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GSS Venues .

We have a range of flexible spaces that can be used for almost any event. Thea’s Lounge, the Penthouse and the GSS Loft are flexible spaces that can be set up for large events, meetings, and conferences, while Leon’s Lounge and the Study Room are ideal for smaller gatherings. 

Our Spaces

GSS Loft

Located on the Nest building's top floor, the GSS Loft has floor-to-ceiling windows and a balcony. It offers stunning aerial campus views and is exclusively reserved for use by graduate students. The loft is a versatile event space, capable of hosting various functions and gatherings.

Thea's Lounge

Natural light floods this expansive venue, offering views of the Georgia Strait. Equipped with a full-service bar, Thea's Lounge is adaptable for diverse events. It can transition from an intimate dinner to a lively dance party.

Leon's Lounge

Cedar columns line its exterior, and natural light filters through large windows. Leon's Lounge is a quiet venue perfect for small meetings. It can function individually or be combined with other Graduate Student Centre spaces for separate discussions.

Graduate Life Centre

It offers an intimate setting for smaller gatherings, featuring preserved elements like an oil painting of Thea Koerner, extensive book collections, and a marbled fireplace mantel. Its north and south balconies provide exceptional aerial campus views, making it an ideal location cozy small event space.


Once home to philanthropist Leon J. Koerner, the Penthouse has preserved historical elements. North and south balconies offer campus views, making it an ideal setting for small gatherings. It features art and a fireplace.

Study Room

With views of ancient pines from its wall of windows, the Study Room is a quiet space ideal for small group meetings. It can operate individually or be combined with other rooms in the Graduate Student Centre for private talks.

Event Services

Our professional team can help with event planning and ensure everything runs smoothly, from the initial idea, room layout, and set-up to take-down, clean-up, etc. We also provide support and advice for decor, help you book catering, provide supervision during the event, and even help you organize music and alcohol licensing.

Note: Equipment rentals do not apply to GSS Loft. Set-up and take-down are the client’s responsibility unless otherwise discussed with booking staff.

Equipment for Your Event

Whether you are looking for table linens or AV set up for your event, we’ve got you covered. Below is a list of equipment available. If you need something specific, let us know, and we will try to source it.

Note: Equipment rentals do not apply to GSS Loft.

Seatings & Reception

Table Number Stand
Table Skirting
Cocktail Table
Reception Table in Lobby


Audio System (includes a microphone)
Floor Speakers
Extra Microphone
Ear-Worn Wireless
Mic Stand


LCD Projector
Flip Chart (includes paper)
White Board
HDMI Adaptor Cable


Mac/VGA Connector Cable
Extension Cord

Get Inspiration

Here are some examples of how our guests have set up our spaces to give you an idea of what is possible. If you have a specific vision for what you’d like, please contact us and we will do our best to make it a reality.


For general inquiries on venue rental, please email