Welcome to the University of the Third Age in Cambridge

Inspiring, Educational, Sociable.


Applications received by 1 August will be included in the automatic course allocation. Allocation letters will be sent in September, ready for the 2024 Autumn term.


Our members enjoy:

Courses and activities

Our Programme contains over 300 practical and academic courses on the arts, languages, literature, history, science and technology, and world matters. We schedule leisure activities and fitness classes, organise walks and make music together.


U3AC runs two lecture series during term-time. The Wednesday afternoon lecture is on a general topic – it could be environmental, historical, political or social. The Norah Boyce Science Lectures are on alternate Tuesdays in the Autumn and Spring Terms: their strapline is ‘Science for everyone’.

Trips and social events

We hold a welcome meeting for new members, a buffet lunch in the New Year, and arrange summer garden parties in members’ gardens. The Cultural and Social Activities Committee organises trips to theatres, museums and places of interest; our Cycling club offers varied rides; our Film group holds screenings in the Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge.

Local discounts

Several local shops and businesses offer discounts to U3AC members on presentation of their membership card.

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Could you run a course?

Do you have a passion, knowledge or experience that you could share?


Find out more about running a course

We are always looking for members who are willing to run a course – it could be a formal classroom-based session, a discussion group, a programme of activities or a series of presentations.

Our Courses Committee provides advice and support for potential tutors, from designing the course to delivering it, and if you want to use the audio-visual equipment our Office staff will be on hand to help with any problems.

If you might be interested, please contact the Office on office@u3ac.org.uk or call 01223 321587.