University of Charleston

Whether you need a small room for a meeting, are planning your dream wedding, or want an outdoor gathering for several hundred, the University of Charleston’s location and amenities make it the right choice.

Facilities & Venues

We offer a variety of options from which to choose, outstanding food and catering service, and a professional and supportive staff to make your event successful.

To schedule rooms and events on campus, or for additional information and availability, contact our catering staff at 304-357-4807.

Erma Byrd Gallery

The Erma Byrd Gallery is located on the third floor of Riggleman Hall, and is a perfect venue for weddings and other celebrations.

Over 150 original works of art, all by women with West Virginia roots, adorn the walls of this remarkable, oval room. Floor to ceiling windows provide a stunning view of the Kanawha River and the West Virginia State Capitol. The Gallery also can be used as a high-tech meeting space, with automatic shades, controlled lighting, and a large drop-down screen for video or PowerPoint presentations.

The Gallery has a capacity of 100-150 people, depending on the room set up.

Riggleman Rotunda

A spacious venue in the heart of campus, the rotunda dazzles the eye with its inlaid flooring, colorful murals, and art deco touches.  It is located on the second floor of Riggleman Hall. The rotunda is oval-shaped, providing easy circulation for large crowds, and looks out on the river and the State Capitol beyond. The adjoining patio makes this the perfect spot for an indoor/outdoor event in seasonable weather.

Capacity for the rotunda is 150-200, depending on room set up.

UC Riverbank

“Charleston’s best piece of real estate” boasts a spectacular view of the Kanawha River and State Capitol. Crew shells, coal barges and pleasure boats provide constant entertainment, and the outdoor venue attracts events ranging from patio dining to tented receptions to large public festivals. A newly installed fire pit can make evening events truly special.

Capacity for the riverbank area is 250.

The Ballroom

At almost 4,000 square feet, the ballroom is the University’s largest indoor venue. It is located on the third floor of the Geary Student Union. Special features include black and white flooring and windows looking out on the Kanawha River and State Capitol. The Ballroom also has a stage, for speaker events or performances.

Capacity is 300, depending on room set up.

Also available is the Staunton Annex, a smaller room just off the main Ballroom, with a capacity of 50 people.

Geary Auditorium

Geary Auditorium provides a stage and theater seating for up to 962 guests, perfect for concerts and public speaking events. It is located on the second floor of the Riggleman Hall. Balcony seating is accessible from the third floor.

The Frankenberger Art Gallery

The Frankenberger Art Gallery is located on the second floor of the Geary Student Union. It is used for meetings and receptions, and is home to the University’s annual International Education Week fair. The Gallery features works by local artists.

This location has a capacity of between 15 and 25 guests, depending on the room set up.

Appalachian Room

Created in recognition of the geographical heritage of Appalachia – and in honor of the University’s tradition of service to the hundreds of Appalachian students who have studied here, the Appalachian Room is available for meetings and receptions. It is located on the second floor of the Geary Student Union.

It has a capacity of up to 200 people.

Other facility options are available, including smaller conference rooms, classrooms, and rehearsal halls. For more options, contact Catering.

 

Please note: Room rental includes tables, chairs, flatware, and dishware. If a change from the original room setup is requested on the day of the function, a labor charge may be added to the banquet check depending on the labor required for the change. A labor charge of $35.00 will be added to all functions in which the guaranteed attendance is less than 20 guests.

students sitting in chairs listening to presntation
drone view of symphony sunday event on the riverbank lawn