EALING U3A (University of the Third Age) is a co-operative of older people sharing educational, creative and leisure activities. We are one of over 1,000 UK branches of an organisation for semi- or fully- retired people, and we currently have over 350 members.
The words “University of the Third Age” are purely a historical title; we are not a university, but our focus is on later lifelong learning for the sheer enjoyment of discovery, with others.

The motives for joining are a desire to improve and share your knowledge and experience, to keep your mind active, to enjoy leisure pursuits and to socialize with like-minded people. No qualifications are needed and none are given. You share learning and leisure experiences across a wide range of activities through a network of self-managed groups.

Our Members have access to our weekly talks which are held at Ealing Green Church (W5 5QT - opposite Ealing Film Studios). These talks cover a wide range of topics - see the MEETINGS page for more details.
Members can also participate in the various interest groups (see the GROUPS page), in leisure activities such as rambles and visits to interesting places as well as in the occasional short courses. You can learn about all of these by searching the various buttons on the top bar.

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You can sign up for membership by talking to anyone at the back desk at a Thursday morning meeting (see MEETINGS). Please arrive before 10.00am.
Enquiries concerning membership may also be made through the Membership Secretary by means of the CONTACT button at the top of this page.
If you cannot attend a meeting then a membership form can be sent to you by post if you include your address in your email enquiry.


From 2019, the annual fee will be £25, payable each January. The Fee for new members joining after July is £10. Visitors to the Thursday morning talks will pay £3 per session.
Fees can be paid by cash or cheque (made out to Ealing U3A) at a meeting. We regret that, at present, we cannot take card payments.

The annual fee covers weekly meetings for three terms (one term for those joining after July) and most group activities. Many groups meet in members’ homes and 50p is usually paid towards any refreshments provided. If the interest group meets in a public room then a small charge, generally £1 or £2, is made towards the hire cost, and some visits may incur extra charges.

When you join Ealing U3A you also become a member of the London Region of U3As (accessible through the U3A LONDON REGION link on the right of this page) which organises Shared Learning (Research) Projects at different Institutes, Universities and other establishments, as well as Study Days, special meetings and a non-residential Summer School.

You will also become part of the National U3A movement that has about 400,000 members in the UK. The National U3A runs annual Summer Schools and Conference and various meetings in London and elsewhere (further information accessible through the NATIONAL U3A link on the right of this page).

[Ealing U3A is a Registered Charity (No. 1027138). We are a voluntary organisation receiving no grants. All officers give their services free. You can view the Constitution by clicking on the appropriate Link in the right-hand column.]

You can learn more about the U3A Organisation from the video below (about 23 mins long).

Life in the Third Age