You can take part in sport and exercise at a number of different levels. It's up to you! Some level of participation is good for your general well-being and, knowing this, universities are working hard to offer the best facilities and opportunities they can to meet your needs.

See a summary of exercise and sport provision below, or search the Sports Table to discover which sports and activities are offered at each university.

  • Performance sport (varsity level, which is competition between universities through BUCS – British Universities & Colleges Sport).
  • Intramural sport (competition level within your university).
  • Social and recreational sport (informal participation).
  • Health and well-being or lifestyle (e.g. gym, fitness, yoga and pilates classes, swimming pool).


Student sports club members 200
Number of sports offered through student-run sports clubs 9
Teams in non-BUCS leagues 2

Social and Recreational Sport

This is more casual, requiring no regular commitment.

Hours per week of timetabled informal participation sports programmes 10
Sports and physical activity programmes per week 9
Beginner/improver sports classes 9
Beginner/improver sports class student capacity 180
Hours of timetabled drop-in sessions for informal sports coaching 10

Health and Wellbeing

This is not to do with chasing the prize and winning the race, but physical exercise as an end in its own right – for personal benefit and well-being. Go at your own pace.

Health and wellbeing programme Yes
Health and wellbeing referrals Yes
Fitness classes (bookable, instructor-led) 1
Fitness class student capacity 20

Sports Bursaries and Scholarships