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Undergraduate Study


Cambridge Students' Union

Your time at Cambridge isn’t just about academic work – it’s important that you have time out from your studies and get involved in all the opportunities Cambridge has to offer.

The SU represents both undergraduate and postgraduate students and provides a range of central services and support beyond those delivered by the Colleges.

Led by eight elected full-time student officers, the SU:

  • represents the student body on University committees
  • campaigns on important student issues, such as student support, liberation work and education policy
  • supports and connects College student unions through training, forums and advice
  • runs the professionally staffed Student Advice Service (SAS)
  • manages the Alternative Prospectus website (which includes the ‘Ask a Student’ facility for each course and College)

Undergraduate Students are automatically members of the SU; information on opting out of Union membership is available on the Cambridge Students website.

Merging the Cambridge University Students' Union (CUSU) and the Graduate Union (GU)

The students’ union at the University of Cambridge is now referred to as Cambridge SU, a newly combined undergraduate and postgraduate students’ union. Previously, there were separate unions for the undergraduate (CUSU) and postgraduate student bodies. In November 2019, a referendum was held in which students across the university voted in favour of creating a new combined union comprising of eight sabbatical officer roles: two presidents (undergraduate and postgraduate), two access, education and participation officers (undergraduate and postgraduate), a disabled students’ officer, a women’s officer, a BME officer, and a welfare and community officer.

College students' unions

Every College also has its own students’ union, to which undergraduates are elected to represent students at a College level. So, if you want to have a say in student affairs, consider running for election!


This information was updated in July 2020, following the merger between CUSU and the GU.