Function Spaces

We have a great range of function spaces available for private hire.

Whether you’re looking to hold a meeting or function, through to school seminars or conferences, we have a range of facilities to accommodate your needs.

The Roadmap for a Return to Sport

*Resumption of all activities, timelines and numbers listed below are pending Victorian Government and University approval and are subject to change*

Stage 4: Lock-down (First Step) - From 14 September

No commercial hire available

Stage 3: Stay at Home (Second Step) - From 28 September and when 30-50 cases per day

No commercial hire available

Stage 2: Go Outside (Third Step) - From 26 October and less than 5 cases with an unknown source in the last 14 days

No commercial hire available

Stage 1: Stay Aware (Last Step) - From 23 November and no new cases for 14 days

No commercial hire available

Stage 0 – COVID Normal - When thresholds are met

Commercial venue hire to resume


Nona Lee Sports Centre

The Function Spaces are available for booking during the day and evening, subject to availability.

Perfect for both casual and business events, the function spaces open up to a terrace that has a built-in BBQ and views over the Athletics Track, Hockey Pitch and historic colleges. Options include hiring each room separately or combining both to make one large connected space.

Function Space A
  • Flexible seating arrangement of up to 80 seated and 100 standing
  • HDMI/VGA input
  • iPod connectivity
  • Data projector
  • Kitchen access
  • Disabled access and bathrooms
Function Space B
  • Flexible Seating arrangement of up to 40 seated and 60 standing
  • Kitchen access
  • Disabled access and bathrooms
  • Data Projector available upon request

Ernie Cropley Pavilion

The Ernie Cropley Pavilion is the perfect venue for your special event, from weddings and birthday celebrations, to conferences and seminars.

The Pavilion is located in the grounds of the Parkville campus and is steeped in rich sporting tradition. It is the main facility for the University’s Cricket and Football clubs with a heritage listed social room (1906), flanked by the University’s historic colleges.

In 2013, the University of Melbourne commissioned Cox Architects (designers of AAMI park) to expand and upgrade the Pavilion to better cater for functions and events through the creation of large a Function and a renovated social room. Today, these spaces are a unique blend of contemporary and historic design, with sweeping views of the historic University Oval and Sporting Precinct.

Layout options are flexible to suit various needs.

The Ernie Cropley Pavilion Function Space provides:
  • Flexible room arrangement of up to 120 for a seated dinner and 180 for a cocktail event
  • Commercial kitchen, which can be used for professional catering
  • Modern bar setup
  • Social room and function space can be separated
  • Disabled access and bathrooms
Hire Includes:
  • HDMI/VGA/RCA compatible video and audio input
  • iPod jack connection
  • Data projector
  • Microphone (hand held and lapel)
  • Tables and chairs
Parking Details:

Parking available along Swanston Street, College Crescent and Royal Parade.

Limited parking available onsite at cost.

Boat House

The Boat House is the perfect location for wedding receptions, birthday celebrations and end of year celebrations.

This unique venue is ideal for up to 80 sit down or 100 cocktail reception guests. It is set picturesquely on the Yarra River and is home to the Melbourne University Boat Club, the oldest rowing club in Australia.

With striking views across the Yarra River to Melbourne's city skyline and access to a generous veranda overlooking Alexandra Gardens, the award-winning function space venue was designed by Lovell Chen Architects to compliment the heritage-listed University Boat House, as part of the city’s historic, boat house row.

Please contact the Boat Club Operations Manager to discuss your next function including queries on catering at operations@mubc.asn.au

Boat House Features:
  • Flexible room arrangement of up to 80 for a seated dinner and 100 for a cocktail event
  • TV with USB/laptop connectivity
  • Disabled bathrooms and lift access
  • Board room
  • Breakout space
  • Function space
  • Catering provider
  • Kitchenette with hot water
  • Balconies with views of the Yarra River and Melbourne CBD
  • Public Parking available along Boat House Drive
  • Close Proximity to public transport

Please contact the Boat Club Operations Manager to discuss your next function including queries on catering at operations@mubc.asn.au.

Find out more about our function spaces including prices

Contact Jen Eslick via jdow@unimelb.edu.au or phone 03 8344 8575.

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