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*** NEW ADVICE on U3A Groups Meeting and Covid-19 safety. Please see Hot News ***

We are pleased to see that many of our interest groups have found ways to meet virtually during lockdown when face to face meetings were not possible. Some groups have started to get together again outdoors in small numbers and with appropriate social distancing. As time goes by we anticipate a gradual increase in group activities. To check the details of how individual groups are operating, Exeter U3A members can contact the relevant Group Convenor using the Contact Details at the end of the latest Newsletter. Any potential new members can get in touch with the Groups Coordinator via the CONTACT Page on the website for further information. Please read the latest government and Third Age Trust guidance and advice to members undertaking U3A activities on Hot News.



Exeter U3A is an organisation which welcomes people who have finished full time employment or raising a family to join together to learn from each other and to enjoy social activities that are of common interest. We welcome members from Exeter and the surrounding area.

We manage our U3A through our Executive Committee with the help and support of our Group Convenors and other volunteer members. You can find details of our current committee members and other significant post holders on our COMMITTEE Page along with our detailed policies. Click on our Exeter U3A Constitution here to see how we operate.

We are a registered charity and an independent member of the Third Age Trust which supplies educational and administrative support to all the U3As in the UK. Here you can read more about the Principles and Vision of the U3A and full information about the Third Age Trust can be found on the Third Age Trust web site.


We hold general meetings on the fourth Thursday of the month which are open to all members. We invite speakers who give talks on a variety of interesting topics and we keep members up to date on developments in our U3A. There is also an opportunity for members to socialise over a cup of tea or coffee before the meeting starts.

We form interest groups where members learn about a subject from each other or engage in social activities together. To view a list of current groups click 'Groups' at the top of this page or click GROUPS here.

We have a project team who are developing links with Exeter University. The University provides lectures for us and we get invited to take part in research projects. Click EXETER UNIVERSITY LIAISON for more information.

We produce a bi-monthly Newsletter which shows details of upcoming events, reports on recent group activities, communications from the committee and lots of contact details. To keep costs as low as possible this is e-mailed to all members with access to e-mail and only printed and posted free of charge to those members without access to e-mail. The latest Newsletter can be viewed by clicking on the link on the right hand side of this page but please note that contact details are excluded from this version to protect the privacy of personal data on this public website. Please use our CONTACT page if you wish to get in touch.

Since lockdown began in March 2020 we operate a private Facebook Group for Exeter U3A Members for members to keep in touch with each other to share news, photos and funny stories. Details of how to access the Facebook Group and a link to some notes for newcomers to Facebook can be found on the Hot News page.


Our membership year runs from 1 April and we offer Individual Memberships (which is the main bulk of our membership) or Associate Membership (for fully paid up members of other U3As). Current subscription rates are as follows:

MembershipFull YearHalf Year
Type1 April 2021 - 31 March 20221 October 2021 - 31 March 2022

Membership entitles you to:
- attend the monthly meetings
- receive the Exeter U3A Newsletter
- join our Facebook Group
- join as many of our interest groups as you wish as long as there is space available
- receive the Third Age Matters magazine (one copy per household)
- access the Newsletter and other resources of the Third Age Trust

If you join a group that meets in a room that incurs a hire fee then you will be asked to pay £1 per person per group session attended, towards the cost of that fee (payable quarterly In arrears). Please note this extra contribution made by members towards room hire does not cover the full cost of the room hire but helps to share the cost more fairly between members who attend groups in paid for venues and those who do not.

As well as room hire costs the subscription covers the administration costs of running our U3A (printing, postage etc) and contributions to the Third Age Trust to cover central costs including insurance, the use of the Beacon database to maintain membership and financial records and postage of the Third Age Trust magazine. Groups are expected to be self-funding with all members of the group, including the convenor sharing any costs equally.


Our Monthly Meeting is held at The Mint Methodist Church, Fore Street, Exeter and a number of our interest groups also meet there. Other groups meet in different venues around Exeter, some paid for and some free or in members's homes. Please check individual group pages or contact group convenors for details for individual groups


Please go to our CONTACT page to get in touch with our Membership Secretary or contact our Groups Co-ordinator if you would like to try out one or two of our groups before deciding whether to join or not.