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Special events and reception locations

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam has attractive rooms for conferences, symposia, workshops, and lectures. There are also various accommodations available for receptions and catering.

The Events department can arrange the renting of the appropriate accommodations, can coordinate all congress activities, and can order the catering.

See the opening times of all VU buildings.

Visiting addresses and meeting rooms
Renting educational and conference rooms
General contact information 

Photo overview of rooms
Would you like to get an impression of the meeting rooms on the VU campus? Please check this complete overview (text in Dutch). 

Available rooms

  • Agora rooms

    • Main Building, 3rd floor (accessible by elevators adjacent to the Book Store)
    • 8 to 79 seats
  • Alma hall

    • OZW Building, 10th floor (accessible by left elevator) 
    • 20 to 28 seats (or 80 persons at a standing reception)
  • Atrium

    • MF Building, first floor (accessible from the main entrance) 
    • 100 seats
  • Auditorium

    • Main Building, above the central lobby (accessible by the central stairway) 
    • 212 seats (of which 80 on the balcony)
  • Aula

    • Main Building, above the central lobby (accessible by the central stairway) 
    • 900 seats (of which 250 on the balcony)
  • Aurora

    • Main Building, ground floor (accessible via restaurant space) 
    • 60 seats (or 80 persons at a standing reception)
  • Forum 2

    • Main Building, 1D-06
    • 38 seats
  • Conference Centre New University Building

    The second floor of the north side (De Boelelaan) of VU Amsterdam's New University Building boasts a professional and appealing university conference centre. The conference centre has eight rooms in varying sizes to accommodate groups of between 14 and 32 people.

    In addition to these meeting rooms the centre has an open zone for short, bilateral consultations and multiple foyers for working on your laptop, for setting up banqueting services, or for meeting others. The conference centre has a foyer with coffee and tea facilities, which may be used by visitors.

    Audiovisual and IT facilities

    All rooms are complete with professional and easy to use audiovisual equipment for presentations. The room for 32 people (02A-65) has a 75-inch screen that is easily visible from every seat. Our other screens are 55 inches. All screens are on moveable trolleys with operating panels, and instructions on how to use the screens can be found in every room. You can also find an HDMI and USB-C cable for connecting your laptop to your screen and

    WePresent has been installed in every room. Wireless presentations are possible. Of course Wi-Fi is available everywhere. External visitors and guests can use the IT facilities free of charge using a guest account. Request a guest account (as a VU employee) via the IT Service Desk. The guest will receive information about how to make a temporary account to access the Wi-Fi network by email or text.

    All rooms have a flipchart and a coat rack.

    Reserving rooms

    VU employees and the PBL post-grad programme may reserve rooms via the facility services’ catalogue on the Service Portal via ‘reserve room (separate)’. If you also wish to request banqueting or other facilities (such as an AV technician or a new room layout) with your room reservation, then please use ‘reserve meeting/events room (compiled)’. If you are not a VU Amsterdam employee, then please contact our FCO Service Desk. They will make a reservation for you using your debtor reference number. For PBL, VU events and non-employees, costs are involved in the use of the rooms. These will be charged afterwards based on the number of hours reserved.

  • Reception Hall

    • 40 to 600 persons
  • Symphony Building

    • Gustav Mahlerlaan 405 
    • 1082 MK Amsterdam
    • Various rooms with differing possiblities