Alcohol Service & Pricing

Occidental College holds a Type 47 liquor license from the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC)

The license governs the terms of sale and service of wine, beer, and spirits at events for internal and external clients. All alcohol purchasing, storage, and service on Campus is managed by Campus Dining. 

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Because Oxy is located in a zoned residential neighborhood, the licensing process required a zoning variance from the City of Los Angeles, The variance specifies eight locations for alcohol service at events:

1.     Johnson Student Center

2.     Swan & Hinchliffe Halls

3.     Collins House

4.     Ahmanson House & Mitchell Garden

5.     Academic Quad

6.     Bell Field

7.     Patterson Field

8.     Mullin Grove (Limited Usage - Requires Authorization from the Office of the President)

External events with alcohol are restricted to these approved locations. Use of the approved locations for internal events is strongly encouraged. Internal events with alcohol at locations other than these will require obtaining a caterer's permit. Campus Dining will apply for the permit, and 30 days notice is required. A $175 fee will apply. A caterer's permit can extend for up to three days (for a single “event"), and a maximum of 24 caterer's permits per calendar year may be obtained for spaces located on Campus (1600 Campus Road). No other entity (caterer or bartending service) may pull an alcohol permit for 1600 Campus Road.

A caterer's permit is also required for events at the Samuelson Alumni Center (1599 CR). However, events at the SAC may use either Campus Dining or a caterer with a liquor license for alcohol service.


Q: Will Oxy be opening a “Pub" on campus?

A: No, the College has no current plans to open a pub. 

Q: Do these requirements apply to student events with alcohol?

A: Yes, all events with alcohol fall under the requirements of the liquor license. Students should work with their SLICE Programming Assistant, who will help coordinate with Campus Dining.

Q: I would like to plan an event with alcohol, but my preferred location isn’t one of the eight listed. What is my first step?

A: It saves everyone time, money and resources when the eight approved locations are used for events with alcohol. However when considering all factors, sometimes a different location may be best. When submitting your space request to Master Calendar, please indicate in the comment section that alcohol will be served. This will start the discussion and help speed up the process of pulling a permit, if necessary.  The permitting cost is $175 per event for internal events. External events must use the eight approved locations.

We are happy to discuss events on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Saraith Murillo at (323) 259-2998 or e-mail your questions to