Defending Free Speech Since 1815...

From its small beginnings as a debating society, the Cambridge Union now has over 70,000 life members worldwide. Now the oldest debating society in the world, and the largest student society in Cambridge, the Union remains a unique forum for the free exchange of ideas and the art of public debate.

The Union Society is proud of our long and extensive tradition of hosting prominent figures from all areas of public life, including the Dalai Lama, President Ronald Reagan, Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking, Prime Ministers Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher, and John Major.



The Lent 2021 Committee are currently in the process of crafting an exciting line-up of speakers and debates. We will be updating the website with confirmed events and will release the Term Card for the beginning of term.


The Cambridge Union is working hard to ensure that our members can enjoy the Lent Term safely in line with whatever the current social-distancing guidelines will be. We are monitoring the situation very closely and will be alerting our members to our COVID-19 related policies once Term begins. Head over to our YouTube Channel to get an insight into the stimulating discussions we have been having during 2020.