Founded over 35 years ago, the UK U3A movement aims to encourage groups of people in their “third age” to come together and continue their enjoyment of learning in subjects of interest to them. The 'third age' is defined by a time in your life (not necessarily chronological) where you have the opportunity to undertake learning for its own sake. There is no minimum age, but a focus on people who are no longer in full-time employment or raising a family. All U3As are independent, registered charities which are run 'by the members for the members', receiving no government subsidies. We aim to Learn, Laugh and live in retirement.

Today, the UK U3A organization has over 425,000 members in more than 1,043 U3A groups, and is continuing to grow every day. The U3A national body – the Third Age Trust - looks after all the U3As in the UK, providing educational and administrative support.


We were founded in the Spring of 1987. We currently have over 700 members and more than 65 interest groups covering a variety of topics and activities, such as languages, walking groups, writing, play reading, history of London, painting for pleasure, badminton, table tennis, line dancing. See the Groups page for more information. There is something for everyone. There is no limit to the number of groups members can join provided that there are spaces.

We arrange holidays, coach outings and London visits by public transport. See the Diary page for upcoming events. 2020's programme is being prepared.

Each month, on the 2nd Wednesday, we hold a  GENERAL MEETING at the Freemasons Hall in West Croydon. The registration starts at 13.30 and the meeting itself begins at 14.15. The members' information is followed by an invited speaker and more information on the coming months speakers can be found on our Diary page. Visitors are welcome to attend once to see what is on offer and to meet the Committee and members.

Croydon U3A is run entirely by its members. It has an elected Committee and is self-funded with membership subscriptions. Costs are kept as low as possible. See the Join/Renew page for information on membership.
Croydon U3A Members receive a bi-monthly bulletin that gives up to date information. Three times a year we publish a magazine containing articles written by members (see the link right for the Summer edition.)
Click the link Croydon U3A Magazines to see copies from 2016 onwards.


There are various U3A networks that run Study Days and Summer Schools which are open to our members to attend. See the Diary page for links to further information.

If you are no longer in full-time employment, do come and join us


Croydon U3A, Registered Charity Number: 1029466, University of the Third Age