical stain-glassed windows, we have venues available for events and special occasions.

Heritage venues include The Great Hall and MacLaurin Hall, with reservations managed through University Venues.

Our scenic grounds around the Quadrangle are ideal for smaller or more casual groups. Our museums and art gallery can also be booked for private functions.

Other historic sites – including the Refectory and Chancellor’s Room – can be booked by our partner, Host Co, so visit their website to find out more.

Talks, awards and business functions

The Eastern Avenue Foyer and Auditorium is a popular choice for large presentations and keynote addresses. The Law School also offers several facilities suitable for business functions.

The purpose built conference centre, meeting and event space, The Darlington Centre, offers a conference room and lounge, a boardroom, four meeting rooms, and the Forum restaurant with its outdoor garden space. 

It’s ideal for corporate events, cocktail parties, launches, or even film shoots and weddings.

The Seymour Centre also has a range of adaptable spaces, from smaller areas for private gatherings, to rehearsal rooms or auditoriums for award ceremonies.

Make a booking with us

Indoor venues

To book:

  • The Great Hall
  • MacLaurin Hall
  • Darlington Centre and Forum Restaurant
  • Eastern Avenue Lecture theatre, or any other teaching spaces on campus

Please contact one of our event coordinators at University Venues directly on +61 2 9351 1537, or email and we will help you find and book the appropriate venue.

To book:

  • The Refectory
  • Drawing Room
  • Chancellor’s Room
  • Sutherland Room
  • Cullen Room
  • Courtyard Bar at the Holmes Building

Please contact our partner, Host Co on +61 2 95636245, or email

Outdoor venues

We have several outdoor spaces that can be booked by the hour:

  • The Quadrangle lawns 1-4 (inside the Quadrangle)
  • The Front Lawn (in front of the Quadrangle, bordered by University Place)
  • The Quadrangle cloisters (inside the Quadrangle)
  • The Botany Lawn (beside the Macleay Building)
  • Cadigal Green (on the Darlington Campus beside the Old School Building)

While a booking will ensure no other event can take place, we can’t guarantee exclusive use of the space, and the area cannot be blocked for access.

Eastern Avenue cannot be booked, however you can seek approval to hold an event in this area by contacting University Venues on +61 2 9351 1537, or email


In all venues (excluding the Darlington Centre) you will need to organise catering.

We can advise on catering budgeting and provide a list of preferred catering companies.

You can select a caterer yourself, but they will need to be approved by University Venues staff, hold a gold license, complete the University work health and safety induction, sign a catering agreement and provide a bond.

Catering can’t be taken inside lecture theatres and seminar rooms but we can help you find a venue with a foyer area that can be used for eating and drinking. 

The Great Hall does not have a commercial kitchen. The Ante Room can be used, however caterers need to bring in all the equipment to be used.

Darlington Centre Forum Restaurant menus

Catering and Beverage Packages 2015 (PDF)

Lunch menus (PDF)


Venue hire includes any of the accessories, equipment and furniture already existing in the room. A list of these items will be provided on confirmation of your booking.

If your event requires additional furniture or audiovisual (AV) equipment, you may want to bring in external providers. The University has a list of preferred suppliers – please ask us when you make your booking.

However, many venues include:

  • data projectors with dual projection
  • computers
  • visualisers (document cameras)
  • interactive screens
  • user-friendly touch panels
  • student interactive kits
  • lecture recording tools

Rules, regulations and restrictions

Our core operational hours are between 7am and 7pm. If you book a room during these hours, the rate will cover the hire of University staff.

For after-hours bookings, additional charges may be incurred. Teaching spaces can be booked only at certain times of the year. 

Teaching spaces cannot be booked during semester until timetabling has been completed and all classes allocated. This means we may be unable to check availability of spaces until the Timetabling Unit has released the rooms for bookings.

Semester One bookings may not be available until early March; and Semester Two bookings may need to wait until early May.

Bookings made during these times are allocated to a waiting list, so we recommend that you place a request as far ahead in advance as possible.

We cannot host religious ceremonies in our venues. This includes sermons (of any denomination), christenings and Bar Mitzvahs.

Civil service wedding ceremonies are allowed. During semester (view the University calendar), weddings can only be held on weekends to minimise disruption to students and staff.

Contact for other venues

Sydney Conservatorium of Music,
Corner of Bridge & Macquarie Street, Sydney
T: +61 2 9351 1203

Seymour Centre
City Road, Camperdown
T: +61 2 9351 7680
E: Use the contact form on the website

Holme Building and Manning House
Camperdown/Darlington Campus, Sydney
T: +61 2 9563 6245