On this page you can find some tips for students, employees, and everyone else on how to live a little more sustainably in Olomouc. Don’t forget to keep an eye on the planned events on the Sustainable University homepage – or contact us directly and we’ll find a way for you to get involved.


Free Food UPOL is a public Facebook group offering UP students and staff the opportunity to share food. It aims to reduce food waste and loss. Members of the group can offer any food they would otherwise throw away. Those interested in sharing food usually respond within a few minutes. Even food with a short shelf life or a spare portion of dinner can be used.

Online UP Marketplace


Just as at home, where there are always items no longer needed but would be a shame to toss out, so too at the university. The online UP Marketplace should help find new owners for such items, exchanging university property between workplaces and private property between students and employees. Its aim is to reduce waste, rubbish, and needless purchasing of new items by offering a safe environment in its own application connected to university accounts.

Václavka Community Garden

The Václavka Community Garden was established by the Sustainable Palacký Association at the end of the 2015/2016 academic year. It is located in the atrium of the Bedřich Václavek dormitory and is the first student community garden in the Czech Republic. Its main goal is to show that food can be grown in the city. Students can pick various herbs for tea or cooking, as well as vegetables. Direct experience with growing is rare today, nonetheless very important. Another goal of the garden is to strengthen and liven up the student community. Thanks to the garden and several other improvements in the premises, the atrium has become a popular place to meet, relax, barbecue, and study. During the academic year, the Sustainable Palacký Association also organises various events in the Václavka garden, such as student breakfasts, concerts, and the popular Christmas Punch. The project was realised in cooperation with UP Accommodation and Dining.

Sustainable Olomouc Map

Palacký University students of the Master’s programme in Andragogy came up with the idea to create an Ecomap. They became aware of an abundance of businesses offering alternatives to consumer goods in Olomouc, so they deemed it useful to create a platform that would help people to find their way around. On the map you will find packaging-free shops, second-hand shops including bookshops, as well as marketplaces and local food shops.


You’ve certainly been there: throat dry as the Sahara desert, you took the water bottle out of your backpack. Not a drop left. What could you do? You walked into a couple of restaurants and cafés nearby, but when asked if they could refill your bottle, the answer was always, “No, we can’t do that.” At that point you had no choice but to go and buy yet another plastic bottle of water. However, with each additional bottle purchased, more and more waste is being generated. The Sustainable Palacký Association decided to do something about it, and created the Re:Fill project as part of the competition called University to City. The project’s aim is to find and mark the places where you can have your water bottle refilled. Today, the project includes not only businesses in Olomouc but all over the Czech Republic. You can find them on this map or in the streets of your city, where all you have to do is look for the drop-shaped sticker on the doors of the businesses. One of them is the university shop UPoint on Olomouc’s Upper Square.

Returnable boxes in canteens

REkrabička – returnable containers that can be used up to 400 times to replace the same number of disposable containers – are available in all UP canteens. The box must be pre-ordered along with the meal in the Kredit web or mobile app [as Vratný obal na jídlo]. It is possible to return the box and get back the deposit of 80 CZK at the cash desk of the canteen (SKM) or FreshUPs, as well as at all other REkrabička partner locations. The box is made of highly durable and 100% recyclable polypropylene and also includes a sealing cap. You can safely heat food in it in the microwave (without the lid and on medium) or wash it in the dishwasher. It is manufactured in the Czech Republic.

Returnable cup in FreshUPs

A system of returnable takeaway cups is currently in place at all FreshUP bistro locations. And how does it work in practice? In the bistro, you ask for your coffee in a back-up cup. You pay a refundable deposit of 50 CZK. You can enjoy your coffee, lemonade or ice cream in it. After use, you just return the cup to any FreshUP and collect your deposit back.

Life without cars

Living in Olomouc has many advantages. One of them is undoubtedly the fact that everything is relatively close and you can get around comfortably without a car. While there are some disadvantages to this lifestyle, there are also many advantages, although some may not be obvious at first glance. Therefore, since 2017, a team from the Department of Psychology at the UP Faculty of Arts has been conducting research to investigate what factors influence the choice of transport mode, transport habits, and thus even the lives of citizens of Olomouc and the surrounding area. Why do we sometimes choose to ride a bike and sometimes to drive a car? How can we encourage more sustainable modes of transport such as walking, cycling, and public transport? Why does the habit of using the car even for short distances in fact limit our freedom? For answers to these questions and tips on how to live without a car, visit the research website.

Olomouc Sorts Waste

Are you wondering where to throw away a torn T-shirt or a bagful of beer cans in Olomouc? Are you curious where all that carefully sorted waste goes next? Then visit the portal Olomouc Sorts Waste, where you can find all the information (in Czech) about waste management in Olomouc, especially about where to take different types of waste, which Saturdays are scheduled for bulky waste collection, or what kind of waste is hazardous and should be taken to recycling sites. The portal also includes a map of how waste is transported, a brochure on waste management, and a series of spots called "The Wasters".


In addition to the Václavka Community Garden, there are other opportunities in Olomouc where you can grow your own fruits and vegetables and meet like-minded people. One of them is Za()hrada a/k/a Gard()den – a community garden at 26 Pekární Street by the gate of the openair cinema. A few years ago, this garden injected life into a previously unused space at Olomouc’s historic ramparts, and since then it has also hosted lectures, workshops, screenings, and other social events that seek to connect environmental thinking, arts, and activism. If you want to join this collective of gardeners, one of the raised beds can be yours.

Bike (and scooter) sharing

If you don’t want to buy a cheap bike in one of Olomouc’s secondhand shops, you can take the path of shared micromobility. Shared bikes are offered by Nextbike, scooters by Eagle, Bolt, and Lime. You can use them all year long and not only around campus. Just remember to be considerate of pedestrians and follow the traffic rules. You can brush up on both in the Five Rules of Good Driving.

Thanks to the long-term cooperation with our partners, UP students and employees have the following advantages:

Try Nextbike shared bikes

Cleaner air, better physical fitness or financial and often time savings – these are just some of the benefits of sustainable mobility. Thanks to the cooperation between UP and Nextbike, students and staff can now use shared bikes under more favourable conditions. You can saddle up not only in Olomouc, but also in many other cities across the country and Europe.

As with mobile phones, there are two basic ways to pay for bike rental. Either you activate a monthly or yearly subscription, which gives you 30 free minutes for each ride (the daily limit is 20 rentals; if you exceed the length of the rental or their limit, you continue to pay according to the price list). The other option is to top up your credit and pay for individual rides according to their duration (in Olomouc, 30 minutes currently costs CZK 25).

Employees can find more detailed information in the benefits overview, where a discount code is available after logging in, thanks to which you can pay a discounted price of CZK 599 for an annual subscription or CZK 129 for a monthly subscription. In addition, when you register with your university email, a credit of 100 CZK is automatically charged, so you can try out a few individual rides first and decide which option to use.

For students, there is also a discount code for an annual subscription for a discounted CZK 599. Monthly fares for CZK 129 can be activated by entering a valid ISIC number. Also, students will receive a 100 CZK credit for registering via the university email address (@upol.cz) to start.

In Olomouc, 200 shared bikes can currently be rented at more than 155 stations. Everything about how to ride a bike share, where the stations are located and how to ride safely and responsibly can be found on the Nextbike website.

Environmental organisations in Olomouc

If you want to get actively involved in nature conservation, either in Olomouc or in its surroundings, you can become a member of one of the local organisations that operate in this area:

ČSOP Arion is an organisation under the Czech Union for Nature Conservation, which operates in the Olomouc and Pardubice regions. Its mission is to protect and restore natural and cultural heritage, to promote environmental education, and to raise public awareness. You can give them a donation (financial or material), become a volunteer, a member, inform them of endangered species and sites in your area, or even buy a birdhouse

Hnutí DUHA (The Rainbow Movement) – Olomouc local group is one of the eight branches of the national environmental organisation Hnutí DUHA. It operates in the Olomouc, Zlín, and Moravian-Silesian regions. It deals, among other things, with the protection of the landscape, urban greenery, and large animal predators. The movement welcomes both financial support and new volunteers.

Volunteering and Blood Donation

Sustainability relates to nature and environmental protection as well as to social issues and responsible living in society. Therefore, we should strive to provide equal opportunities for all, to care for the community, and to help those around us. How? You can volunteer through the UP Volunteering Centre and help others not only at the university but also in partner organisations. You can donate your free time – but you can also donate your blood. In cooperation with University Hospital Olomouc we encourage you to do so within the campaigns Donate Blood with the Rector and Roll Up Your Sleeve.


Are you struggling with personal, academic, work-related or other problems and do you feel the need to address them? At Palacký University, you can turn to counselling services, where experts from various departments and faculties will offer you professional and discreet help. Depending on the nature of their difficulties, students and employees of Palacký University can choose from several professional and specialized workplaces that focus on helping with both short-term and long-term difficulties. Their summary is summarised on the website upol.cz/counselling.

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