Inspiring, educational, sociable.

Run by its members for its members, you’ll meet people with common interests while you learn something new, share your knowledge, improve your fitness and enhance your life.

Our courses are held during the day. Membership is open to everyone who is not or no longer in full-time employment.

It's easy to join

To join U3AC and/or enrol for courses simply fill in the online application form, pay the annual subscription (2020-21: £82) plus any additional course fee as shown in the Programme of Courses, plus the enrolment fee of £5 for new members.

As course allocation has taken place for 2020-21, please consult the Vacancy List to see which courses still have places.

You can also join U3AC by completing a paper form – please contact the Office by email or call 01223 321587 to request one.

When you have received your confirmation letter and U3AC membership card you may start to attend courses.

Note: A Discretionary Fund is available for members in receipt of pension credit who would find it difficult to pay the full amount. To qualify for the reduced subscription of £10, contact the Office with evidence of entitlement.


What does the annual subscription include?

The annual membership subscription contributes to the administration and accommodation costs of U3AC.  It is not a payment for classes, lectures or activities. Members can attend the Wednesday lectures and the Norah Boyce science lectures (space permitting), apply for up to 6 classes and apply for visits arranged throughout the year.

How do I get a Programme of Courses?

You can download a pdf of the Programme from the link below.

To request a printed copy of the Programme, or to make enquiries, please contact the U3AC Office by email or call 01223 321587.

Download the Programme of Courses 2020-21


Can I join at any time?

Yes, of course, you are welcome to join at any time during the year. Once course allocation has taken place in August some courses become full; it is best to contact us about vacancies before actually applying.

Download the list of courses with vacancies [available Sept]

When is the best time to join?

The best time to join us is the end of June – when the annual Programme of Courses is published.

Our members enjoy

Courses and activities

Our Programme of Courses 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. Classes are planned and delivered by our members, with support from a central team and our Office staff.



U3AC runs two lecture series during the year. Every Wednesday afternoon in term there’s a lecture on a general topic – it could be environmental, historical, political or social. The Norah Boyce Science Lectures are held 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 throughout the year. Our Cycling Club offers rides of varying lengths and speeds while our Film Group presents screenings in a Cambridge cinema.


Local discounts

Several local shops and cafés offer special discounts to U3AC members on presentation of their membership card. Many of these display a U3AC logo in their window. Click to see the full list of participating businesses, and the discount offered by each.