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 huge amount to offer everyone whether you are a student or member of the public, so make sure you don’t miss out.
All current and former students and staff of the University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University, Judge Business School and the BPP Law School are eligible to join. There are four types of membership available to buy:
This is the same as the life membership, but offered at lower rate for those in receipt of Cambridge University Bursary or Anglia Ruskin University Bursary. From £130, we offer three tiers of discount, depending on household income.
Designed to provide access to interested members of the public who wish to support The Union and gain access to selected events and discounts for one year.
Membership of the Cambridge Union Society entitles you to various discounts and offers with The Orator as well access to all events in the Union including debates, speakers and social events.
Benefits also include exclusive access to the membership area of the website which includes our live streaming service. Life members have voting rights to the society as well as the option to stand for election.
With the Cellars recently refurbished, the Union has become a central venue for hosting a wide variety of events. From historic rooms to newly refurbished cellar bar, rooms can be booked at a discounted rate by Union members. For more information on room bookings please get in touch.
The Cambridge Union Society9a Bridge StreetCambridge CB2 1UBEngland
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*Memberships are also available to buy at reception.
We offer three tiers of discount, depending on household income. These are:
Full Discount: £130. Available to any student with a household income below £25,000.
2/3 Discount: £150. Available to any student with a household income between £25,001 and £33,750
1/3 Discount: £170. Available to any student with a household income between £33,751 and £42,620
Please note that we will require proof of eligibility before issuing an access membership. We accept either a letter of entitlement from the University of Cambridge or Anglia Ruskin University stating the value of your bursary, or a letter of entitlement from Student Finance England stating the value of your maintenance loan. We will review the relevant documents when you come to collect your membership card. If you fall into the two higher income brackets (£150 or £170), you may then be asked to pay the difference in person.
Note: if you think you may be eligible for access membership, select this, rather than life membership, when joining –as refunds for membership cannot be given.
Open Membership is designed to provide access to interested members of the public who wish to support the Union and gain access to selected events and costs £250 per annum.