Drinks and events before 5 p.m. alcohol-free

Since 1 September 2019, drinks and events in and around university buildings are alcohol-free during regular office hours (before 5 p.m.). The alcohol policy applies to employees, students and external parties.


  • The University Hall (incl. Faculty Club), University Museum, Botanic Gardens and Parnassos are mainly used for (ceremonial, cultural and other) events and have a public function. That’s why alcohol may be served before 5 p.m.
  • Spirits (15% alcohol or more) are no longer served anywhere, with the exception of in the Faculty Club.
  • If you organise an event at an external location, the rules of the relevant operator apply. The Basket and Olympos are also external locations.
  • On working days, external parties cannot serve alcohol before 5 p.m. On weekend days, the event organiser determines whether alcohol is served before 5 p.m.
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What alternatives are offered?

You can order various non-alcoholic alternatives via the Sodexo order portal.

  • The alcohol-free drinks cart offers options like beer 0.0, Radler 0.0, alcohol-free wine, ginger ale and Thijs tea ginger/lemon and apple/nettle. Thijs tea is iced tea that is made from disapproved fruit.
  • When you make a custom-made order there are more possibilities, for example alcohol-free sparkling options and alcohol-free cocktails (mocktails).

How is the policy enforced?

The UU caterers do not provide alcohol when events take place before 5 p.m.

Are you allowed to drink alcohol outside?

It does not matter whether your event takes place in an university building or on the university grounds next to a university building.

More vital and healthy society

The standardised alcohol policy fits with the National Prevention Agreement in which more than seventy organisations made agreements on striving for a smoke-free generation, preventing problematic alcohol us and decreasing the number of overweight and obese people. The ultimate goal is a healthier society.