From its small beginnings as a debating society, the Cambridge Union now has over 70,000 life members worldwide. Now the oldest debating society in the world, and the largest student society in Cambridge, the Union remains a unique forum for the free exchange of ideas and the art of public debate.
In the past the Society has hosted such great figures as Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt 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.
The Union has a host of famous former students, debaters and officers. From John Maynard Keynes and Ken Clarke MP to Arianna Huffington and Claire Balding, some of the great figures of our time had a crucial part of their Cambridge experience at the Union, and the society continues to produce many exceptionally successful professionals and politicians.
Defending Free Debate since 1815
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CUS Membership has many benefits...
Become a member of Cambridge's largest student society to see world class speakers and debates, as well as many other benefits for just £199 for life membership.
Membership is open to all current and former students and staff of the University of Cambridge, the Judge Business School, BPP Law School (Cambridge) and Anglia Ruskin University. Any student around the world can become an online member for just £30 a year.
As well as world class debates, we offer debating skills workshops, dinners and social events, numerous discounts, etc. Learn more about the benefits of joining Cambridge’s largest student society - today!