The lounge is reopening – provided that your event has a permit from ETH.

All events (including those taking place at the VAC Lounge) require a permit. You may book the lounge tentatively, but need to have received your permit prior to the event taking place. If you cannot provide a permit by ETH by the time your event is taking place, you cannot use the VAC lounge.

All information may be found here: Factsheet: COVID-19 requirements for events, Link to permits at ETH

Events at the lounge will require a permit, but you no longer need to submit a formal safety protocol. However, if guests plan not to be seated, COVID certificates are required. Checking certificates and having a contact list is the responsibility of the event organizer.


On top of the 2nd finger of the HCI building, the VAC has had a Lounge installed.

In summer, it is ideal for all kinds of aperos, e.g. after PhD defenses. It can be booked by any person from the D-CHAB. To check the availability of the lounge, have a look at the calendar (We try to update this as often as possible, but it can happen that the most recent reservations are not yet up-to-date).


To book the VAC Lounge, first contact our loungemaster to set a tentative date for the reservation. Next, fill in the form available online (search for “Anlässe” and use the form “Veranstaltungen”) to obtain the permission from ETH Immobilien to stay at the VAC Lounge. There are two forms – please choose “Kleinanlässe“. All events currently require an additional permit from ETH and a protection concept. Once you have obtained this permission, contact our loungemaster to confirm your booking and to make sure you can receive the keys.

The rent of the lounge costs 30 CHF and there is a deposit of 200 CHF to give when you receive the keys from us.

Included in the rent is the use of the BBQ (gas is provided). The Blockrocker speakers are available upon request.
Please note: Wednesdays are often booked for PhD defense Aperos. We recommend scheduling you events for other days to avoid conflicts. Back-up reservations in case of bad weather cannot be guaranteed and are at the discretion of the Loungemaster.



In short: if you’d like to rent the lounge – have a look in the calendar and contact our Loungemaster.