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The Faculty Club

Berkeley Wedding Venue
University of California at Berkeley
Berkeley, California 94720
Contact: Catering Manager
Phone: 510/643-0834

Why We Like This Place

UC Berkeley has many picturesque settings, but the loveliest one may well be that of the Faculty Club. Located in the heart of campus, it's quietly ensconced in a grove of redwoods, oaks and maples next to meandering Strawberry Creek. Built in 1902 by the renowned architect Bernard Maybeck in traditional Arts and Crafts style, it's designed to create a cozy, intimate feeling.

The crowning glory of the club is the three-story Great Hall. With its vaulted ceiling, massive stone fireplace, and stained-glass windows featuring heraldic crests of the great universities of the world, it's reminiscent of many a European cathedral. Light from the floor-to-ceiling windows warms the redwood paneling and suffuses the Hall in a golden glow.

Two charming smaller spaces are also available for functions. The Heyns and Seaborg rooms (named respectively after a chancellor and a distinguished University Nobel Laureate) both have French doors leading to a private outdoor area with a garden view. The Seaborg Room is especially striking, with its open-beamed A-frame ceiling and wisteria-framed windows overlooking the peaceful Faculty Glade Lawn.

The Faculty Club has long been a favorite site for meetings, bar and bat mitzvahs, anniversary parties, class reunions, retreats and retirement dinners. But it really comes into its own during weddings. Many couples like to have the ceremony right outside on the Faculty Glade Lawn, then move into the Great Hall for the wedding feast. (The Heyns and Seaborg Rooms also have private terraces for al fresco ceremonies.) Aside from the building itself, the staff is the Faculty Club's greatest asset. They've been producing events since 1902, and they're experienced at accommodating a wide range of special requests. Do any of your guests have particular dietary needs? The Faculty Club can provide gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan dishes. For the ultimate in convenience, your family and friends are welcome to stay overnight in the club's hotel bedrooms (which are often reserved for visiting scholars). From these comfortable lodgings, it's just a quick walk down the stairs to the ceremony. Also, if the bride needs a room for changing, or for storing flowers or gifts, the club will provide one.

The Faculty Club's full catering service handles all the food & beverages—including the bar—and they offer menus for every type of event, from a brunch buffet to a formal sit-down dinner. Their catering staff hails from all over the world, and can create authentic cuisine from many countries including India, Mexico, Peru, Greece and Spain. The Faculty Club has been serving its members and guests for over 100 years, and will do everything possible to make your event successful and enjoyable.



  • Max. Seated Indoors: 200
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 250

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 200
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 0
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 300
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 0


  • Max. Seated: 300

CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Faculty Glade holds 250 seated guests; indoor spaces hold up to 200 seated.

EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The Great Hall accommodates 200 seated or 300 standing for a cocktail party.

MEETING CAPACITY: The club can seat 300 theater-style.

Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.

The room rental fee is required as a nonrefundable deposit to secure your date; the event balance is due 14 days prior to the event. The rental fee ranges $2,500–5,000 depending on the room selected. Catering is provided; meal prices range $50–95/person; beverages, alcohol, tax and a 20% service charge are additional.

Location Uses

Wedding Receptions
Special Events, Parties
Business Functions/Meetings
Rehearsal Dinners
On-Site Accommodations


Catering: in-house

Kitchen Facilities: n/a

Tables & Chairs: provided

Linens, Silver, etc.: provided

Restrooms: wheelchair accessible

Dance Floor: yes

Bride's & Groom's Dressing Areas: yes

AV/Meeting Equipment: BYO or CBA, extra charge

Parking: pay parking on campus evenings and weekends; reserved/hosted parking is available, restrictions may apply

Accommodations: 23 guest rooms

Outdoor Night Lighting: yes

Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no

Cleanup: provided

View: lawn, creek and garden

Other: event coordination, baby grand and upright pianos, wireless internet connection in hotel and banquet rooms

Venue Views

Forest/Wooded Area
Landscaped Grounds

Venue Type

Banquet Hall/Events Facility
College Campus/School
Historic/Landmark Building
Private Club


Alcohol: in-house or BYO wine, corkage $18/bottle

Smoking: not allowed

Music: amplified OK until 11pm

Wheelchair Access: except to Seaborg Room

Insurance: not required

Other: no rice or glitter; no nails, staples or tacks on walls

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