A banquet table in the Refectory

Receptions and Dining

Finding the right venue

Shared experiences that centre around hospitality and networking are a memorable way to engage your target audience and build relationships. For all nature of receptions and dinners, we have a variety of spaces to choose from at the University of Leeds.

From intimate to large-scale, traditional to contemporary, and ambient to immersive – our venues offer extensive branding opportunities and a captivating environment to make a lasting impression.

The Refectory is our most versatile reception and dinner venue for up to 600 people, and it can also be arranged for much smaller set-ups. For an interesting talking point among your guests, The Who’s iconic Live at Leeds album was recorded in this space. Imagery of the band and other prestigious visitors we’ve welcomed here over the years are a fascinating addition to the aesthetic.

If you’re looking for grandeur, our Great Hall features beautiful gothic architecture and is ideal for larger-scale formal occasions. University House, centrally located on campus, offers a more contemporary setting, with a choice of seven flexible rooms of varying size.

Cloth Hall Court is our new dedicated city centre venue, conveniently situated just a two-minute walk from Leeds Railway Station. This Grade II listed building is steeped in history and is ideal for corporate receptions and dinners.

Whatever the purpose and format for your event, our expert team is on hand to work closely with you, ensuring your event delivers on every objective. Exceptional catering, provided by our in-house team, will be designed to suit your event style and itinerary.

Here are some examples of the reception and dining events that our versatile facilities are ideal for hosting:

  • Award ceremonies
  • Launches
  • Fundraisers
  • Networking
  • Milestone celebrations
  • Conference galas
  • Christmas parties
  • Cultivation events
  • Incentive and reward

Contact us

To find out more information, arrange a site visit or discuss your specific requirements, complete a short form or contact our dedicated Conferences and Events team – call us on 0113 343 6100 or email us at conferences@leeds.ac.uk.


To find out more about the full range of venues suitable for receptions and dining at the University of Leeds, just click on the links below: