Rent Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall

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NOTICE:  Program Bookings and Rentals are not being accepted at this time.

The Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall is a dramatic 3,600 square foot multi-purpose space, and among its many outstanding architectural features are four houseposts and two supporting roof beams, all carved by noted Northwest Coast artists, plus other exceptional artworks. It contains a spring dance floor, a stage area, and is adjoined by a fully equipped kitchen. A large foyer graces its entrance. When not in use by UBC Indigenous programs, the Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall is available for rent.

Outdoors, the Longhouse is situated in the University’s Old Arboretum where many unique specimens of trees provide shade to the large deck — perfect for a summertime salmon barbeque. This marvellous hall is suitable for receptions, performances, workshops, conferences, seminars, feasts and banquets.

The Longhouse is fully wheelchair accessible and is located next to the Fraser River parkade, providing easy access to the Great Hall.

Sty-Wet-Tan is a hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ or Musqueam term, meaning spirit of the west wind.

The First Nations House of Learning administers the First Nations Longhouse, including bookings and rentals of Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall.

Revenue from rentals directly supports the maintenance of the building’s infrastructure and Indigenous academic programming.

Rental Information

The following information is very important. Please review it carefully.

Physical Space

Sty-wet-tan is 3,600 square feet. The hall is designed to be a multi purpose space. The following numbers of people can be accommodated in Sty-Wet-Tan:

  • Sit Down Dinner: 200 – 250
  • Theatre Style: 200 – 350
  • Reception: 400 (no tables)

There are no small break-out rooms in the Longhouse. Please refer to the floor plan for detailed information on dimensions of the space.

Rental Fee

Rental rates, not including applicable taxes:

  • 4 hours: $1,325.00
  • 8 hours: $1,725.00
  • 12 hours: $2,650.00

CANCELLATION POLICY: Deposit is non-refundable when written notice of cancellation is received less than 60 days prior to the rental date.

*Indigenous organizations and UBC departments are extended a 25% discount on rental rates.


The Longhouse provides 35 tables measuring 6 feet by 3 feet and 200 chairs as part of the rental fee. Additional tables and chairs can be arranged at a cost by the building manager. Renters may also arrange to have additional furniture delivered for an event.

The labour cost to set-up and take down the furniture for your event is included in the rental fee. A Longhouse host will be available throughout your event to assist where possible.

Public Address System

A microphone (not cordless), microphone stand, two speakers (bluetooth compatible), and a cedar podium are included, as is a drop-down screen over the stage.

Kitchen Use

A full service kitchen is available. Kitchen facilities are rented at an additional $100 per day.

The kitchen includes two residential stove/oven ranges, a residential refrigerator, a stand-up residential freezer, an industrial high-speed dishwasher and plenty of work surfaces.

Coffee urns are available for your use. We are unable to provide dishes, cutlery or serving utensils.

Additional Features

Sty-Wet-Tan is part of the UBC Wireless Community. For more information, please visit the wireless website.

All audiovisual equipment must be arranged to be brought in by the rental group.

A large reception desk and phone are available for your use for check-in, registration area, etc.

Coat racks are available.

Extension cords and power bars are available.

A loading area is located nearby and trolleys are provided for ease of transporting materials into the Great Hall.

Availability & Booking

Bookings are tentative until the Building Manager receives a signed rental agreement and full deposit.

Rentals are welcome throughout the year with the exception of the month of July*.

*During the academic year, September to November and January to March, rentals are permitted on a limited basis throughout the day. Renters should be aware that the Longhouse is used by students and student programs during the academic year and that sound carryover and use of common areas may be a challenge in some rental situations.

General Conditions

There is a strict no-alcohol policy in place at the Longhouse.

The Longhouse is an open design building and can experience sound carry-over.


UBC Conferences and Accommodations provides various accommodation options at the UBC Vancouver campus. For more information, please visit here.


Christine Wasiak
Longhouse Building Manager
First Nations House of Learning
University of British Columbia
1985 West Mall
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z2

Phone: 604-822-5023
Fax: 604-822-0619 or 604-822-8944