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How do I join U3A?

Click on the Membership tab on the home page and follow the instructions from there.

How much does it cost to belong to U3A?

Subscription is currently $40 for U3A’s financial year, which runs from 1 July to 30 June.

What does membership entitle me to?

Your subscription entitles you to attend as many of the18 or so Special Interest Groups (on application to the Group’s Leader) and as many of the lectures as you wish.

I have just joined and have not received my membership card.

Membership cards are posted to new members within 3-4 weeks. Show your receipt at the welcoming desk if you are awaiting your membership card.

Why haven’t I received my new membership card as I have paid my subscription.

If you are an existing member your current membership card will be automatically updated on our database when you pay your subscription. Your existing membership card is valid whilst you remain a member. New cards are posted out only to new members.

If I join during a financial year, is the subscription reduced?

The subscription is not reduced if you join part-way through the financial year.

If I belong to another U3A does that give me membership also of U3A Wellington City?

No, you need to join Wellington City U3A. You may attend as a guest. There is a charge of $5 for each lecture. Or you may join for $40/financial year. This gives you access to all the interest groups, holiday events (some charges may apply) AND all lectures.

Interest Groups

Can I belong to an interest group without a U3A membership?

No, everyone attending a Special Interest Group must be a member of U3A Wellington City.

How could I start a new Interest Group?

Contact the Special Interest Group Coordinator. Contact details are on the Committee List under the Contact menu.

When and where are the Special Interest Groups held?

Days and times vary. Have a look under the Interest Groups menu for details.

What do I need to do to join an Interest Group?

Contact the Coordinator for the Interest Group you want to join. Their names are on the list of groups – see the Interest Groups menu. A few groups may be full but your name could be added to the waiting list.

You may wish to start an interest group. Contact the Committee’s Special Interest Group Coordinator to discuss.


Is it possible to invite a guest to attend lectures?

Yes, guests are welcome and charged $5 per lecture.

I can attend lectures only on one of the days of the week. Is this ok?

Yes, you are welcome to come whenever you wish.

Where are the lectures held?

Lectures are held twice a week at The Embassy Theatre (the Grand Theatre), Kent Terrace.

Is there a lift in The Embassy Theatre as I have mobility issues?

Yes, The Embassy has a lift. You will find it on the ground floor foyer, behind the stairs on the left. Go through the  open door  towards the lift. It arrives on the next floor where the reception/front of house volunteers are welcoming members and guests and scanning membership cards.

Are there stairs in the Embassy Theatre?

Yes, there are stairs but these can be avoided as seats are reserved for members who have mobility issues. You don’t need to climb any stairs.

How many lectures are held each year?

There are over 50 lectures per year with breaks that roughly coincide with some school holidays.

Newsletter and Weekly Email re forthcoming Lectures

How do members know what’s going on in U3A?

From 2024 newsletters are published six times per year. The week before each lecture you will receive an email with details about the upcoming two lectures, including any changes to lecture presenters/topics. Newsletters are also available on our website as are interest groups.

How do I get the newsletter if I am not on the Internet?

You can request the Membership Secretary to post you a printed copy.


How can I contribute to U3A?

We welcome volunteers to join the roster for assisting at the front of house where they welcome and register those attending  lectures.. If you can give up an hour, a few days every few months, please contact the committee’s Front of House/Volunteer Coordinator – details on the Committee Member List under the website’s Contact menu tab.

How can I become a committee member?

When a vacancy occurs on the committee, nominations are made in writing and voted on at the AGM. Occasionally committee members are co-opted between AGMs to fill essential gaps.