Prices and Financial Support

Membership Categories

All students of the University of Cambridge, Anglia Ruskin University, the BPP Law School Cambridge and the Judge Business School, as well as Friends of the Union, are eligible for membership. If you go to another educational institution, you may join as an online member.

Membership is non-refundable.


  • LIFE Membership - £160 until October 16th, 2020 and £180 thereafter  Life Membership really is membership for LIFE!  You are eligible to: enter the ballot for a free Freshers' Ball ticket (this would usually have been held in the Michaelmas term for those who have joined between July and 1st week of October of that academic year, but due to COVID-19, the ball will be postponed indefinitely until it is safe to hold such events); 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 - £110  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 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 b) 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. 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 - £55/£90 |  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 (£55) or two-term (£90) membership. You will need to bring proof of your status as a visiting student in order to take advantage of this. 
    • ONLINE Membership - £30 |   is only available to students who are not eligible for the above categories. If you are a student at another University anywhere in the world, this is the membership for you.  This membership entitles you to access the Live Streamed events online  you cannot attend any member event in person.

    If you have any questions please email the Membership Officers at Alternatively, you can contact us via

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