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The University Club of Santa Barbara
1332 Santa Barbara St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Phone: 805-966-0853 ext.13 
Fax: 805-966-9143

The University Club of Santa Barbara is one of Santa Barbara’s prized locations for elegant private member functions. The Club offers brides an elegant, home-like setting for a wedding ceremony, and a beautifully appointed facility for a reception. For brides who prefer an outdoor wedding, the Club is located one block from Alice Keck Park -- often described as the most beautiful spot in Santa Barbara for a wedding ceremony – with guests returning to the Club for an exquisite reception. Our newly renovated main dining room accommodates 130 people, with a spacious new hardwood dance floor. Other amenities include a spacious dressing area for the bridal party, and ample parking for guests. Our special events coordinator helps to plan every detail, and to make the occasion truly perfect, our celebrated Executive Chef works closely with each couple to create a menu of their dreams.

The University Club is a majestic 1800's mansion, centrally located to shops, restaurants and hotels in down-town Santa Barbara. Originally the private residence of James Calkins, the estate has been beautifully renovated, boasting Spanish Colonial Revival architecture with its own private art collection and antiques, fireplaces, and chandeliers throughout. The University Club operates as a private Club for its members, as well as a full-service event venue for weddings and special events.

You may have your:

  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Ceremony
  • Wedding Reception
  • Next-Day Brunch
or even all four events here.


We allow only one wedding reception a day, ensuring that you get our fullest attention. You will be able to start the morning here, get dressed in our Bride & Groom dressing areas, have lunch with your bridal party, take your time in setting up the wedding details, and enjoy your ceremony and reception privately with your guests.

Located next to beautiful Alice Keck Park, and within walking distance of the majestic Santa Barbara County Courthouse and numerous downtown churches, you may choose to have your ceremony off-site, or here at the Club.

With the tables, (standard) linens, chairs, flatware, stemware, and (2) dance floors included … set up is essentially taken care of. Additionally, as a free gift, we’d like to illuminate the club by candlelight with over 200 votive candles.

Please inquire for a packet and catering estimate. We are excited to assist you in creating your wedding day to be as unique as you are!