Prices and Financial Support

Membership Categories

All students (past and present) and current members of staff of the University of Cambridge, Anglia Ruskin University, the BPP Law School Cambridge and the Judge Business School, are eligible for membership.

Friends of the Union memberships for The Cambridge Union Society, are available to non-Cambridge students who are either resident in the CB postcode area or can support us in a corporate or private equity capacity. (Please see our Friends of the Union page under "Membership" for details).

Membership is non-refundable.


  • LIFE Membership - £185 (discounted from £200 for early bird sign ups)   Life Membership really is membership for LIFE!  You are eligible to: enter the ballot for a free Freshers' Ball ticket to be held on 24th October; attend all the debates and Union hosted speaker events free of charge; watch the live stream of any of our events; attend debate workshops free of charge; represent the Union in debating competitions; get involved in the running of the Union and its events; take part in the social aspect of being a member and the networking opportunities that the Union has to offer; take advantage of member discounts, and more.
  • ANNUAL Membership - £120  Annual Membership offers membership for a year, During the year, you have the option to upgrade to lifetime membership by paying the difference. This opportunity expires at the end of your year. Annual members are NOT eligible for a freshers' ball ticket.
  • ACCESS Membership - £115  Access membership offers you all the same perks as life membership but at a discount. Any undergraduate student in receipt of a Cambridge University Bursary or Anglia Ruskin University Bursary is eligible to apply for access membership. Within our Access membership, we offer three tiers of discount which are household income dependent.

    Please see our eligibility criteria below: 

    Full Discount - £115 for Life Membership. Available to any student whose household income is below £25,000.

    2/3 Discount - £135 for Life Membership. Available to any student whose household income is between £25,001 and £33,750.

    1/3 Discount - £155 for Life Membership. Available to any student whose household income is between £33,751 and £42,620. 

    Please note that we will require proof of eligibility before issuing Access Membership . As proof we accept either a) a letter of entitlement from the University of Cambridge or Anglia Ruskin University stating the value of your Bursary, or b) a letter of entitlement from Student Finance England stating the value of your Maintenance Loan.

    Because maintenance loans for postgraduate students are not means tested, we cannot assess the eligibility of postgraduates for our bursary scheme. For this reason, we are unable to extend our bursary scheme to postgraduate students at present.

    We will review the relevant documents when you come to collect your membership card. You may then be asked to pay the difference in person, depending on whether or not you fall into the two higher income brackets (£135, £155).

  • VISITING Student Membership - £65/£100 |  If you are a visiting student, keen to get involved in the Society for the time that you are at Cambridge, simply go to The Cambridge Union's Main Office (9A Bridge Street, CB2 1UB) in order to sign up for a one (£65) or two-term (£100) membership. You will need to bring proof of your status as a visiting student in order to take advantage of this. 
  • If you have any questions please email the Membership Secretary at

    For a full breakdown of what is available within each category of membership, please see the Constitution