Greater London South East Network


This site will tell you about U3As in the area and about the benefits of joining a U3A.

At the moment there is significant disruption to the meetings held by U3As within our Network, some have introduced various aspects of on-line learning or have put in place other systems for keeping in touch with their members. We hope to update this site within the next couple of days . Meanwhile to find out the situation in your local U3A contact one of your committee.

This site is supported by the following U3As:

  • Bexley
  • Croydon
  • Dulwich & District
  • Norwood
  • Sidcup
  • South East London

If you are a U3A member and your U3A is not in the Network why not ask your committee to consider joining. It costs just £10 a year per U3A and all your members will get priority bookings on our events.

U3A is short for University of the Third Age a voluntary organisation which encourages lifelong learning in an informal and sociable setting. Joining a U3A is the ideal way to meet new people, make new friends and start a whole new learning and social life in your retirement years. We help each other to share knowledge, skills, interests and experiences through learning and social activities.

A U3A is a group of members who work together to provide learning opportunities in a wide range of subjects. The number of subjects will vary accordingly to the size of the U3A but could be as many as 80 study groups, with the more popular subjects being provided by more than one group. Typically a U3A will offer a variety of languages , science, history, social studies, a range of practical arts and groups looking at visual arts such as film and architecture. There are far too many to list here but we are sure you will find one that offers your particular interests. We don't provide qualifications we learn for the fun of learning.

Our members come from a wide range of backgrounds and life experiences. There is no age limit, as such, but our target membership are those people who are entering their third age - this implies those who have retired or who are winding down from full time work.

Each U3A is an independent charity and reflects the interests and requirements of it's membership they consequently differ in the way they are run, in the subscriptions that they charge and in the different subject groups that they offer.

On our "Groups" page you will find details of our individual U3As. Have a look at the details of the ones that are closest to you and perhaps look at their home websites. We are sure that you will find a U3A that is both convenient and covers the subjects that interest you.

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