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Northern Kentucky University

Northern Kentucky University

Event Types Welcomed

  • Adult Social Events
  • Corporate Social Events
  • Expo/Competitions
  • Family Reunions
  • Professional Meeting / Training / Conference / Retreats
  • Wedding Ceremonies
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Youth Parties
  • Youth Retreat/Camps


Northern Kentucky University is located on 300 acres just seven miles from downtown Cincinnati. We offer outstanding facilities with buildings of a modern, contemporary, architectural design at an economical rate.

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Meeting & Event Spaces

  • Max Capacity: 700 guests
  • Largest Classroom Style: 150
  • Largest Theatre Style: 700
  • Largest Auditorium Seating: 660
  • Largest Arena Seating: 700
  • Largest Seated Reception: 450
  • Largest Standing Reception: 500
  • Academic Year Largest Group: yes
Eva G. Farris Auditorium
Beautiful 5550 sq ft auditorium. Fully equipped with technology. Other features= adjustable lighting, acoustic tiles.
  • 5550 Sq. Ft.
  • 453 Theatre Style
Greaves Concert Hall
Large Concert Hall, stage, and small backstage area including a green room and two dressing rooms, 637 permanent seats. Lobby with floor to ceiling windows.
  • 637 Theatre Style
Bandroom (FA 126)
high ceiling, small lobby area outside room with floor to ceiling windows, 150pp reception, 100pp at chairs near Greaves Hall great as extra backstage space or for a reception following your event .
  • 100 Theatre Style
Regents Hall Gymnasium
Ceiling height = 23 feet. Set with 2 bleachers pulled, stage, and floor seats = 2050 Set with all 3 bleachers pulled, no floor seats =1900 Set with all 3 bleachers pulled, floor seats and no stage = 2330
  • 2330 Theatre Style
University Center Ballroom
3,192 sq ft ballroom accommodates up to 230 theatre style, 200 banquet style.
  • 3192 Sq. Ft.
  • 200 Banquet Style
  • 230 Theatre Style
University Center Budig Theatre
2,912 sq ft theatre accommodates up to 254.
  • 2912 Sq. Ft.
  • 254 Theatre Style
University Center Boardroom 300
228 sq ft boardroom accommodates up to 12.
  • 12 Conference Style
University Center Meeting Room
957 sq ft room accommodates up to 44 theatre style.
  • 20 Classroom Style
  • 44 Theatre Style
  • 24 Hollow Square Space Style
University Center Grille
2,805 sq ft space can accommodate up to 200 theatre style.
  • 60 Classroom Style
  • 200 Theatre Style
  • 48 Hollow Square Space Style
University Center Main Lobby
The main lobby can accommodate up to 15 display tables.
Student Union Atrium
The Atrium can accommodate up to 10 display tables or can be used for Reception/Registration space.
Student Union 100L
Pre-function space can be used for reception and registration only.
Student Union 102
Existing seating of 102 chairs.
  • 102 Classroom Style
Student Union 104
1920 sq ft can accommodate up to 99 theatre or banquet style.
  • 99 Banquet Style
  • 99 Theatre Style
Student Union 105
624 sq ft space can accommodate up to 64 theatre style.
  • 64 Theatre Style
Student Union 106
624 sq ft space can accommodate up to 64 theatre style.
  • 64 Theatre Style
Student Union 107
4 rooms can be combined for a total of 7,344 sq ft accommodating up to 750.
  • 7344 Sq. Ft.
  • 520 Banquet Style
  • 200 Classroom Style
  • 750 Theatre Style
Student Union 108
936 sq ft room can accommodate up to 65 theatre style.
  • 50 Banquet Style
  • 30 Classroom Style
  • 65 Theatre Style
  • 28 Hollow Square Space Style
Student Union 109
1,116 sq ft room can accommodate up to 88 theatre style.
  • 60 Banquet Style
  • 36 Classroom Style
  • 88 Theatre Style
  • 32 Hollow Square Space Style
Student Union 302
896 sq ft room can accommodte up to 90 theatre style.
  • 40 Classroom Style
  • 90 Theatre Style
  • 28 Hollow Square Space Style

Food & Beverage Options

Mondo Subs
Delicious subs made just the way you like them! Mondos offers a fantastic, killer combination of fresh baked rolls, packed with fresh meats and cheeses, a unique Sub Spice blend and a selection of fresh made secret Sub Dressings.
Coyote Jack's Grill
Burgers, Chicken Sandwiches, Fries, Salads, & More! Step right up to Coyote Jacks and feast on char-grilled burgers stacked on Jacks special corn-dusted buns, spread with tasty sauces like Chipotle mayonnaise, Howlin ranch and Jalapeno Ketchup, and the best sidekicks fries, onion rings and salads.
Starbucks, Located in the Student Union
Full service Starbucks location featuring your favorite Starbucks coffees, specialty drinks, lattes, espresso, teas and pastries.
Outtakes features grab-n-go salads & sandwiches, fresh fruit, a variety of snacks, chips, organic items, bottled beverages, piping hot soups, and more! 2 locations in the Student Union and Landrum Hall.
The Village Cafe
Located in Norse Commons and featuring all-you-care-to-eat dining options at our six food stations including traditional favorites, grilled options such as burgers, fries, and chicken sandwiches, crisp salads & hot soups, sandwiches made your way, pizza options, specialty items and fresh baked desserts.
Callahan Bistro
Located in Callahan Hall and featuring all-you-care-to-eat options such as pizza, grilled favorites, salads, sandwiches, traditional items, and more.
Steely Caffee
Located in Steely Library and featuring an extensive variety of specialty drinks, coffee, lattes, espresso, and teas. Also offering daily ciabatta sandwiches, made-to-order paninis, and mouth-watering pastries.
Cafe in the Science Center
Located in the Science Center and featuring delicious Seattle's Best coffee and espresso along with Outtakes Quick Cuisine options such as grab-n-go sandwiches, salads, snacks, and beverages.
Fresh Factor
Locate in the Student Union and featuring made-to-order salads, fresh soups, and smoothies!
The Strip
The Strip features chicken strips, curly fries, mashed potato bowls, salads, grilled cheese sandwiches and more!
Route 27 Burritos
Route 27 Burritos features burritos, bowls, and salads with salsa and chips!
Papa John's
Papa John’s offers a variety of pizza and breadsticks!
Al Dente
Al Dente offers create your own pasta and rolls!
Olo Sushi
Olo Sushi offers a fresh daily made sushi varieties!
Darwin's Cafe
Darwin’s Cafe offers grab & go items such as salads, sandwiches, vegetable crudité cups, snacks, coffee, Au Bon Pain soup, Einstein Bro Bagels Coffee & more!
Abode offers a varying menu of warm homestyle entrees and side dishes.
Einstein Bros Bagels
Einstein Bros Bagels offers delicious breakfast and lunch bagel sandwiches, coffee bar and grab & go items.

Catering options

Northern Class Catering
From served affairs and buffets, to coffee breaks and meetings, events for 2 to 2000, let Northern Class Catering make your event memorable. By offering excellent standard and customizable menus and distinguished service, we are the answer to all your catering needs. Please visit to see all of our catering options.


  • Total Number of Overnight Guests: 1490
  • Number of Overnight Rooms: 560
  • Wi-Fi in Guest Rooms: Yes
Overnight Room Attributes
  • Air-conditioned rooms available
  • WiFi


University Suites
Suite within a common hallway with secure access
  • 96 Rooms
  • 384 Beds
Norse Hall
Furnished living area and kitchenette
  • 75 Rooms
  • 309 Beds
Kentucky Hall
Traditional style residence hall.
  • 97 Rooms
  • 194 Beds
Commonwealth Hall
Traditional style residence hall.
  • 98 Rooms
  • 196 Beds
Callahan Hall
Callahan Hall is the newest addition to the University Housing family of living options as of August 2008. There are a number of different room options, pricing, and room dimensions due to the preexisting nature of the facility.
  • 462 Beds

Featured Amenities

  • Air Conditioning Air Conditioning
  • Bus - Shuttle, Public Bus Access Bus
  • Car Charging Station Car Charging Station
  • Fitness Center Fitness Center
  • Handicap Accessible
  • In-House Catering
  • Near Public Transit
  • Outdoor Space
  • Overnight Rooms
  • Paid Parking
  • Running Trails
  • Sports Facilities
  • Taxi
  • Theater Seating
  • WiFi

Venue Location + Transportation


20 Kenton Drive,
Student Union Room 111,
Highland Heights, Kentucky 41099


  • BusBus
  • LyftLyft
  • MetroMetro
  • TaxiTaxi
  • UberUber

Nearby Airport

  • Greater Cincinnati (CVG) - 15 minutes

Nearby International Airport

  • Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International - 15 minutes


  • Onsite Parking: Yes
  • Car Charging Stations: Yes

Nearby Cities

Cincinnati, OH – 7|Lexington, KY – 84|Indianapolis, IN – 120

Things to Know


  • Must Use In-house Catering: Yes
  • External Catering Allowed: No
  • Can Bring in Own Food: no
  • Cultural Catering Available: Yes
  • Food and Beverage Onsite: Yes


State-of-the-art technology in meeting rooms equipped with ceiling-mounted projectors and screens. Ballroom: motorized sunshades and lighting controlled by touch panel screens. On-site audio/visual staff.

  • Guest Wi-Fi: Free
  • Onsite Tech Support: Yes
  • Wi-Fi in meeting space: Yes
  • Equipment Available On-Site:
    • Projector Screen
    • Microphones
    • Sound System
    • Custom Lighting

Venue Policies

  • Alcohol Consumption: Yes
  • Smoking Permitted: no
  • Cannabis Industry-Friendly: No
  • Cannabis Consumption: No
  • ADA Accessible: Yes
  • Family Friendly: Yes
  • Pet Friendly: No


Words cannot express my gratitude for all of your hard work and collaboration to make last nights event such a huge success. It was beautiful, well run, and we had many rave reviews!The arrangement was perfect and your seamless anticipation of our needs was unbelievable. For an event that almost wasnt, this event was a stellar success! THANK YOU!!!
Jennie LaMothe, Office of First-Year Programs
I want to personally thank all of you for being a part of our first Family Weekend! The families really enjoyed their time exploring the campus and spending time with their children. We are beginning to receive feedback from the families that attended, and they have such great things to say..
Hannah Centers, Office of New Student Orientation & Parent Programs
I can't tell you how amazing you all are! The Lecture Series went off without a hitch thanks in large part to the work you all put into it. Last minute camera tweaks, podium shuffling, mic checks, room arranging, banner hanging....the things that make event planning hell sometimes. You all made it happen and even made it fun
Kathleen Stewart, Director of Special Events
This is our second year at NKU and the new facilities that have been provided are outstanding. Last year the Budig Theater and ballroom were great, however, the new Student Union has created a venue that we will use for years to come. From the ease of accessibility to the cooperative and friendly staff everything could not have gone better.
Mark Vargas, RRT, RCP, St. Elizabeth Healthcare
I wanted to say THANK YOU for allowing us to use the Student Union Ballroom for the STLP event this past Tuesday. The event was a huge success.
Sarah Mann, NKU Information Technology
I didnt want this day to go by without thanking you and your staff for the tremendous support provided to our office for Job Expo 2009. We deem the event quite a success with 70 employers and more than 1,000 individuals attending. From the early stages of setting up the logistics to the day of the event preparations, you and your crew could not have been more helpful. Assistance yesterday was never far off, and the expertise and professionalism of your staff truly contributed to the smooth operation of the day. Please convey to your staff how much their help was appreciated in the planning and staging of this event.
Shirl Short, NKU Career Development Center
Team NKU such a nice job you all did on Thursday evening. Thank you. Lots of compliments from the community. Very, very nice. You really made us look great. The food was wonderful. The service great. And the AV/IT effort spectacular and impressive.
Mark Neikirk, Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement


Event Planning Services
Expert assistance in planning, coordinating and managing your event to ensure success.
Fully Staffed Audio Visual Department
Fully staffed Audio Visual department to offer expertise and technical support throughout your program.
Discounted visitor parking rate for conference guests.
Information Desk
Information Desk Staff to assist your attendees here on campus during your program hours.
Public Transportation
Public bus transportation from NKU campus to surrounding Cincinnati area.
Campus Recreation Center
Ability to use Campus Recreation Facility for a special rate.
Wireless Internet
Free wireless internet access throughout the campus.


Wireless Internet
Free wireless internet access throughout the campus.
Audio Visual
Fully staffed Audio Visual department to offer expertise and technical support throughout your program.