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Nest Catering & Conferences at UBC

6133 University Boulevard
Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z1

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Located in the heart of the beautiful University of British Columbia (UBC) campus, The Nest is one of the world’s most sustainable buildings.

The facility is 5 stories in height and boasts over 250,000 square feet of LEED Platinum Certified meeting and event space. With 33 state-of-the-art architecturally designed breakout rooms and a couple dozen additional unique event spaces ranging from 100 – 11,000 sq ft, The Nest is a haven for event organizers and an enhanced learning experience for attendees.

We provide a range of conference and catering services at various price points, including the ability to accommodate a 600-person seated gala dinner in our Great Hall ballroom. Catering menus are 100% Ocean Wise certified, supporting our strong commitment to ethical and sustainable food.

Combined with over 15 years’ experience, full-service event planning and an award-winning culinary team makes The Nest the ideal space to hold events no matter how large or small.
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Fly Through The Nest:

Nearby Cities & Number of Miles:
Vancouver
Nearest Airport/ Number of Minutes:
Vancouver International Airport / 20
Public Transportation Options:
Taxi
Bus
Metro/Public Transportation Proximity:
Within walking distance
Parking Onsite:
Yes
Parking:
Fee
Parking Rate:
Event parking rates are available
Availability:
12 months of the year
ADA Accessible:
Yes
Largest Group:
1000
Number of Meeting & Event Rooms:
50
Largest Classroom Style:
504
Largest Theatre Style:
840
Largest Standing Reception:
1000
Largest Seated Reception:
600
Rooftop Space Available:
Yes
Rooftop Capacity:
150
Onsite Wireless Internet:
Free
Wi-Fi In Meeting Space:
Yes
Onsite A/V Staff:
Yes
Food & Beverage:
In-house AMS Catering
Must Use In-house Catering:
Yes
Cultural Catering Available:
Yes
Alcohol Permitted:
Yes
Can Bring Own Alcohol:
Yes
Cannabis Industry Friendly:
Yes
Complete Meeting Package:
Yes
Offers Non-profit Rates:
No
Ropes Course / Team Building:
Yes
Phone:
604.822.6540
Ideally Suited For:
Adult Social Event
Corporate Social Events
Expo/Competitions
Family Reunion
Professional Meeting/Training/Conference/Retreat
Wedding Ceremony/Reception
Youth Party
Youth Retreat/Camp




Event Spaces

Meeting RoomDescriptionsSquare Footage
Lower-Level Additional info on the Lower-Level can be found here. A floor plan can be found here.

Level-1 Additional info on Level-1 can be found here. A floor plan can be found here.

Level-2 Additional info on Level-2 can be found here. A floor plan can be found here.

Level-4 Additional info on Level-1 can be found here. A floor plan can be found here.

Great Hall The Great Hall is a multipurpose venue that can be tailored to a wide range of events, great or small. Equipped with a sky wall that divides the space for smaller functions and four state-of-the-art projector screens fit for presentations, screenings and slide shows. Plus a built-in sound system that plays up the room's existing acoustics and floor to ceiling windows which wrap around the east and south edge of the ballroom.

The Great Hall is the perfect space to host tradeshows, general sessions, breakout sessions, corporate meetings and presentations and special events which include galas, weddings and award ceremonies. Day or night, this ballroom is the ideal location with a lot of natural daylight and various light settings in the evening to cater to every event.
 

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Accommodations

Facility# of Rooms# of BedsRoom TypeBath TypeA/C
UBC Conferences & Accommodations 3929 4405 Hotel Private no

Catering

  • Flank Steak
    AMS Conferences + Catering (in-house)
    The Nest serves as a leading full-service catered location to students and external conferences. We are committed to partnering with you in creating exceptional and sustainably responsible experiences for you and your guests. Social responsibility is part of our mandate, in which we give back to UBC students where 100% of our proceeds goes directly to support AMS run student services, resources, and leadership opportunities.
    >>> menu (PDF)
  • AMS Conferences + Catering (delivery)
    Full service off-site catering is also our expertise, where we offer a 100% Ocean Wise™ certified menu. From backyard BBQs to weddings, we have an outstanding team of coordinators ready to make your event a success. Want a bar at your event? AMS Conferences + Catering can provide full bar service anywhere in British Columbia (no need to apply for a Special Occasion License). To support our environmental initiatives, all of our packaging is 100% recyclable or compostable.
    >>> menu (PDF)

Dining

  • The Pit Pub
    The Pit Pub
    Seating Capacity: 406
    The successor of AMS’ legendary student bar, The Pit at the Nest, expands on what was great about the old location and updates everything else. With a giant media wall, a fancy new sound system, and refreshed menu and drink list carrying a variety of local craft beer, The Pit will once again be THE only place on campus to watch the game, have a bite to eat, meet your friends and have a great time!

    The Pit Pub offers full venue buyouts. 
  • Gallery 2.0 Rooftop Restaurant
    Gallery 2.0 Rooftop Restaurant
    Seating Capacity: 300
    Offering full venue buyouts, housed atop of the new AMS Student Nest in the heart of the University of British Columbia campus, Perch Rooftop Lounge offers a memorable dining experience with views overlooking the North Shore mountains and a menu focused on sustainable, low impact food and drink. Using the vast resource of fresh sustainable product available to us in British Columbia, we will provide you with an exceptional, ethically sourced menu with intuitive and personalized service. 

    Working with local producers, farmers and featuring produce and herbs from the UBC Farm and the Nest’s own rooftop garden, the menu will change with the season and availability of the freshest ingredients possible. We will serve only 100% Ocean Wise™. 

Area Attractions

AttractionDescription
BEATY BIODIVERSITY MUSEUM Explore UBC’s spectacular biological collections through exhibits and programs. More than two million specimens of plants, marine invertebrates, insects, fish, vertebrates, fungi, and fossils showcase the stunning natural history of British Columbia and beyond. The Beaty is also home to the largest blue whale skeleton on display in Canada.

IRVING K. BARBER LEARNING CENTRE The Learning Centre’s spectacular 250,000 sq ft facility features contemporary artworks – including a piece from Musqueam artist Brent Sparrow – a dazzling chandelier by John Nutter, and the exceptional Chung Collection.

MORRIS AND HELEN BELKIN ART GALLERY Internationally recognized for its exhibitions, programs, and online projects, the Belkin Art Gallery is one of Canada’s premier showcases for contemporary art. We specialize in Canadian avant-garde art of the 1960s and 1970s. Download the UBC Outdoor Art Tour and discover UBC in a new way. Free admission and tours.

MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY MOA is a place of extraordinary architectural beauty, provocative programming, and exciting exhibitions. From towering totem poles in its spectacular Great Hall, to more than 10,000 objects from around the world housed in our Multiversity Galleries, MOA offers endless opportunities for visitors to discover and learn about their own and other cultures. We also offer an elegant Shop, Café MOA, free guided gallerywalks, and customized tours by special arrangement.

PACIFIC MUSEUM OF THE EARTH Across the street from the Beaty, the Pacific Museum of the Earth displays rocks and minerals, fossils, a seismograph, tornado machine, and exhibits relating to ocean and atmospheric sciences. Also on display is a skeleton of the dinosaur Lambeosaurus – over 80 million years old!

NITOBE MEMORIAL GARDEN A traditional Japanese Tea and Stroll garden. A place of reflection, where each step reveals a new harmony, the garden is designed to suggest a span of time – a day, a week or a lifetime – with a beginning, choice of paths, and ending.

UBC BOTANICAL GARDEN In addition to unique displays of plants from around the world, the Botanical Garden includes the Greenheart Canopy Walkway eco-adventure, a well stocked gift shop, and a plant centre full of rare specimens for purchase. 

CHAN CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS Since opening in the spring of 1997, this world class venue has earned high praise for its striking design and stellar acoustics. Inside there are three unique performance spaces: the 1200-seat Chan Shun Concert Hall, the flexible Telus Studio Theatre, and the intimate Royal Bank Cinema. The Chan Centre offers a variety of performances and events year-round, from classical recitals and jazz concerts, to avant-garde theatre and opera productions. In addition, the Chan Centre presents its own annual season of world, jazz, and folk music concerts featuring internationally-renowned artists such as Zakir Hussain, Mavis Staples, Lila Downs, and the Punch Brothers.

DOROTHY SOMERSET STUDIO THEATRE One of UBC’s hidden treasures, this intimate 120 seat black box theatre is a venue for work by UBC theatre students, as well as many professional productions and exciting guest speakers. Many shows are free, others range from $5 – $10.

FREDERIC WOOD THEATRE This historic theatre showcases the leading edge of new theatre practice. Discover everything from premieres to classics of the world stage and free talks by visiting scholars. The full season of plays features graduate and undergraduate theatre students as well as the work of faculty artists-in-residence and internationally renowned performers. Tickets $2 – $22. 

UBC SCHOOL OF MUSIC: OLD AUDITORIUM Restored and renovated in 2010, this historic 1925 theatre is home to the UBC Opera Ensemble for their rehearsals and many of their performances. The 2010 renovation included a new 60-person orchestra pit; new stage lighting and rigging systems; modern classroom technology; two rehearsal halls; expanded lobby, box office and reception spaces. Each season the UBC Opera Ensemble presents two fully staged operas at the Old Auditorium (plus one at the Chan Centre), as well their popular Opera Tea on the Stage series. This 533 seat venue is also used for large lecture classes, special events, guest speakers, and performances.

UBC SCHOOL OF MUSIC: ROY BARNETT RECITAL HALL This 255 seat recital hall in the Music Building is a centre of activity at the UBC School of Music. From Sept-April, enjoy intimate solo recitals, chamber music and a myriad of small ensemble performances by student performers. In addition there is the Wednesday Noon Hour series and other special events featuring faculty, local and visiting guest artists. Many events are free, the Wednesday series tickets are only $5. In summer, the School of Music is host to the Vancouver International Song Institute, Early Music Vancouver Festival, and UBC Summer Music Institutes.

Testimonials

  • UBC Faculty of Applied Sciences

    We write to thank the AMS Conferences + Catering staff for the wonderful service provided to us at our many events over the last year. Planning an event with AMS Conferences + Catering is straight forward and always efficient. We have received many compliments regarding the standard of the food provided as well as the diversity of the menu. The staff were extremely courteous, professional and adaptable when the situation dictated. Again, thanks for all your help and we would have no hesitation in using your services in the future.

    Sarah Barclay
    Associate Director, Alumni Engagement

    UBC Faculty of Applied Sciences

  • UBC Office of the CIO

    The catering was absolutely breathtaking. Thank you and your team for making our meeting so flaw-less and special.

    Atoosa Moshtagh

    UBC Office of the CIO

  • Faculty of Science, Office of the Dean

    I just want to express our thanks to the Chef and his entire team for the wonderful luncheon they prepared for us today. They were professional, efficient and helpful. The service was attentive and the food was absolutely delicious. Thank you again for this happy ‘in-house’ dining experience.

    Betty Chan
    Faculty of Science, Office of the Dean

  • SEEDS and Sustainability Coordinator Programs

    Thank you for providing a spectacular culinary performance and a beautiful presentation for the Sustainability Appreciation Luncheon on Friday.

    This annual event is an opportunity for the SEEDS and Sustainability Coordinator programs to acknowledge and convey our appreciation to partners across campus. Your involvement and dedication to an outstanding sustainable food luncheon elevated this occasion into something very very special. We’ve heard from colleagues who said that this was the best Appreciation Luncheon they’ve attended, and others have said that the food was the best they’ve ever experienced on campus.
     
    Michael Peterson
    Liska Richer
    Charlene Ponto
    Heather Mulligan

    SEEDS and Sustainability Coordinator Programs

  • Department of Educational Studies

    Tamara and I want to thank you for providing such wonderful coffee breaks/meals for our SHCY conference. Everyone raved about the food! The staff that worked at the reception and lunch were friendly and helpful – the rooftop garden was a real hit! Tamara ensured that leftover food was packaged up and distributed to organizations in the Downtown Eastside.

     It was a pleasure to work with you – your professionalism, assistance, and good humour were very much appreciated and we are proud to let you know that the conference was a resounding success!

    Mona Gleason
    Professor

    Department of Educational Studies

  • Peter A. Allard School of Law

    I just wanted to say thank you for helping us put on the Dean’s Banquet last night. Everything went off without a hitch, the food was great and the room looked beautiful. Special thanks to all the operations staff who made everything run smoothly yesterday.

    We’ll make sure we leave a note for next year’s coordinator regarding our experiences, and encourage them to use the same venue.
     
    James Struthers
    Orientation Coordinator


    Peter A. Allard School of Law

  • Faculty of Education | Teacher Education Office

    This year when we had a record number of registered exhibitors for the annual UBC Education Career fair, the AMS hosted our event without a hitch. During the months leading up to the event, Lyanne was great to work with and offered suggestions to room arrangement and flow for the exhibition in the new space from the SUB to the NEST's Great Hall. It was this open communication throughout the process that let me put my worries to rest. The morning of the event, the space was fully prepped and ready to go. The staff were on hand throughout the day to adjust to special requests. The catering was healthy and delicious. The catering staff were readily available and flexible with their ability to add in additional drinks as needed in the day. What was key, besides an excellent space, was the professionalism of all the individuals whom interacted with me and our guests during that day. For the exhibitors, I heard that it was the best event of its kind that they'd ever been too. From others, I heard praise that the space was perfect. Well done everyone! I look forward to our coming year and holding our event with them again this coming year. Thank you all for supporting us in our career fair. I highly recommend AMS Conferences + Catering.

    Lorrie Miller, Ph.D.
    Program Coordinator, Student Services

     
    Faculty of Education | Teacher Education Office

  • The Presbyterian Church in Canada

    I wish to express to you the gratitude of the 141st General Assembly of The Presbyterian Church in Canada and my personal thanks and appreciations for the work you did for us with the food service arrangements at the Nest of the Student Union Building and welcoming us to the University of British Columbia.

    The preparations for this year was one of great anticipation leading right up to the day we got into the Great Hall and surrounding rooms. Walking into the building on the days before the Assembly was the confirmation that we did not need plan B. The commisioners and other participants enjoyed meeting in the Great Hall. They also appreciated the care offered by staff who ensured refreshments were ready and plentiful. The General Assembly staff was grateful for the flavourful and excellently prepared meals that appeared daily. They provided good nourishment and a break from long days in the office.

    Again, my thanks and appreciation to you and Lyanne for all you did for this General Assembly.

    Terrie-Lee Hamilton
    Senior Administrator


    The Presbyterian Church in Canada

  • Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic

    Our office has often used the services of AMS Conferences + Catering for bookings at the Nest, and for catering orders for meetings. The facilities at the Nest, along with the expert advice and service of the AMS Conferences + Catering staff, have been superb! They are truly service-oriented. The selections and flexibility with menus are also important to us.

    Pamela Moffett 
    Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic

  • International Professional Services Firm

    Working with Andrea and her team at the Nest was fantastic. Their team did a stellar job in setting up rooms, including AV equipment and catering. As a result, we were able to host a rather large group at a single location without issue, including a full day of working sessions, outdoor activities and a team dinner. The atmosphere and service was amazing and I would not hesitate to recommend the Nest to others.

    Chris S. 

    International Professional Services Firm

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