Liability in case of damage or theft

  • Parnassos Cultural Center is not liable for damage incurred by visitors/renters or third parties while using the premises, unless such damage is caused intentionally or through gross negligence on the part of Parnassos.
  • Visitors/renters are liable for all damage to the space and any equipment, as well as any damage incurred by third parties during the period in which they use the space.
  • Parnassos is not liable for damage to or loss of property belonging to visitors/renters or their guests within the building. Always lock the rooms when they are unattended.

House Rules Parnassos

  • The building is open from Monday to Friday from 09:30 AM to 11:30 PM, on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM. During these regular opening hours, all public areas such as corridors and halls are accessible at all times for other users of the building.
  • Parnassos uses video surveillance to protect your and our property.
  • Parnassos is not liable for damage and/or theft of personal belongings.
  • The reception is always the first point of contact for information.
  • Visitors causing disturbances will be addressed. You may be asked to leave the building.
  • In the event of (repeated) disturbances, vandalism, misuse of facilities, and/or theft, access to Parnassos may be denied.
  • The rooms are normally locked. Keys to the rooms are obtained from the reception. It will be recorded who has taken the key.
  • In the interest of safety, all access routes and emergency exits must be kept clear.
  • Cables must not be loose on the floor but should be securely fastened.
  • It is prohibited to enter the building with rollerblades, bicycles (incl. folding bikes), etc.
  • A general smoking ban applies in the building.
  • Animals are not allowed, except for recognized guide/helper dogs.
  • If a visitor/tenant wishes to place signage in the building, this should be done in consultation with the reception.
  • During an evacuation, leave the building immediately. Follow the instructions of emergency personnel and/or evacuation staff.
  • It is not allowed to bring and/or consume open food in the classrooms, halls, theater, and rehearsal spaces, etc. Eating is allowed – if available and in consultation with the receptionist and/or bar staff – in the stage area of the bar, in the entrance hall, or in the public courtyard.

General Terms and Conditions for Courses at Parnassos

  • By registering, you agree to the general terms and conditions and commit to paying the full course fee.
  • Courses are open to individuals aged 18 and above.
  • Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis up to the maximum number of participants per course.
  • In the event of force majeure preventing a course from taking place at Parnassos, the course may be canceled, continued online, or continued in an adjusted format. In such a situation, participants will be informed as soon as possible.
  • Participants can cancel a course registration up to four weeks before the start of the course, after which the course fee will be refunded. After this period, a refund is only possible if someone from the waiting list takes the spot or if the canceling participant arranges for a replacement.
  • Course fees will also be refunded in the case of rejection after an audition for one of the productions or if a course cannot proceed for organizational reasons. In the case of a prolonged injury or illness, the costs of missed lessons can be refunded. In this case, a statement or referral to a medical specialist or other supporting document is required.
  • The same rules apply to participants receiving private lessons. These participants are entitled to a refund of two-thirds of the course fee for missed lessons.
  • Parnassos reserves the right to cancel a course or make changes if there are insufficient registrations.
  • If you enroll in a course in tariff group 1 or 2, you must be able to present a student card, employee number, or a Friend’s Pass. A card check will take place during the first lesson.
  • Parnassos has an arrangement with several other universities in the Netherlands. Students studying at these universities are eligible for tariff 1. For a list of participating universities, please refer to Tariff Groups. If your university is not on this list, you are NOT eligible for this discount.
  • If your details and/or tariff group change, you must notify the course administration before re-enrolling in a course.
  • Comments, questions, and complaints about courses can be emailed to the course administration at Parnassos is not responsible for direct correspondence between you and the instructor.
  • For private lessons, a schedule is agreed upon for weekly or biweekly lessons. Agreed-upon times cannot be changed unless private schedules need to be altered for organizational reasons. If this is the case, the participant will be contacted (by phone or email) to establish a new time.
  • No rights can be derived from any (typographical) errors in the announced activities and prices. It is also possible that, due to the early compilation of the program, details regarding class day, time, and instructor may differ from what is published.
  • In case of canceled lessons, the course will be rescheduled before the end of the course program, which may result in the course extending by a few weeks.
  • If fewer participants than the minimum number enroll, the course may proceed with reduced lesson hours for the same price, by mutual agreement.
  • If a participant cannot attend a lesson, they must notify the reception by phone (030-2538448).
  • If entrance requirements (as stated on the website) are associated with a course and the instructor determines that the participant does not meet these requirements, Parnassos reserves the right to place the participant in another course. Any difference in course fees will be adjusted accordingly.
  • Participation in the courses is entirely at your own risk.
  • Participants are expected to observe general norms and values. Parnassos reserves the right to deny access to participants who, in our opinion, do not behave in accordance with these norms and values.
  • It is possible that photos may be taken during the courses or activities by a Parnassos photographer. These photos may be used for promotional purposes, such as a brochure, flyer, poster, website photos, etc. You will be informed about this before the course begins. The photographer will be clearly identifiable by a vest. Of course, you can inform the photographer on-site if you do not wish to be photographed. If you later wish to object to the taking or publication of photos in which you appear, you can send an email to

Rental and Cancellation Terms and Conditions

  • Small or one-time reservations (less than €100) are paid by card at the counter.
  • Taking an option is possible when the request is made at least 14 days before the reservation date. For this, the following applies: If another party is interested in the same room, the option will expire within 48 hours. The option holder will receive an email to convert the option into a final reservation in a timely manner.
  • It is not allowed to rent rooms for external courses or workshops.
  • The regular rooms are equipped with a piano, chairs, and a sound system. The multifunctional spaces are equipped with tables and chairs, a projector with a VGA connection, and a TV screen with an HDMI connection. You are responsible for further setup.
  • To comply with fire safety regulations and maintain our usage permit, it is not allowed to place furniture from the rooms in the hallway.
  • When leaving the room, you must stack chairs and place them against the wall. This also applies if they were not stacked when entering the room. You are expected to leave the space tidy. We will charge a cleaning fee of €50 for negligence.
  • The tenant must vacate the room at the agreed-upon time. The key(s) must be returned to the reception at the reserved end time.
  • Smoking, eating, cooking, or drinking are not allowed in the rooms.
  • Percussion, drums, and bagpipes are not allowed in the rooms, nor is amplified music, except for singing.
  • Between 11:00 PM and 7:00 AM, loading or unloading is not allowed at the request of the police and neighbors.
  • The tenant is responsible for the placement and connection of materials such as a projector, a small sound system, a flip chart, or musical instruments. Reserved materials must be picked up and returned by the tenant at the reception or from a designated location. The materials will not be set up and/or connected. We will charge an extra €10 for each device/instrument that remains. For chest organs and harpsichords, €25.
  • All rentals with commercial interests for one or more people are charged at the full rate (no discount is applied). In this case, the student percentage does not apply.
  • Confirmation will be sent by email and will show the room(s), price, and time. Only emails with this content can be considered confirmation.
  • Parnassos is located in an old, monumental building with interconnected wooden floors and half-brick partition walls. This means that tenants and users of the building may experience noise from each other. If the tenant has an activity where other sounds in the building are undesirable, the tenant can contact the management department to discuss the best option.
  • The pianos in the rooms are tuned according to a fixed schedule and at least four times a year. The tenant can request an extra tuning if they desire a recently tuned and pure piano. The costs are at least €80, depending on the timing of the tuning.
  • For a rental, the General Terms and Conditions (see above) and house rules of Parnassos apply.

Additional Bar Rental Terms

  • The bar must be rented for a minimum of three consecutive hours, unless it follows regular opening hours.
  • Closing time is no later than 2:00 a.m.
  • The bar can accommodate 120 people (65 seating places).
  • Bar staff only serve drinks at the bar, so there is no table service. Staff cannot be used as an extension of your own organization.
  • Glassware must not leave the bar (i.e., it should not be taken to the rooms).
  • Strict sound limitations apply in the bar: Amplified bands or DJ sets are not allowed unless the DJ set uses our amplification and limiter (82 dB).
  • When using the kitchen, the tenant must leave everything clean within the rental time. For catering, leftovers must be cleaned up or disposed of.
  • The furniture has a fixed arrangement. The tenant may change it at will and partly move it to another room (by appointment). At the end of the reservation, the tenant must return the furniture to its original fixed location.
  • In case of negligence, Parnassos may charge cleaning fees.
  • Own snacks are allowed but must be cleaned up by the tenant. Staff should not be inconvenienced.
  • In consultation with the bar, a self-selected caterer may deliver meals in the bar. You or the caterer must provide plates and cutlery.
  • Parnassos is not liable for damage or loss of your property.
  • Glassware from the bar may not be taken. We will charge for glasses that are found in the building after a rental or are missing.

Additional Theater Hall Rental Terms

  • Parnassos’ technical team must be informed of the content of the performance or event before the reservation date. Contact well before the reservation date. You can also contact this email address for special effects.
  • A Parnassos technician must always be present during the technical setup and the activity.
  • When using technical facilities, you must follow the instructions or guidance of the technician.
  • The tenant is responsible for ticket sales and public announcements through flyers or posters. Parnassos does not provide additional promotion services.
  • The use of open fire, fog, steam, and smoke is not allowed.
  • You may only use impregnated (fire-resistant) fabrics.
  • Food and beverages are prohibited in the hall.
  • Confetti, glitter, fake snow, and the like are not allowed.
  • Decor must be manageable and must not scratch the floor
  • Emergency exits must always be accessible.
  • Lifting according to ARBO standards is allowed.
  • Always use personal protective equipment.
  • Internet access is available. You can log in for free on the UU-visitor network.
  • The room must be left tidy; otherwise, we will charge cleaning fees.

Cancellation Terms and Conditions

Cancellation can only be done via email: Cancellation by phone is not valid.

Upon cancellation:Tenant pays:
2 weeks or more in advanceno cost
Between 1 and 2 weeks in advance50% of the rental cost
1 week or less in advance100% of the rental cost

Additional Bar Cancellation Terms

Upon cancellation:Tenant pays:
2 weeks or more in advanceno cost
Less than 2 weeks in advance50% of the rent or turnover guarantee
Less than one week in advance100% of the rent or turnover guarantee

Additional Theater Hall Technical Cancellation Terms

Upon cancellation:Tenant pays:
More than 1 month in advanceno cost
2 weeks to 1 month in advance50% of the estimated man-hours
48 hours to 2 weeks in advance75% of the estimated man-hours
48 hours or less in advance100% of the estimated man-hours

You can download the rental and cancellation terms here.

Terms and Conditions for Performances and Live Shows

For all visitors to the theater, bar, and live performances in the Parnassos Cultural Center building, the General Visitors’ Terms and Conditions (VSCD) (unfortunately this document is only available in Dutch) apply, along with the following conditions (where applicable).

Arrive on Time
The time on your ticket is the start time of the performance. Please ensure you are present at least 5 minutes before the start of the performance for ticket checks and seating. Latecomers may not be admitted to the performance. Often, you can still take your seat in the auditorium after the intermission. There will be no refund of admission fees.

Food and Beverages
Eating and drinking are not allowed in the theater hall.

Audio and Video Recordings
Audio and video recordings may be made during the performance. If this is the case, we will inform you before the start of the performance.

Mobile Phones
Please turn off your mobile phone and other telecommunication devices during the performance.

Age Restrictions for Children
Parnassos Cultural Center reserves the right to deny entry to young children for certain performances.

If the performance is canceled, you will receive a refund for the purchased tickets. In all other cases, there will be no refunds.

Parnassos Pass Terms and Conditions


Parnassos is the cultural center of Utrecht University, focused on the amateur practice of music, dance, theater, visual arts, and photography. (Former) students and employees of Utrecht University and HKU, as well as other interested parties, can make use of Parnassos’ practice rooms. Parnassos is located at Kruisstraat 201 in Utrecht.

Opening Hours
Monday to Friday: 09:30 AM – 11:30 PM
Saturday-Sunday: 10:00 AM – 05:30 PM
Parnassos is closed on public holidays, during the weeks around Christmas and New Year, and in the summer vacation (July and August). Additionally, Parnassos may have different opening hours or be closed for specific periods.

Practice Passes
There are two types of passes: the Monthly Pass and the Annual Pass. All passes provide access to the practice rooms (halls and piano cabins) at Parnassos.


Rate 1: Students from UU/HU/HKU/UvH
(+ a number of other universities)
Monthly Pass: 25 euros
Annual Pass: 80 euros
Rate 2: Employees and PhD students from UU/HU/HKU/UvH/UMC and UU alumni
with a Friend’s Pass
Monthly Pass: 37.50 euros
Annual Pass: 120 euros
Rate 3: OthersMonthly Pass: 50 euros
Annual Pass: 160 euros


View the list of participating universities for which we offer discounts under rate 1.

To be eligible for a discounted rate, you must possess:

  • Rate 1: Proof of enrollment at Utrecht University / HU / HKU / UvH
  • Rate 2: Proof of employment at UU / HU / HKU / UMC / UvH, last year’s student card, or a Friend’s Pass from the UU Alumni Fund (as listed above).

Parnassos Pass Usage Terms

For registration as a cardholder, a recent passport photo is required.
In case of loss of the pass, you can request a duplicate. The cost for this is €5.00.
The pass is personal and must be presented upon request by a staff member.
The cardholder should report changes in contact information (address/email/phone) to Parnassos.

The pass is valid from the moment of purchase for either a month or a year, depending on the chosen variant. In principle, it is not possible to suspend the pass during its validity period and/or receive a refund.

Access to the practice rooms

  • Practice rooms cannot be reserved. For possible room rentals, please contact the management department. Information on options and rates can be obtained on the website and at the reception.
  • After presenting your pass, the receptionist will provide you with the key to an available room.
  • The assigned practice room is available for a minimum of one hour.
  • If all rooms are occupied, the cardholder who has been practicing the longest must make way for a cardholder who has not yet played, after a minimum of 1 hour of practice. The receptionist will make this decision. Cardholders who have to make way for another cardholder have a waiting period of 30 minutes before they are entitled to a new room.
  • If you have to wait for a vacated room, you will be placed on the waiting list. Cardholders who have not yet played on that day will be given priority.
  • If you are placed on the waiting list and leave the building, all rights are forfeited. Upon returning, you must check in again and will be placed at the bottom of the waiting list.

Rules for the use of practice rooms

  • Leave the room as indicated in the instructions provided. If someone else has been negligent in this regard, please report it immediately to the reception.
  • Cardholders are not entitled to use the sound systems in the practice rooms. If desired, you can borrow a portable CD player at the reception.
  • Cardholders are not allowed to use the grand pianos. Grand pianos may only be used when renting the room. For possible room rentals, please contact the management department.
  • It is not allowed to tamper with the (pedals of) pianos or set them up as a so-called ‘prepared piano.’
  • Eating, drinking, or smoking is not allowed in the practice room, and placing food or drinks on the piano is prohibited.
  • Any cleaning costs due to excessive contamination will be charged to the cardholder, at the discretion of the Business and Creative Director of Parnassos or their deputy.
  • Changing practice rooms without consulting the receptionist is not allowed.
  • Taking keys outside the building is not allowed.
  • Creating a disturbance for other users of the building is not allowed.
  • Placing luggage or instrument cases on the instruments is not allowed.
  • The grand pianos in the large practice rooms are anchored and cannot be moved.
  • Percussion, drums, amplified music, or bagpipes are not allowed in the rooms. If there is an amplifier in the provided room, it may not be used. Self-brought amplification is also not allowed.
  • After use, lock the practice room, return the key to the reception, and retrieve your pass.
  • Costs incurred due to the loss of a key will be reimbursed by the cardholder.

Rules regarding guests

  • The cardholder may bring a maximum of 1 guest (without a pass) to the practice room. Guests must pay €2.50 at the reception.
  • The cardholder may bring 1 or more other cardholders to the practice room.
  • Bringing groups is only allowed if at least half of the group are cardholders, and the remaining group members pay the specified guest fees.

Teaching / Commercial Interests

  • It is not allowed for cardholders to teach or receive lessons, whether paid or unpaid.
  • If it becomes evident that the cardholder is pursuing commercial interests, Parnassos will charge fees according to the highest rental rate as listed in Parnassos’ room rental price list.
  • In case of a disagreement regarding the presence of commercial interests, the Business and Creative Director of Parnassos or their substitute will make the decision.

Confiscation of the Card

  • The cardholder is required to adhere to these terms and conditions. The Business and Creative Director of Parnassos or their substitute has the authority to confiscate the card in case of violations of the above articles.
  • In case of a violation of these conditions, for minor violations, the receptionist will punch a hole in the card. On the third hole, the card will be confiscated and invalidated. Parnassos reserves the right to confiscate the card at any time for serious violations, regardless of the number of holes in the card.

Other Conditions

In cases not covered by these terms and conditions, the Business and Creative Director of Parnassos or their substitute will make the decision.