Everything you need to know about DUSA The Union

Before 8pm DUSA The Union is open to the public, after 8pm we are a private members club.

Am I a member of DUSA The Union?

All University of Dundee students and graduates are lifetime members. Students over the age of 18 from all UK Universities can come to DUSA The Union. Students over the age of 18 from Dundee College, Fife and Angus College can also come to DUSA The Union.

Can 17 year olds come to DUSA The Union?

Yes, but only if you are a University of Dundee student. You cannot drink alcohol or sign in guests. Students from other universities/colleges, who are under the age of 18, cannot attend The Union at night.

Can graduates come to DUSA The Union?

All University of Dundee graduates are lifetime members of DUSA The Union, meaning they can attend all our events and sign in up to 4 guests. You will need to show your old student card as proof of your membership and another form of valid photographic ID.

Can I sign in friends?

If you are a member (see above) and over 18 years old, you can sign in 4 guests per event. Any guests you sign in must also be over 18 years old and have valid photographic ID. Guests must pay an additional £2 sign in fee.

What ID do I need to show to get into The Union?

All students need their student ID card plus another form of valid ID; passport, drivers licence, proof of ID card (PASS accredited) or national ID card. All guests (sign in) must be over 18 and provide valid photographic ID.

NB: Your ID will not be accepted if it is not readable, or in a different alphabet as we do not have the capacities to verify it.

When does The Union open/close?

The Union opens at 9am on weekdays and at midday on weekends. The building closes at 2:30am on Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3am Fridays & Saturdays and 12:30am Mondays, Wednesday and Sundays.

When does the Cloakroom open and how much does it cost?

The Cloakroom opens at 10pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. It is closed the rest of the week. The cloakroom costs £1 per item, unless you are a VIP pass holder in which case it is free.

I left my jacket in the cloakroom, how do I get it back?

Your jacket has been taken to lost property. You need to show your cloakroom ticket and your matriculation card to the reception to claim it back. Reception is open- Mon – Fri: 10:00 – 16:00 and 20:00 – 23:30, Sat and Sun: 12:00 – 22:00.

Lost property items are only kept for one week and then are donated to charity.

I have lost my phone/camera/ID/etc. What should I do?

Please visit The Union reception at any of the following times; Mon – Fri: 10:00 – 16:00 and 20:00 – 23:30, Sat and Sun: 12:00 – 22:00.

You will be asked to prove you are the owner of the property by showing ID and describing the items.

Lost property items are only kept for one week and then are donated to charity.


When does the night bus start?

The night bus runs from 22:00 (20:00 on Sundays).

Can the night bus come pick me up?

The night bus runs on a circular route collecting people from West Park, dropping them off off outside The Union on Balfour street. It cannot pick up from any other locations with the exception of Ninewells Nurses’ Residences but this would need to be arranged by calling the security office on 01382 386044. The bus will also take people to their homes within Dundee until 02:45 (Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat) or 23:45 (Mon, Wed, Sun). This service is also available for people using the campus at night in order to get home safely and conveniently.

Why was I refused entry into the building even though I am a student?

The safety and enjoyment of all of our Members is paramount. As DUSA is Licensed Premises, we reserve the right to refuse entry to persons that we feel are intoxicated or may pose a threat to other people. We also carry out bag searches in order to ensure the safety of our customers.

DUSA is a private members club, as such all University of Dundee students and alumni are automatically members and are given full access and privileges of membership. Similarly other educational establishments with which DUSA has a reciprocal agreement are also afforded reciprocal member status.

To gain entry as a member, you must have an in-date, valid matriculation card with your date of birth and photograph on it. At night time, or if you wish to purchase alcohol at any time you must also provide an additional form of ID as proof of age as outlined; DUSA accepts a passport, drivers licence, any PASS accredited proof of age card, or national ID card. As a bone fide member you are afforded the privilege of being able to sign in up to 4 non-members who must also provide ID to confirm their name and age. The only forms of identification DUSA accepts from non-members are a valid passport, Driving Licence or Young Scot Card.

Any person who is deemed to be too drunk, under the influence of a controlled substance or considered to be a threat to members or staff will be refused entry, regardless of their membership status. Members who have broken club rules will be referred to the DUSA disciplinary panel and potentially reported to the University.

The signing in of a maximum of 4 guests is a privilege for members only, not a given right; this may be revoked at any time by DUSA’s Customer Safety Team in the interests of safety and compliance with licensing legislation. In line with our status as a licensed private members club and a students’ union, we reserve the right to refuse non-members without giving a reason at any time.

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