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Being challenged is what this society is all about

Be part of history when you become a member of The Cambridge Union, the world oldest debate society and largest society in Cambridge. Watch live debates, receive discount at The Orator and much more...

Access to live debates and guest speakers

Membership of the Cambridge Union Society entitles you to various discounts and offers with The Orator and local businesses and access to all events in the Union including debates, speakers and social events.

Never miss a debate with live streaming

Can’t make a debate? Members get exclusive access to the membership area of the website which includes our live streaming service.

Exclusive discount at
The Orator bar & restaurant

Your Union bar and restaurant, The Orator is a central hub of activity 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. Your membership also entitles you 20% discount so be sure to check it out.

Check out what The Orator has to offer:

A place for study and reflection

The Keynes Library is open Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm and is a great place to study. The room boasts high ceilings and a view onto the Union’s garden courtyard. Please ensure you check in with reception upon arrival as the room is sometimes in use for private events.

Special offers and rates
on room hire

Your membership entitles you to discounts on room hire. The Union offers flexible facilities and a number of different spaces suitable for small meetings through to large conferences, weddings, dinners and more.

Our onsite event management team are always happy to help.

Defend the right for free speech

Being part of the Cambridge Union. Only life members have voting rights to the society, ability to stand for election to any Committee and access to use Student lounges and offices.

Rebel children, I urge you, fight the turgid slick of conformity with which they seek to smother your glory.

Russell Brand – Union Speaker 2014

Now in the twenty-first century we have the chance to create a better situation. Problems won’t disappear, they may increase, but adopting a peaceful approach means that we will address them by non-violent means. We need the confidence that comes from having truth on your side; it is powerful support.

Dalai Lama – Union Speaker 2013

The fact that we humans, who are ourselves mere collections of fundamental particles of nature, have been able to come this close to an understanding of the laws governing us and our universe is a great triumph.

Stephen Hawking – Union Speaker 2017

An original idea. That can't be too hard. The library must be full of them.

Stephen Fry – Union Speaker 2020
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Explore your new home

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.

First Floor

Ground Floor


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.

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