An Excellent Investment


A Ball at the Oxford Union

We hope this web site has shown you some of the benefits of joining the Oxford Union. Once a member, you will be entitled to participate in all debates and speaker meetings, and to make use of all the facilities that the Union has to offer. By signing up, you will be part of Oxford’s largest student organisation, with an excellent base in the centre of town: the Union provides a vital complement to college life.

The Union receives no financial support from the Government, and is independent of the University.  Instead, it relies on membership fees and commercial sponsorship. The Union does not seek to make a profit - it is collectively ‘owned’ and run by and for its members. This means we are independent from University interference - in the words of ex-President Tony Benn “we are free to do as we like”.

The fee may seem daunting, but it works out at little more than £1 a week during your university career. Oxford University students who join become Life Members - once a member, it’s free for the rest of your life. In joining, you will save yourself the price of membership through cheap drinks, frequent social events, free entry to the Purple Turtle, passionate debates, incredible speaker meetings, internet access and library services.

Oxford's premier social venue, the vast majority of freshers join the Union when they come up, so there is no stereotypical member - it is a democratic organisation based on merit: your background and political views aren’t important, nor whether you wish to become more involved. If you join now, it’s cheaper and you can begin to use our excellent facilities as soon as you arrive.

The Oxford Union is such an integral part of Oxford life, that we believe it should be open to everyone regardless of their background. The Union has an excellent Access Scheme, which offers a very significant discount for those eligible for to receive a full UK Government Maintenance Loan (or the full Maintenance Grant if awarded 2015 or before).

The Oxford Union represents brilliant value for money, a real investment in your academic and social experience of Oxford, and we look forward to welcoming you as a member.

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If you have any questions or requests about this term please do not hesitate to get in touch at You can join all year round, so if you're not a member yet - don't worry as it's not too late!