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Defending free
speech since 1815

Welcome to The Cambridge Union, a unique institution at the heart of Cambridge University. Over the years the Union has hosted some of the greatest figures in the world, such as Robert DeNiro, Ronald Reagan and Nancy Pelosi - we are part of history.

At our heart a members’ society, the Union has opened its doors to the wider public and all can now book events, eat and drink, or even become an open member for the opportunity to join the debate.

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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

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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 refurbished stunning bar and restaurant, The Orator. Whether you are looking for a light bite, a place to relax with friends, or a larger meal. Our friendly team is here to help.

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 available. Our experienced team offers 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.
 Get in touch to find out more.

Walk in the footsteps of some of history's 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 Hawking and the current Dalai Lama. It continues to provide Cambridge students with the opportunity to meet and question the people that shape our world, having 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 amongst the largest and most prestigious in the world, operating in over 16 countries.

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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