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Defending free
speech since 1815

Welcome to The Cambridge Union, a unique members club set in the heart of the city of Cambridge. Over the years The Union has hosted some of the greatest speakers in the world such as Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt and recently President Zelensky, its part of history.
Previously a members only facility, The Union has opened its doors to the wider public, where you can book events, eat and drink, inside or out and even become an open member for the opportunity to join the famous debates.

Coming up...

Debate

Open To The Public

This House Has No Confidence In His Majesty’s Government

Thursday 6th October
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Student Social

Open To The Public

Union Tours

Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th October
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Don’t pretend that this world is equal – it’s not. The question is: What are you going to do about it?

– Dame Emma Thompson,  Union Speaker 2017

Debate

Open To The Public

This House Would Nationalise the Grid

Thursday 13th October
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Student Social

Open To The Public

Meet The Committee Social

Friday 14th October
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Become a
member today.

Join Cambridge’s largest student society today for the opportunity to see world-class speakers and debaters as well as many other member benefits.

Spirited Dining
and Debate

Join us for food and drinks in our newly refurnished stunning bar and retaurant, The Orator. Whether you are looking for a light bite, a place to relax with friends or dinner. Our friendly team are here help. 

Rebel children, I urge you, fight the turgid slick of conformity with which they seek to smother your glory.

Russell Brand – Union Speaker 2014

Now in the twenty-first century we have the chance to create a better situation. Problems won’t disappear, they may increase, but adopting a peaceful approach means that we will address them by non-violent means. We need the confidence that comes from having truth on your side; it is powerful support.

Dalai Lama – Union Speaker 2013

The fact that we humans, who are ourselves mere collections of fundamental particles of nature, have been able to come this close to an understanding of the laws governing us and our universe is a great triumph.

Stephen Hawking – Union Speaker 2017

An original idea. That can't be too hard. The library must be full of them.

Stephen Fry – Union Speaker 2020

Celebrate in
historic style.

Ever wondered how to bring a different dimension to your event? How about resetting discussions into a historic setting. Our venue can offer a range of spaces for large scale conferences or dinners with plenty of break out rooms. Our experienced team offer onsite event management and AV support.

Our Sponsors

The Cambridge Union have a whole host of opportunities to partner with us and to sponsor activities.
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Walk in the footsteps of some of histories greatest minds. The Union has come a long way since its origins as a private members’ club. With over half the student population of Cambridge holding life membership, the Society is now at the heart of the Cambridge experience.

In the past the Society has hosted such great figures as Bill Gates, Stephen Hawkins and the current Dalai Lama, and it continues to provide Cambridge students with the opportunity to meet and question the people that shape our world, and has grown into the central forum for student discussion in Cambridge. 

Our public debates and guest speakers continue to generate passionate student engagement, and our university and school debating competitions remain the largest and most prestigious in the country, operating in over 16 countries worldwide.

Be part of
The Union.

For the members of the public who wish to support The Union and gain access to selected events.

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