Here at Mount Allison, many of our classrooms and lecture halls can be customized with seating that complements your group's purpose and needs.  

Below are some popular set ups that we would be happy to arrange for your event.


Helpful Hints

  • Give people room to shift comfortably without disturbing others.
  • Consider factors like aisle widths, distance between rows of chairs, location of seating in relation to room exits.
  • Ensure good sight lines for entire audience.
  • Consider the objective of the session. Is it okay to just sit and listen? Ask questions? Take notes? Engage in dialogue with the presenter? With other participants? Does the presenter need room to roam?
  • Avoid the "bowling alley" effect of many rows extending back into the distance. With any group larger than 100, stage the speaker or head table on the long side of the room, rather than the narrow end; attendees will be closest to the presenter.
  • Provide Conference staff with good detail on how you want each room arranged. Then arrive early to ensure that the set up is as you requested.


Mount Allison round tables can seat eight people.



 Boardroom Style
Good for participatory meetings of 22 people or fewer, as eye-to-eye contact disappears if there are more.



 Classroom Style
This arrangement is often called schoolroom style because of its convenience for note-takers.



 Hollow Square
A very popular configuration, often used when participants require a lot of interactive discussion.

Hollow Square


 Hexagon Shape
Hexagon shape is a desirable variation of the hollow square configuration because it dramatically improves eye-to-eye contact for small groups where interaction is a factor.



Receptions for large groups of people are often organized with bars and food stations.  A food station is best in the centre of the room, not in the corners (especially if that's where the bars are).



An arrangement for small discussion groups where a chairman or moderator sits at the head. The centre row can be double tables if more space is required for note taking.



 Theatre Style
This is the usual set-up for large sessions where attendees listen more then participate. For any group larger than 100, you need an aisle, plus side access. For big convention sessions, it's best to have at least two wide aisles. Generally try to avoid a centre aisle which causes the speaker to look down a chasm.

Theatre Style


 U Shape
Good for relatively small groups where attendees are expected to participate. The speaker or leader usually works for the open end of the U, though a chairman or "committee" is best at the closed end. Chairs can also be placed inside the horseshoe.

U Shape



E-shaped is a variation of the U-shape to accommodate more people. Leave ample space in the centre for people to move. You need a surprisingly large room to accommodate this layout. It often results in much neck-stretching (although people at the centre table can angle themselves towards the front of the room).