While there have been Masonic lodges attached to universities for many years: Apollo University Lodge in Oxford being founded nearly 200 years ago and the Isaac Newton University Lodge here in Cambridge being founded shortly thereafter, the Universities’ Scheme was established by the Assistant Grand Master in 2005 ‘to establish and/or enhance arrangements and opportunities for undergraduates and other university members to enjoy Freemasonry’. There are now 87 lodges in the scheme. Their membership consists of undergraduates, postgraduates, senior members of the university and alumni, ranging in age from 18 upwards. All under-25s benefit from the decision by Grand Lodge to halve their dues in order to make Freemasonry as accessible to as wide an audience as possible.
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There is more information on the scheme on the Universities Scheme website
In this Province, we have a number of Lodges that are established members of the scheme and have many graduate and undergraduate members not only from the University of Cambridge & Anglia Ruskin University but from other local universities and, indeed, other universities from around the world. Participating Lodges are listed below and those interested in joining might care to look at the various Lodge websites or contact us via our contact form.
Cambridgeshire Lodges participating in the Universities Scheme:
Isaac Newton University Lodge No. 859
Isaac Newton University Lodge will only accept matriculated members of Cambridge University.
Alma Mater Lodge No. 1492
Alma Mater Lodge admits only graduates and postgraduates of recognised Universities.
Cantabrigia Lodge No. 3532
Cantabrigia Lodge is closely linked with the Anglia Ruskin University and also accepts members without a university degree.