Staff common room

A delightful club for University staff and PhD candidates. Members enjoy discounts, facilities, a subsidised bar, and event invitations at Old Government House.

About the club

The Staff Common Room Club has been located in Old Government House since 1971.

Established to help promote collegiality and social interaction among University staff and PhD candidates, members can enjoy the facilities at the Buttery Bar and efficient service in a streamlined café.

Membership benefits

Club members and their guests enjoy access to a comfortable dining experience, exclusive bar facilities, and a relaxed environment situated on picturesque University grounds.

As a club member, you’re entitled to:

  • Subsidised café and bar
  • Billiards room
  • Reading lounge
  • Meeting rooms

Discounted venue hire

Club members can also take advantage of discounted venue hire rates, should you wish to hire rooms for private functions such as weddings, anniversaries, or informal meetings.

For more information please visit Old Government House room hire.

Social functions

The Staff Common Room Club hosts a number of social functions each year, including wine tastings, whisky tastings, and Strawberry and Champagne socials.

We can also cater for private functions, from 10 to 200 guests.

Who can join?

Please note: The Staff Common Room Club reserves the right to limit the number of approved Society applications at any time.

Membership costs

Membership type Cost
(per calendar year)
Payment options


  • Fortnightly salary deduction (less than $5 per fortnight)
  • Cheque (payable to The University of Auckland Staff Common Room)
PhD candidates $25
  • Cash
  • Cheque (payable to The University of Auckland Staff Common Room)
Other members $115
  • Credit card
  • Cheque (payable to The University of Auckland Staff Common Room)

Application forms

If you’d like to apply for membership, please download, complete, and return one of the application forms below:

Opening hours

The café is available to all staff members, with club members enjoying subsidised prices. Bar facilities are for members and guests only.


  • Monday to Friday, 8am-3pm

The Buttery Bar

  • Monday to Thursday, Noon-3pm and 4pm-7pm
  • Friday, Noon-9pm



For more information about membership, the club or Old Government House, please contact:

Club Manager
Staff Common Room
Old Government House