Our society

The Utrecht Debating Society (UDS) is an inclusive student debating society in which a group of students come together to debate. Due to our openness to all students in Utrecht, UDS has a diverse group of students which will never shy away from a interesting conversation.

At UDS, members can be as active as they want to be. Different people join us for different reasons. Some members like us most because of the interesting talks we have when enjoying a beer in the bar, others join us mostly to improve their debating skills. UDS is a small, tight society, ensuring everybody knows each other. Even though debates can get very heated, outside the debating UDS is known for its easy-going atmosphere.

Our society has committees, dinner clubs and fun activities. We go on weekend-trips, dine together, organise events for our members and participate in inter(national) debating tournaments. In short: at UDS, fun and debating are all around.


Wednesday night is UDS night! Every wednesday evening at 19:30, we come together in the Locke building located on UCU campus. We debate in both Dutch and English about a variety of topics, ranging from economics to politics and from philosophy to religion. Furthermore, we regularly provide workshops – which are given by the best (inter)national speakers. We improve our members’ skills in argumentation, presentation and public speaking. We debate in a format named British Parliamentary Debating (BP-debating). In this format you debate in teams of two and everyone gets individual speaker time to talk about the subject you’re given. This means you don’t have to be scared you’re not capable of out-screaming the people in front of you. In the end a judging panel decides who wins based on how convincing your arguments were. You can read more about BP-debating by clicking here.

As always, we end the evening in our favourite bar: ‘t Pandje! In this beautiful place, we enjoy the best side of Utrecht’s student night life with the other UDS-members.