Sustainability is one of the most important buzzwords to emerge over the last decades, but what does it actually mean? Living sustainably relates to the environment, our ecology, thinking about the future and our own lifestyles.

The KEI Foundation is aiming to organise the KEI-week as sustainable as possible. Besides the events, we also try to be sustainable in the preparation. For example, we try to print as little paper as possible at our office.

A couple of more examples:

  • Promoting cycling as the most sustainable mode of transport.
  • The beer on offer during the KEI-week is Grolsch, one of the most sustainably brewed beers on earth.
  • Soft drinks are served by Vrumona, who also pays attention to sustainability.
  • The cars used by the treasurers and Executive Board during the KEI-week are hybrid.
  • All t-shirts for KEI-crew and KEI-lopers are printed by P&P. This company is famed for its sustainability.
  • The picnic packets for the KEI-picknick contain as many organic products as possible.
  • The first day of the KEI-week revolves around Meatless Monday. We try to motivate everyone who participates or contributes during the KEI-week to eat vegetarian.

However, Monday is not the only day related to sustainability! During the week, there will be various events, such as ‘sustainable Thursday’ and the Green Corner at Open Air Festival. There will be workshops on sustainability for students, to show you that living sustainably is a lot easier than you’d think.


  • UMEF certification for sustainable events (2014)
  • Green Key certification, level Gold (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)


  • Public price for most sustainable introduction stunt 2015
  • Most Effective Sustainable Introduction stunt 2014


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Frequently asked questions for KEI-lopers

When is the KEI-office open during the KEI-week?

During the KEI-week the KEI-office (Pelsterstraat 23, near the Vismarkt) is open at the following times:


Monday: 09:00-19:00

Tuesday: 09:00-18:00

Wednesday: 10:00-17:00 (contactable till 18:00 on whatsapp)

Thursday: 10:00-17:00 (contactable till 18:00 on whatsapp)

Friday: 10:00-16:00 (contactable till 18:00 on whatsapp)

What does the KEI-week have to offer?

During the KEI-week you get to know all the different aspects of Groningen. The KEI-week provides general information about renting a room student grants. You can also get in touch with sports organizations, student societies and other sorts of associations. Besides all this, there will be a lot of festivities and activities which you can participate in.

Can the KEI-week be seen as an initiation?

No, not at all! You should see the KEI-week primarily as something that is just fun to do. It is a week full of information. Signing up for the KEI-week does not mean you are obligated to participate in the online events. You are free to join the events you like.

Is it possible for me to change KEI-groups during the KEI-week?

Yes it is. If you want to change your KEI-group for any reason you can contact the OFFICE-crew. To do so, you can call them (050 363 80 90), email them ( or contact them via Whatsapp (+31 6 4422 6680).

If you have found another group which you think is more fun or suits you better? Thats also possible, you’ll will have to contact the OFFICE-crew about your replacement. This is important because we need to know which group you’re a part of in case of an emergency.

What does ‘KEI’ stand for?

KEI stands for “Kommissie Eerstejaars Introduktie” , which can be translated as “The commission for the introduction of first-year students”. The KEI-week is the general introduction week for all incoming higher education students, both at the University of Groningen and the Hanze University of Applied Sciences. The KEI-week is the oldest, largest and cheapest introduction week in the Netherlands.

When does the KEI-week takes place?

The KEI-week 2021 takes place from 16th until the 20th of August!