Welcome to the U3A at COOMA

Retired or semi retired, come and join in our activities, courses, information sessions ….


U3A fills a gap in the community for those of us who are leaving the formal workforce and still have much more to do in life.

You can exercise your brain by participating in or leading an interest group, sharing your skills with others while learning something new.

University of the Third Age (U3A) is a world-wide organisation that began in France in 1968, it was extremely successful and spread rapidly throughout the world, arriving in Australia in 1984.   The U3A movement has been identified through academic research as being the fastest-growing adult education movement in Australia.  

The Snowy Mountains U3A offers a program of weekly classes  in the region, mostly based in Cooma.  Course leaders/tutors are as far as possible drawn from the membership, although community (non-U3A) volunteers may conduct short courses or give a one-off presentation.   

Possibilities are endless – if you can think of it then we can do it. Some suggestions are:

  • Arts drawing. painting, pottery, leadlighting, mosaics 

  • Languages of German, French, Italian, Spanish

  • DIY building, repairs, furniture upholstery, picture framing

  • Music appreciation, ukulele, recorder, drumming

  • Sports of cycling, badminton, swimming, line dancing, rock n roll dancing, tai chi, yoga

  • Computing and IT for beginners, extension, mobile phones 

  • Others like films, book club, forums, psychology, games

Many of these are already established and others are under development, with still more still to be launched.

Courses are advertised in the media and on Community Radio, and there is current information at the SM U3A Shop and the Cooma Visitors Centre, both in Sharp Street Cooma. If you are interested in a course please contact the leader of that class for more detailed course information and bookings.

Visitors are welcome for one session as a trial.

Membership application forms are available from the SM U3A Shop, the Cooma Visitors Centre and can be downloaded for printing from this website. Membership includes a name badge, access to any number of sessions, up to date course lists and e-bulletins.

Attendees at sessions pay a nominal contribution per person per session, currently $1, assists with management costs. Presenters/leaders/coordinators are reimbursed by participants for any extra costs incurred.

We rely heavily on email communications.  If you don’t have internet access yet, you can do this at the Cooma library or at the SM U3A Shop or ‘piggyback’ with a friend. If you need help to get started we suggest our ‘Computing for REAL Beginners’ course. We have computers that are easy to use, are on the internet and can be set up to suit your needs. Never let computers scare you but be prepared for some give and take with such a new friend. We can be there to help you too!

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