Associate, temporary and life membership

If you're enrolled on a credit-bearing course (undergraduate and postgraduate taught students) or enrolled to study a higher degree by research (postgraduate research students), you're automatically a Full Member of the Union. This includes students on a year abroad, industrial year or placement year, and includes most suspended students as well - though you may want to check with us if you're not sure about your current status. University of Southampton staff members who are currently enrolled on a credit bearing course are regarded as full members and do not require associate membership for the duration of their studies.

Although we're primarily here to provide our services, facilities and support to our Full Members, we also offer membership of the Union to non-students through Associate, Temporary and Life Membership. If you want to use our licensed premises regularly, or take part in the activities of our 350+ student groups (clubs and societies), you need to hold membership of the Union.

If you are one of the following, please see below for the membership options available for you:

I am a:

Life Membership

Available to: alumni (former students)

Alumni can join the Union as Life Members. For a one-off fee of £30, you get your own membership card, and lifetime access to our licensed bars and outlets, the ability to take part in any one of our 350+ student groups - and you get to remain part of the community of students here at the University of Southampton.

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Associate Membership

Available to: University staff, Lifelong Learning students

Members of University staff can join the Union as Associate Members for £25 a year. Lifelong Learning students can obtain the same membership for free. This enables you to use our licensed bars and outlets and gives you the ability to take part in any one of our 350+ student groups.

If you are a member of University staff who is also a student enrolled on a credit-bearing course then you do not require associate membership for the duration of your studies.

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Temporary Membership

Available to: members of the public, students at other universities or colleges (including the Recovery College)

Temporary Membership is available to:

  • people who have a significant input to the Union, or an affiliated student group (and are recommended by that group)
  • carers and spouses/partners of current students.

Temporary Membership is available on an annual basis for just £25 a year for members of the public, and is free for students at the University of Winchester, Southampton Solent University and the Recovery College, and for carers, spouses or partners of current students.

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If you're a member of the Recovery College, you can pick up an application form from the College. They'll show you how to fill it out, and you can post it or bring it into the Union to get your card.

Honorary Life Membership

Honorary Life Membership is awarded annually as part of our Excellence in Volunteering Awards to a handful of students who have gone above and beyond in their commitment and service to the Union. Honorary Life Members are entitled to all the same privileges as Life Members, but also get free access to Union Films and Union events (subject to restriction where necessary).


Frequently Asked Questions

What can I do as an associate/temporary/life member?

Associate, temporary and life members are entitled to use the Union's outlets and trading services, including the licensed bars. They may also be members of student groups, but may not hold committee or other positions, or vote in elections. They may attend and speak at meetings at the invitation of the Union, but may not participate in the running of the Union (including standing or voting in elections).

How are the prices set?

Prices for non-student membership are set by Trustee Board and are reviewed annually. The prices were last reviewed in June 2016, when they were updated in line with inflation.

How long does my membership last?

For annual memberships, the membership year runs from 1 August to 31st July each year. If purchased after the Easter holiday, annual membership is just £12.50 – that's 50% off!

For further information about membership, please see Rule 1 - Constitutional Framework, and if you have any questions, please get in touch via membership@unionsouthampton.org