The Cambridge Union's building is hidden away in the centre of Cambridge. The beautiful Waterhouse structure is set back from the road behind the famous Round Church with a secluded garden leading to our main entrance. With the Chamber recently refurbished to a high standard the Union has become an easily accessible, central venue for hosting a wide variety of events and conferences. Our rooms are supplied with free Wi-Fi. Rooms can be booked at a discounted rate by Union members who are currently also members of Cambridge or Anglia Ruskin universities, terms and conditions apply for more information please get in touch.
The Union has a snooker table within the Keynes Library (TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED due to major refurbishment works), which members can use absolutely FREE. You will need to sign out balls and cues from the 1815 Bar and Cafe. As a member you can admit guest entry to non-members for the purposes of playing snooker with them. Please bring your Union membership card to sign for the snooker equipment.
The following is a brief description of each of the major rooms currently in use:
This is the Society's most famous room and, in addition to the weekly debates every Thursday, it hosts a variety of Society events. The balcony displays crests of all of the Cambridge colleges and the stained glass windows feature images of both the Society's crest and the year '1866', the year the original building was opened. The walls are decorated with photos and drawings of notable former officers of the Society.
Now open to the public, this is a central hub of activity in the building on most evenings with events taking place throughout the week and is a beautiful place to sit and work (wi-fi is free) or just chat with friends.
Keynes Library and Fairfax Rhodes Reading RoomCURRENTLY OUT OF COMMISSION FOR THE REFURBISHMENT PROJECT
The South Wing of the Library features a curved ceiling and early 20th century design features, while the North Wing of the library, known as the Fairfax Rhodes Reading Room, features exposed ceiling beams and a balcony overlooking Round Church Street. Whilst the South Wing was severely damaged by a bomb during WWII, subsequent restoration works have restored this space to now be a wonderful serene study area to sit and read in. A great place for members for study or enjoy a quiet space to read. Open Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm.
Dining RoomCURRENTLY OUT OF COMMISSION FOR THE REFURBISHMENT PROJECT
The Dining Room is usually the location for pre-debate dinners and other formal entertaining events. The walls are decorated with photos of old Standing Committees. Before the building's expansion, the spaces now occupied by the Dining Room and the Mountbatten Room were occupied by one larger room.
Mountbatten RoomCURRENTLY OUT OF COMMISSION FOR THE REFURBISHMENT PROJECT
This room is named in honour of former Standing Committee member The Right Honourable The Earl Mountbatten of Burma. The room is used as a general lounge and meeting room and is typically stocked with current newspapers. Before the building's expansion, the spaces now occupied by the Dining Room and the Mountbatten Room were occupied by one larger room.
For over a hundred years this was the Chief Clerk's Office. However, now it is primarily used by the President and his or her team. The room is also often used as a formal reception room and other members of the Standing Committee also work here.
Blue RoomCURRENTLY OUT OF COMMISSION FOR THE REFURBISHMENT PROJECT
This room once served as the Society's public dining room and now serves as a general function room or as an additional overflow space from the adjacent bar.
Named in honour of John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, this room is used as a general meeting space and previously served as the Society's dining room.
The Snooker Room once served as the reference room for the Library but is now largely used as a meeting room.