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Tents for Colleges and Universities

As college and university presidents and administrators look for creative ways to protect students and faculty from COVID-19 this school year, one solution has grown in popularity across the country – using tent structures to promote social distancing and protect students from the virus.

An increasing number of higher education institutions have erected tents across campuses to serve as outdoor classrooms and study halls. Rice University in Houston, for example, constructed five tents for outdoor classrooms this fall, with each holding about 25 to 30 students. The tents are large enough to allow six feet of social distancing. Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts, have also utilized tent structures.

If you’re interested in speaking to a tent rental company about using tents for social distancing on college and university campuses, contact Lafayette Tents & Events today. We’ve been a supplier of quality tent structures since 1913 and have grown into one of the nation’s largest and most reputable tent companies.

Tents for Temporary Outdoor Classes and Much More

Finding solutions to keep students and faculty safe in community learning environments can be difficult. Luckily, our tents can safely accommodate anywhere from 10 to 1,000 people depending on what your college or university’s needs are.

Most traditional colleges have large lecture halls where seats and desks are bolted to the ground, making it hard to social distance. Outdoor tent structures, though, can keep students, faculty and employees safely distanced.

They can be used for:

  • Expanded dining halls
  • Expanded classrooms
  • Study halls
  • Expanded recreation areas
  • Hosting small to mid-sized events
  • Campus meetings
  • Ceremonies and celebrations
  • And much more!

What Type of Tents Are Best for Campus Settings?

Our most sought-after tent type is our selection of clear span structures. Clear span tents come in all sizes and are the best solution for providing students and faculty with a safe alternative to traditional classrooms and study halls. Clear span structures are:


They can be deployed virtually anywhere – including on grass, gravel, concrete and over and around obstacles.


They are manufactured with a sturdy aluminum frame and can hold up in winds of up to 60 mph and three-second bursts of 90 mph. Clear span structures are great for long-term installation.


Clear span tents have no interior poles, so students have plenty of room to move around while maintaining a safe distance from others.

Come With Several Options

They can be fitted with flooring, HVAC solutions, signage and customer lighting.

Come in All Sizes

Clear span structures can be as narrow as 10 feet and as wide as 164 feet, accommodating hundreds of students if need be.

Lafayette Tents Has Your Campus Community Covered!

At Lafayette Tents, we’re proud of the reputation we’ve earned over the past 100-plus years. We take pride in all of our customers’ events and tent needs, and we aren’t satisfied unless you are. When you partner with Lafayette Tents, you’ll receive:

  • Free consultation to accommodate your campus’ specific needs
  • 24/7 availability
  • A company that has your best interests in mind
  • Durable tents that will keep students and faculty comfortable and safe, even in unpredictable weather
  • The flexibility to erect tents virtually anywhere on campus

Our Three-Step Process

We’ve developed a three-step process that makes the entire process a breeze.

1. Choose a Tent Type

First, we’ll work with you to choose a type of tent based on your square footage needs, the number of attendees and where the tent will be located. In the case of college and university tents, we typically recommend one or more clear span structures.

2. Develop a Site Plan

We’ll then assist you with developing a site plan. This includes the location of the structure, its width, length and the floor plan.

3. Managing Every Aspect

Finally, we manage each step of the process, including delivery, installation, take down and removal.

Contact Lafayette Tents and Events Today

Contact Lafayette Tents for a free consultation to help you plan and build a space specifically centered around your college or university’s educational needs. Call us today to request a free quote.


Keven and his team at Lafayette Tents & Events provided a completely seamless experience. From beginning to end, they communicated well, paid attention to our needs, and exceeded every expectation. Can't wait to work with them again next year.

G.D., Owner of Event Management Company

I want to tell you how very pleased I was with both set-up and take-down of the tents. The installers were freindly, helpful and all around great guys. It was raining and muddy during the take-down, yet these guys were great! Thank you for all of the help.

M.A., Event Coordinator at Fortune 500 Customer

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