Planning a Conference

Conference Services welcomes you to California State University, Northridge for your next event. We combine concierge service with the accommodations and amenities of one of southern California's top universities. Our team of event planners assists with all your needs and create a unique and memorable experience. In the sections below, you will find the information needed to plan a conference including apartment features, rates, meeting and recreational locations, dining and payments. 

Accommodations and Amenities

Apartments at University Park

Our conference suites are two-bedroom apartments that accommodate up to four guests. Each apartment has a living room, full bathroom and private balcony. All apartments are furnished with beds, desks, sofas, tables and chairs. Most apartments have a kitchen. Room rates include double or single occupancy on per person and per night basis, with linen packages available for each guest.

Rates (per person, per night)

Room Rates Per Night (Single or Double Occupancy)
OccupancyNo LinenLinen

Single Occupancy



Double Occupancy



Single Alone in Full Apartment



Single occupancy is one person assigned to a bedroom with one or two other participants assigned to the opposite bedroom. 

Double occupancy is two people assigned to a bedroom with one or two participants assigned to the other bedroom.

Single Alone in Full Apartment occupancy is one person assigned to a bedroom and no other person(s) assigned to the other bedroom.


  • Air conditioning in all apartments.
  • Wireless Internet and plug-in Ethernet access (no switches/routers allowed) in all apartments.
  • Laundry facilities in the lobby of each building.
  • Ample parking adjacent to each building.


  • Fitness club with a fee per visit.
  • Swimming pools.
  • Basketball courts.
  • Sand volleyball court.
  • Several spacious open lawn areas for outdoor activities.


Parking is available on campus by permit only and must be purchased daily. For an extended stay, special permits may be obtained for the period of your stay. Daily $8 parking permits can be purchased online from the Permit Store or on arrival from campus dispensers using credit cards or cash. Parking is enforced 24 hours a day seven days a week. 


Guests are responsible for abiding by the rules that benefit conference participants and the residential community. The Regulations for Conference Guest Conduct page explains policies on alcohol, computer use, weapons, quiet hours, room principles, safety and security.

Meeting Spaces and Campus Facilities

Rooms in Student Housing complex

The Student Housing complex features several classrooms and lounges perfect for meetings, breakout sessions and relaxation.

University Student Union and Satellite Student Union

The versatile facilities at the University Student Union and Satellite Student Union easily accommodate any event from intimate receptions to trade shows and conferences. Meeting planners will enjoy a wide array of amenities including audiovisual support, full-service catering, convenience store, public telephones and indoor and outdoor relaxation areas.

At the Satellite Student Union in the Student Housing complex, room sizes range from conference rooms with capacity of 10 to 14 people, meeting rooms with capacity of 20 to 100 people, and multipurpose rooms that hold from 120 to 300 people. Multipurpose space at the University Student Union can accommodate up to 800 people. 

Classroom, theatre and athletic space

A variety of classroom and athletic space is available for use during the summer conference season. Rooms range from traditional classrooms to auditoriums with capacities from 10 to 150 people. Several small theatres are located in our Performing Arts Center, music building and theatre building. Our athletic facilities can accommodate activities such as tennis, soccer, softball and basketball.

Ropes course

The department of Leisure Studies and Recreation offers a ropes course. The ropes course is an alternative to traditional classroom learning by providing participants with an adventurous activity that requires goal setting, problem-solving skills and strengthens their relationships with other team members.

Local attractions

Although CSUN houses several facilities for conferences, meetings and recreational activities, there are a number of attractions near CSUN such as Six Flags. For a complete list of nearby destinations, visit Local Attractions.


University Dining Services

Conference groups can arrange for catering or use several of the dining areas on the main campus. Conference groups are encouraged to work with the Conference Services office to arrange and purchase food packages prior to their arrival. 


Geronimo's is a newly remodeled dining hall featuring Cilantro's Taco and Tostada Bar, Pizzazz Pizza and Pasta, Checker's Deli, Grill and Greens, Matador Entrees, Flakes Cereal Bar and Dessert Island. With its wide selection, the food court-style restaurant is the perfect place to feed your hungry students and staff. Meals can be arranged for vegetarians or individuals on special diets.

For more information on dining service, pictures and hours of operations, visit Campus Dining.

Bamboo Terrace at Geronimo's

Located within Geronimo’s is Pan-Asian fare spanning from the various regions of Asia. Each week Bamboo Terrace features regional fare as Vietnamese pho, Korean kalbi (short ribs), Chicken Tikka, Vegetable Samosa, Pad Thai and Thai curries to name a few. Daily menu items will include popular dishes like Chow Mein noodles, orange chicken, baos and eggrolls. A wide selection of sushi is also offered on a daily basis.

The University Club

The University Club, surrounded by the San Fernando Valley's famous orange grove, is the best-kept secret in Northridge. Located on the southeast side of campus, the facilities are available for receptions, social functions, meetings and elegant banquets. Four private rooms along with an outdoor garden and gazebo offer a unique setting for any event. The University Club is perfect for gatherings from five people to 300. The management and staff of the University Club are dedicated to providing the finest services and cuisine. 


A variety of catering options are available. Please contact the conference office for details. A complete menu is available upon request and includes:

  • Appetizers
  • Bakery and desserts
  • Beverage services
  • Boxed lunches
  • Breakfast entrees
  • Buffet items
  • Dinner entrees
  • Lunch entrees
  • Picnic baskets
  • Salads
  • Sandwiches
  • Side dishes 

A wide variety of additional services including rental of rooms at the University Club, dance floors, photographers, videographers, pianists, disk jockeys, floral arrangements and valet parking may also be requested.

Payments and Procedures


A certificate of insurance and an endorsement page, naming the university and its auxiliaries as additionally insured, must be on file in the Conference Services office not less than 10 days prior to occupancy. Keys will not be distributed to conference guests without the appropriate insurance documentation on file.

Lost room keys and meal cards

Charges for a lost or misplaced room key and meal card, which cannot be collected from the individual participant will be charged to the conference organization. 

Reservations, contracting, deposits and payments

The Conference Services staff can assist you in making an initial reservation. Once the initial reservation is made, we will send a proposal and conference license agreement outlining the expected costs and contractual details of your stay at CSUN. Your reservation will be officially reserved upon receipt of a nonrefundable deposit and signed license agreement by the Conference Services office. 

The amount of your deposit, less any penalties, is subsequently deducted from total conference charges. In some cases, additional deposits may be required. Full payment of all fees is indicated in your conference services license agreement. A complete participation list must be provided to the Conference Services office no later than 15 days prior to your contracted date of arrival. 

Changes to the services indicated in your conference services license agreement will be reflected in a payment summary provided at the end of your stay and must be paid in 30 days of the completion of your program. Disputes related to charges on your final payment summary must be made in writing within 30 days of receipt of the payment summary. 

Cancellation policy

Once a license agreement has been signed, cancellations made in 30 days of the conference start date, but no later than 10 days before start date will result in a cancellation fee equal to 85 percent of the total charges. Cancellation of the conference 10 days or less prior to the check-in date will result in a cancellation fee equal to the total charges outlined in the initial payment form signed by the conference organization.

To make a reservation contact Carye Vogt, Manager of Conference Services, at
 carye.vogt@csun.edu or (818) 677-4986.

Checklist for Clients

The following checklist will help you plan your event at CSUN.

First step

  • Select desired dates and possible alternate dates.
  • Determine your meal schedule requirements.
  • Estimate resident and commuter guests’ attendance.
  • Determine meeting and exhibit space needs.
  • Determine special food service needs such as catering, breaks and refreshment service.

Second step

  • Contact the Conference Services office to place a tentative hold on desired dates.
  • Schedule a tour of the housing, food services and meeting facilities.
  • Place a tentative hold on the desired meeting and exhibit space.
  • Provide the Conference Service office with information about your organization, purpose of conference and any available printed material regarding your previous conference programs. 

Third step

  • Confirm all tentative arrangements given to the Conference Services office.
  • Review and sign the license agreement and other contracts as necessary.
  • Send remaining copies of lease agreement with deposit to university Conference Services office by date indicated. A copy of all signed material will be returned once university signatures are in place.

A few months prior to conference

  • Review all arrangements.
  • Schedule final site visit if necessary.
  • Provide special set-up information for meeting rooms and catering.
  • Determine audio and video equipment needs such as date, time, and location.

One month prior to conference

  • Provide housing list with participants paired if possible.
  • Provide numbers of possible commuters for meals and meetings.
  • Pay balance of service payments.
  • Provide a certificate of insurance to the Conference Services office.
  • Submit the final written agenda, program or conference brochure.
  • Provide numbers of early arrivals and late departure.