How to join
If you are thinking of joining, or perhaps you are already a member and would like to recommend a friend, just follow these simple steps to make an application.
Complete an application form and if you know an existing member ask them to propose you. This then needs to be seconded by a person of recognised standing (a doctor, solicitor etc).
Alternatively you may belong to one of our affiliated organisations and societies, in which case you can join without a proposer or seconder. You also get 25% off the entrance fee. A full list of our partnership organisations can be viewed here, they include:
The Friends of the Royal Academy
The Friends of Covent Garden
The Law Society
The National Trust
Become a corporate member and gain access to a wealth of benefits for all employees and be part of a worldwide network that champions international friendship and understanding within the Commonwealth community and beyond.
Join now by completing a corporate membership application form - the ROSL welcomes applications from any corporate body, organisation, association, or group wishing to subscribe a number of individuals.
For further information, please contact the membership team by phone +44 (0)20 7408 0214 ext 214/216 or email email@example.com.
Individuals resident outside of the UK can apply as an Overseas Member. Please note residents outside of the Commonwealth are not entitled to vote at AGMs. Residents in Australia and New Zealand should join via their nearest ROSL branch.
Individuals between 17 and 30 benefit from discounted subscription rates and do not have to pay an entrance fee. ROSL Younger Members also enjoy an active programme of events and networking opportunities designed just for them.
Got a question?
Contact our friendly membership team by phone +44 (0)20 7408 0214 ext 214/216 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for advice on making an application or simply refer to our FAQs below.
Frequently asked questions
Q Is there a membership criteria?
A Full membership is open to nationals of the UK and Commonwealth countries. Affiliate membership is open to citizens of all other countries. Only full members are granted the right to vote at the Annual General Meeting.
Q How do I join?
A To join ROSL every individual must complete a membership application form and send this form by post FAO: Membership Department, Over-Seas House, Park Place, St James's Street, London SW1A 1LR.
Individual applicants must be proposed and seconded, however, members of certain organisations (for example, the Royal Academy or the National Trust) or alumni of Universities such as Oxford, Cambridge and Trinity College Dublin, are exempt from this process. To check whether you qualify for organisational membership please click here.
Residents of Australia and New Zealand are required to contact their local branch secretary to obtain an application form (this is because the subscription rates are payable in local currency). Please click here for the contact details.
For more information, or to receive a ROSL membership application pack in the post, please contact email@example.com or tel +44 (0)20 7408 0214 ext. 214/216.
Q Who can act as a proposer?
A The proposer may be a ROSL member or ROSL staff member as designated by the Director-General.
Q Who can act as a seconder?
A The seconder may be a ROSL member, bank manager, solicitor or another person of recognised standing.
Q How do I establish a company corporate membership?
A There is an arrangement for companies, charities, or other organisations which would like a minimum of four of their staff (including spouses) to be members. Although each applicant is required to fill in a separate application form, the overall joining fee and annual subscription is usually paid by the company. To establish a company corporate arrangement please contact the Membership Department firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q How long does it take to become a ROSL member?
A Upon receipt of a completed application form, membership will typically be processed within 5-7 working days.
Q What is the joining fee?
A The joining fee, which is applicable per household, is a one-off administration fee payable upon joining ROSL. A joining fee is payable if membership lapses for more than 12 months.
Q How much does membership cost?
A Your membership subscription is based on your home address. To view our subscription rates for 2016 and to download an application form click here. If you move address within your year of membership, your subscription rate will be reviewed accordingly when your membership becomes due for renewal.
Q How do I know whether I am ‘London area' or ‘Country England and Wales'?
A ROSL defines ‘London area' as within a 50 mile radius, as the crow flies from Charing Cross station.
Please see the map below for a rough guide:
If you are on the border, or uncertain as to which category you may belong, please contact the membership department on +44(0)20 7408 0214 ext 214 or 216. Incorrect application forms will result in delay.