Event Planning Guide

UMass Amherst has a wide variety of rooms on campus for events of all sizes. Below you'll find information on all types of campus spaces as well as off-campus options for both catering and room reservations.

Consult our UMass Venue Guide for a comprehensive "cheat sheet" of common on-campus event rooms and capacities, and contact Saulo DePaula if you have any questions.

Scheduling

When scheduling an event, always check for conflicts and holidays on the academic calendar and on the university events schedule. Once your event has an established date, you may request that it be posted on the university events schedule (university login required).

Contact Saulo DePaula to post an event on SBS news feeds and social media.

On-Campus Event and Meeting Spaces

Campus Center and Student Union

A/V requested through the Event Sales Office (413-577-8200). A/V rates can be found here.

A complete list of available rooms and capacities can be found here. Please note that the the Student Union is expected to be offline from Spring 2019 to Fall 2020 for extensive renovations. Rooms will not be available for reservation during this time and will likely be significantly different post-renovation.

The Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management runs the Marriott Center on the top of the Campus Center. HTM students cater events reserved for lunches on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays and dinners on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Reservations must be made far in advance and can be made by contacting Jenafer Andren, Chief-Instructor & Marriott Center Operations Manager.


Commonwealth Honors College Events Hall

Includes two rooms: 160E and 160W. These rooms can also be combined into one larger room. Table capacities can be found here. In order to request a room reservation, follow the steps below:


Dining Halls Event Rooms

Two dining halls on campus – Berkshire and Hampshire – each have one room available for events. To request a reservation, please contact the respective managers found on the UMass Dining website.


Goodell Hall – Bernie Dallas Room

A wood-paneled, formal room typically used by admissions for prospective student information sessions. The Bernie Dallas room holds around 200. Campus catering is available, but can only be set up outside of the room. To request a reservation, contact Erin Bernard, Manager of Visitor Relations. To request A/V, contact AIMS (413-545-5765).


Mullins Center

Offers two function rooms available to rent for private events. Both are useful for departmental functions, meetings, and banquets. To request a reservation, contact the Director of Events or fill out the online form.

  • The Massachusetts Room is located on the third floor and offers an aerial view of the arena.
  • The Green Room is located on the ground level. On major event days, the Green Room is used for a variety of purposes, from musical artist dressing rooms to catering rooms.

Old Chapel

Three rooms available for events. To request a reservation, contact Christopher Oakley, Old Chapel Manager, or fill out the online form.

  • 1st Floor – Multi-purpose Space: Provides a quiet public space with plenty of atmosphere and group tables. Seats 40 people in Basic Layout, 50 Seated, and up to 80 for a cocktail party. Open to the public and to students from 10am-4pm. After business hours and special functions in this room require reservations. Public hours are subject to change. 
  • 1st Floor – Conference Room: Holds up to 14 people and can be configured with modular furniture.
  • 2nd Floor – Great Hall: Holds up to 14 people and can be configured with modular furniture.

Stockbridge Hall – Bowker Auditorium

Holds around 700. To request a reservation, contact Sarah Aldridge, Operations Office Manager.


University Club and Restaurant

Also known as the Faculty Club. Open to the public and campus community, with a full-service restaurant and lounge featuring local beer, wine, and farm-fresh ingredients.

To request a restaurant reservation, call 413-545-2551. To request a reservation for an event, contact the Event Sales Office. For other inquiries, contact Valerie Maurer, University Club and Restaurant Manager. There are a variety of rooms available for reservation.

  • Homestead House: Holds 20 (45 standing)
  • Baker Lounge: Holds 26
  • Tory Room: Holds 22
  • Levi Stockbridge Room: Holds 18
  • Daniel Chester French Room: Holds 18
  • Chancellor’s Room: Holds 8-12

Video Conferencing Rooms

Engineering Lab II – Room 115: Configurable tables with 20 seats, plus additional chairs. This facility can also be used for the development of multimedia content through lecture-capture or classroom-based video production for use in teaching, podcasting, and beyond.
Equipment:

  • Tandberg 6000-MXP (standard-definition)
  • Desktop video conferencing (Zoom, WebEx, Skype)
  • Multi camera setup
  • Full room echo cancelling microphone array
  • Dual-boot iMac (runs Windows or MacOS) with Microsoft Office

W.E.B. Du Bois Library – Room 1649: Configurable tables with 15 seats, plus additional chairs.
Equipment:

  • Lifesize Room 220 (high definition)
  • Desktop video conferencing (Zoom, WebEx, Skype)
  • Wearable echo cancelling microphones
  • Computer (iMac) with Microsoft Office

Portable System: The portable cart system can provide temporary video conferencing capabilities in rooms other than those listed above (e.g., classrooms, offices, meeting rooms, etc.).
Equipment:

  • Computer (MacBook Pro) with Microsoft Office
  • Desktop video conferencing (Zoom, WebEx, Skype)
  • Sanyo PROxtraX data projector
  • Logitech CC3000e Conference Cam (camera and microphone)
  • Ipevo VZ-1 USB document camera
  • Bretford high cart

System Requirements:

  • Location must have an active (100/Full) IT Ethernet jack (preferably Internet 2).
  • Location must have a fixed or portable screen.
  • Testing prior to an event is required.

Other departmental conference rooms

Aimee Jo Pion has access to scheduling all campus classrooms and conference rooms through the Registrar’s Office.

On-Campus Catering Options

UMass Catering caters to every building on campus. Outside catering options cannot be used in the Student Union and Campus Center. These include the Student Union Ballroom, Cape Cod Lounge and Campus Center Auditorium. Catering can be requested through the Event Sales Office (413-577-8200).

Earthfoods Café, a student-run vegetarian/vegan restaurant located in the Student Union.

Off-Campus Event and Meeting Spaces

30Boltwood at The Lord Jeffery Inn413-256-8200

The Amherst Pub413-549-0077

Bistro 63 at the Monkey Bar and Grill: 413-259-1600

Blue Heron413-665-2102

Ginger Garden413-256-6666

Goten of Japan413-665-3628

Hadley Farms Meeting House413-387-0811

The Hangar Pub and Grill: 413-253-4400 

High Horse413-230-3034

Homestead: 413-586-0502

Johnny's Tavern: 413-230-3818

Judie's: 413-253-3491

Mulino's413-586-8900

Osteria Vespa413-230-3194 

Pasta E Basta413-256-3550

Off-Campus Catering Options

Please note: outside catering options cannot be used in the Student Union and Campus Center. These rooms include the Student Union Ballroom, Cape Cod Lounge, and Campus Center Auditorium, along with any other room in those two buildings. Outside catering options to other buildings on campus include:

Antonio's Pizza: 413-253-0808 

Athena's Pizza: 413-549-9900 

Atkins: 413-253-9528 (Amherst) or 413-230-3226 (North Amherst)

Bruno's Pizza: 413-256-0222

Bueno Y Sano: 413-253-4000 

Panera: 413-387-6336

Sibies Pizza: 413-256-6100

The Black Sheep Deli413-253-3445

The Works: 413-835-0561

Lodging Options

On Campus:

Off Campus:

Local and Airport Transportation

Pioneer Valley Transit Authority Bus (PVTA): Schedule

Bradley International Airport (BDL), Windsor Locks, CT: 48 mi from UMass

Logan International Airport (BOS), Boston, MA: 96 mi from UMass

LaGuardia Airport (LGA), New York, NY: 163 mi from UMass

JFK International Airport (JFK), New York, NY: 168 mi from UMass