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Host your event at the University of Sydney
From high-tech lecture theatres to classical stained-glass windows, we have venues available for events and special occasions at the Camperdown Campus and Conservatorium.

Heritage venues

Our 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. 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 University of Sydney Law School offers several facilities suitable for business functions.

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

Make a booking

To book:

  • The Great Hall
  • MacLaurin Hall
  • Eastern Avenue Lecture Theatre, or any other teaching spaces on campus

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

To book:

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

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).

Please contact University Venues on +61 2 9351 1537, or email

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:

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

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).

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

Pre-qualified suppliers

Bayleaf Catering
Chris Stubbs
+61 2 9713 2663 (office)
+61 2 9356 4132 (kitchen)

Nelli Karlsson
0403 842 751 

European Catering Pty Ltd
Arnold Huber
+61 2 9317 2733
0425 352 041

Flavours Catering + Events
Clare Miller
1300 368 605

HostCo (University of Sydney Union Caterer)
+61 2 9563 6245 

Pearl Catering
Craig Durston
+61 2 9331 8488
+61 2 8338 0266

Austage Events Sydney Unit Trust
Ashley Arundell
+61 2 9317 3900
0404 418 134

AV1 audio visual production p/l
Toni McAllister
+61 2 8310 0309
0402 614 823

Barton Management Pty Ltd
James Barton Ashcroft
0414 446 666
+61 2 9144 6165

Event Equipment Pty Ltd
David Boyle
0433 389 833

Divine Events
Madeline Nieuwenhuizen
+61 2 9125 4998

Gardjohn Nominees Pty Ltd trading as All Covered
Kim Gardner
+61 2 8824 3249
0412 722 318

Moreton Hire Pty Ltd
Dani Tillett
+61 2 8394 8204
0431 062 568

Pages Sales Pty Ltd
Geoff Yallop
+61 2 9533 9400

Christine Kotsis
+61 2 9645 7017
0413 209 700

Moreton Hire Pty Ltd
Tina Lange
+61 2 8394 8204
0431 062 568

Pages Sales Pty Ltd
Geoff Yallop
+61 2 9533 9400

Pillingers Hiring Service
Fabien Lamberty
+61 2 8783 0994
0413 443 293