Life Long Learning ...

Courses include languages, philosophy, music, art, literature, exercise and much more, held at venues across Melbourne CBD.

Revive an old interest or learn something new! Learn more here

Social Activities

Keep active and make new friends in retirement

Can't commit to a weekly class? Perhaps you prefer to go for a walk, cycle, see a movie, concert or play, visit a gallery, or head out for an excursion with one of our friendly "Let's Do" groups.


Join Us!

Membership is great value and is open to anyone over 50 and retired or semi-retired. One annual fee provides access to all our seniors' courses and activities. Learn more


Looking for volunteering opportunities?

U3A Melbourne City is run entirely by volunteers If you are passionate about a hobby or interest, we can help you get started as a tutor or group leader. Alternatively, you can help out behind the scenes.

Dates for your Diary

Melbourne’s East End Theatre District Guided Walking Tour
Join U3A Member, Maria as she leads you on a tour of six of our city’s most iconic theatres, all within walking distance of each other.
Melbourne Athenaeum Library Tours
The Melbourne Athenaeum has been a vibrant cultural institution for almost 200 Years. Two tours are offered, at 10.30 and 2pm
Melbourne’s Storied Laneways
Today’s much-visited Melbourne laneways ,like Guilford Lane and Hosier Lane, make it hard to imagine that 50 years ago those laneways and many others were places of small factories and light industry
Discover MIFF with Naomi
Join other U3A members to view and discuss 6 films rarely seen in mainstream cinemas at Australia's oldest film festival.

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What is U3A?

The U3A (University of the Third Age) is an international self-help movement, run by and for retirees. It aims to create welcoming communities where over 50’s can connect with each other, find stimulating retirement activities, learn new hobbies or develop old ones, make new friends and most importantly, enjoy life to the full.

U3A Melbourne City welcomes members from all over Melbourne City and suburbs to a host of classes and activities, held in convenient locations around the CBD. We offer a wide variety of courses, from crosswords to creative writing, philosophy to films, mah jong to mindfulness and more. If you want to keep your body active, join our walking, cycling, dance and yoga classes. Those who love the arts will enjoy our gallery and exhibition visits, drawing and painting classes, and art appreciation courses.

As a member of U3A, you need never worry about feeling bored in retirement. Come and join our vibrant community, where you’ll find plenty of day-time activities to keep you busy. For a comprehensive list of what’s on offer have a look at our Courses here, or browse our Diary of Events. There is something for everyone.

Read more about our organisation, our committee and our supporters here.

What Our Members Say

“As a new arrival in Melbourne in my 60’s, I feared being lonely – but thanks to U3A, I have made so many friends that I never have time to be bored.”

Dorothy Maricic

“Since retiring U3A has connected me to like minded members who have become friends and allowed me to pursue my passions in art appreciation, history and social activities.”

Sharon Carter

“As a new retiree, I found U3A provided me with a diverse and stimulating array of post work opportunities – to learn, socialise, exercise and volunteer.”

Russell Huntington