Becoming a member

You can become a member by filling in this form. After you have signed up, your information will be put in our administration and then you are officially a LDU member! Of course, it’s also possible to swing by at our debating evenings to fill in your form. Anyone is welcome to join the Leiden Debating Union, and everyone is welcome at our evenings. If you’re interested in the Leiden Debating Union, please visit us on Tuesday or Thursday for our weekly meetings, so you can feel the vibe and try out the atmosphere, before committing yourself to membership.

Are you an international? Then we have a special form for you! As an international member, you will become a member for one academic year. After that year, we will be deleted from our members file. In this way, you make sure you don’t risk paying another year of members fee, while you are already back home.

Why would you become a member?

You should consider becoming a member, because debating develops you in a way that no other sport does. You will learn to listen, to speak in front of a crowd, give rebuttal to smart arguments and make your own argumentation. Besides that, it is also a lot of fun! You will think and talk about a wide range of topics and meet a lot of fun people. Definitely drop by, even if you are not sure yet. You are always welcome to participate, and for the first three evenings, you don’t have to be a member!

If you want to have more information, either before you swing by, or when you’ve visited us, but want to know more about the LDU or membership (or anything else). Please contact us at

What to do if you don’t want to be a member anymore?

The termination of the membership of the LDU is very simple. The secretary of the society only needs a signed quitting-form. This form can be found here. When everything is completed, you can send the form to our postal address or scan it and email it to

It is good to take into account that the LDU operates per academic year. The year runs from the first of September until the 31st of August. This means that any form received after August 31 will be processed for the next year. So, you will still be a full member (that has to pay members fee) until it’s the 31st of August again.