Welcome to our Venue Guide. Listed below are the most frequently utilized spaces at the Storrs Campus for events and conferences, as well as contact information for UConn’s other locations – Avery Point, Hartford, Stamford, and Waterbury and our professional campuses – UConn Health and UConn Law.
Don’t know where to start? Call our office at (860) 486-1001. Not only have we planned programs in the spaces listed below and at all of our campuses, but our experienced staff have worked in every building on campus. We will assist you and make a recommendation based upon your budget, the target audience, audio visual needs, time of day, etc. This is a resource to you whether our department manages your program or not. It’s in everyone’s best interest to match the appropriate venue to your program.
University Events and Conference Services is responsible for reservations for the Rome Commons Ballroom, Dodd Center, UConn Bookstore, and Wilbur Cross North Reading Room as well as the primary contact for any non-UConn entity wishing to host a program at UConn. To inquire about availability of these spaces, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include the name of the space you are requesting.
Rome Commons Ballroom
This attractive 10,500 sq. ft. facility is suitable for award presentations, receptions, conferences and social events. Air walls may be set-up in a variety of configurations to accommodate your function. Audiovisual equipment was recently updated includes all the state-of-the-art requirements. Capacity varies depending on room set-up, but is approximately 400 people for a banquet. Outside caterers are not permitted in this venue.
This facility is our largest multi-functional building which offers over 23,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space. Facilities include a 500-seat theatre, a 5,400 sq. ft. ballroom, a 3,300 sq. ft. multi-purpose room, boardroom and over 15 additional meeting rooms. A full–service audiovisual department is available to service your program and provide equipment. Additionally, there are multiple dining options available within this facility, including a restaurant marketplace. The Doug Bernstein game room may be rented for social events, too. Need a high-traffic area or outdoor space for tabling or marketing? The Student Union is THE place for that. View an outline of room capacities to learn more.
Wilbur Cross North Reading Room
Originally opened as the University’s Library in 1939, this building houses the recently renovated North Reading Room. Suitable for presentations, meal functions, receptions and a variety of meetings and events, the room is 3,900 square feet with 30-ft. high ceilings, large windows and restored woodwork. The North Reading Room's standard set-up includes rounds for 72 guests and classroom-style seating for 96 guests, but can be modified for a variety of other configurations. The venue includes two 70" monitors, plus a lectern and complete sound system.
Meeting space within this facility includes the 185-seat Konover Auditorium which offers projection equipment and a screen, computer, document camera, DVD/VCR player and a sound system. Videoconferencing is also available. The Public Lounge, with an adjacent kitchen, is ideal for dining events for up to 32 guests and receptions for up to 75 guests. An additional meeting room is also located in the Dodd Center.
McHugh Hall and other classrooms
Classroom options include lecture halls to accommodate from 25 up to 400 guests, high tech classrooms, which include a built-in computer, projector and screen for presentations, tech-ready rooms which include a projector and screen, and computer labs. Availability of classrooms is dependent on academic scheduling, but is readily available in the summer and winter sessions.
Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts
Housed within the Jorgensen is the Albert N. Jorgensen Auditorium which is a 2,300 seat theater with a horseshoe balcony in art deco styling, the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theater which has seating for 490 guests, the Art Gallery which is great for receptions and dinners for 100, the Mezzanine balcony, and a pre-function area called Martha's Foyer. As a full functioning performing arts center, it is equipped with an extensive array of sound and lighting equipment, dressing rooms, and multiple spaces to choose from.
The Alumni Center has multiple programming spaces available for rental. The Great Hall can accommodate sit-down meals for up to 120 guests and receptions for up to 250. It's a beautiful location for your event, awards presentation, wedding or reunion. Three small meeting rooms, a boardroom, and the outdoor Husky Plaza are also available, in addition to the J. Robert Donnelly Husky Heritage Sports Museum which showcases the history and wide-ranging successes of UConn’s athletic programs. This space is managed by the UConn Foundation and located on the Storrs Campus.
Bookstore Community Room
The Community Room is a multi-purpose room that can be set for a maximum of 48 guests for six (6) five-foot round tables for a seated function, 75 guests for row seating, and 100 guests for a reception with no seating.
Set right on the University of Connecticut campus and an easy walk to the best spots in Storrs, Graduate Storrs Hotel is the perfect home base for Husky game days, campus visits, and more. Guest rooms are dressed in classic plaids and Connecticut motifs, celebrating local traditions and the region’s history. In the lobby, our 30-foot communal table invites friendly conversation over coffee or a cocktail. With nearly 6,000 square feet of flexible event space, we offer a variety of distinct settings to host groups of up to 275 guests.
The next closest hotel to UConn is The Inn on Storrs in Mansfield Center. Many more accommodations may be found in the Vernon and Manchester areas, located 20-25 minutes from the Storrs Campus.
UConn has many outdoor spaces that are available for special events, presentations and meal functions. Each location has specific parameters for use and some areas allow for the set-up of tents. Our staff can provide recommendations based on the type and size of the function being considered. Some of the most requested areas include: Benton Museum Patio, College of Agriculture Quad, Fairfield Way, Founder's Green, Rome Commons Patio, South Campus Quad, Student Union Mall, and Student Union Terrace. The Four Arrows Challenge Course, located a short ride from the main campus, is available for group programs. The course provides unique experiential learning and team-building activities which are customized to meet the needs of individual groups.
UConn has locations across the state and each campus has its own event and meeting spaces available for use.
- Avery Point: contact Bethany Langenbach (860)405-9072, email@example.com and/or visit averypoint.uconn.edu/branford
- Farmington: visit uchc.edu/room_scheduling/index.html
- Hartford: visit events.hartford.uconn.edu
- Stamford: contact firstname.lastname@example.org and/or visit conferences.stamford.uconn.edu
- Waterbury: contact email@example.com
Home of the multi-sport champion UConn Huskies, the Storrs Campus has a variety of athletic facilities available, on a limited basis, for use.
Museums offer a distinctive alternative for guest visits and receptions. Each location has specific parameters for use. Private tours can be arranged for your program. Some examples include:
- Ballard Institute and Puppetry Museum: Now located in Downtown Storrs, the museum includes a collection of 3,000 puppets from throughout the world and offers performances and workshops. A 50-seat meeting space is available for use.
- William Benton Museum of Art: The Benton features a collection of more than 6,000 works including paintings, drawings, watercolors, prints, photographs, and sculptures along with special exhibitions.
- J.R. Donnelly Husky Heritage Sports Museum: Located in the Alumni Center, this museum showcases the history and wide-ranging successes of UConn’s athletic programs and includes the national champions’ gallery.