u3a - Join

Thank you for visiting the U3A Website. Here are some things you may want to know about us….

What is U3A?
U3A is a UK wide, cooperative movement of Third Agers who come together to continue their educational, social and creative interests in a friendly and informal environment.




What is you Third Age?
The Third Age is defined as when you are no longer in full time work (retired or semi-retired)

How does it work?
Each of the more than 1,000 u3as in the country is a charity in its own right. Each u3a hosts many interest groups chosen and run by the members, for the members. The subjects are wide-ranging from Architecture and Biology to Yoga and Zoology with every topic you can think of in between. There are at least 10,000+ U3A interest groups taking place in the UK every week.

What do we do?
Members help each other in their learning groups and form strong and meaningful relationships together with a sense of community, social wellbeing, fellowship and belonging. 



Do I need qualifications to join?
No it’s completely relaxed. It’s about the joy of pursuing interests and learning together.

What advantages are there from being part of U3A?
The major advantage is enjoying new interests and making great friends in a relaxed environment. In recent research, our members reported amongst other things feeling supported in new communities when they moved house, learning new skills, feeling valued and enjoying life.



How do I join?
You need to join the U3A nearest to you. You can find that by going HERE or if you want to speak to someone by ringing the national office. 
It costs on average less than £20 a year to join.

“I enjoy learning Spanish and my two book groups. It keeps my mind active and is part of the structure of my life post retirement”. Liz Ervine Glasgow West End U3A