Our heritage venues include the Great Hall and MacLaurin Hall, with reservations managed through University Venues. Find out how to make a booking.
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. Visit their website to find out more.
The Eastern Avenue Foyer and Auditorium is a popular choice for large presentations and keynote addresses. The University of Sydney Law School offers several facilities suitable for business functions.
When organising an event on campus, you are required to ensure all attendees:
This includes wearing a mask indoors, vaccination requirements, and checking in and out of buildings.
Capacity restrictions may apply for your event, according to PHO requirements.
University Venues will discuss any capacity restrictions with you as part of the booking process.
Contact tracing requirements
As required by NSW Health, you must:
Booking approval process
University Venues will review your request and respond to you with relevant information about COVID safety precautions for your event. Once your request is submitted, you will receive a response within two business days.
Depending on the parameters of your event, University Venues may ask you to complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan in order to proceed with the event.
Please contact one of our event coordinators at University Venues via the Shared Service Centre number +61 2 9351 2000 and follow the prompts, or use the online form, and we will help you find and book the appropriate venue. If you are a staff member with a unikey, please access this online form for internal bookings.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We have several outdoor spaces that can be booked by the hour:
Please contact University Venues via the Shared Service Centre number + 61 2 9351 2000 and follow the prompts, or book through the online form.
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.
In all venues 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.
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 (listed below).
However, many venues include:
Our core operational hours are Monday to Friday 7am – 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. However, weddings can only be held on weekends, to minimise disruption to students and staff, whether they are held during semester or not (view our key dates).
Cook and Waiter
+61 2 9387 4544
+61 2 9439 0045
+61 2 9518 6222
+61 2 9317 2733
Flavours Catering + Events
1300 368 605
Forte Catering & Events
+61 2 9211 2802
+61 2 8399 3055
+61 2 8332 1000
HostCo (USU Caterer)
+61 2 9563 6245
+61 2 9209 4810
+61 2 8338 0266