University of Cambridge
- Undergraduate Students
- Postgraduate Students
- International Students
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||2,490|
|Number of sports offered through student-run sports clubs||80|
|Teams in non-BUCS leagues||20|
BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) is the national governing body for sport in higher education in the UK.
|BUCS ranking (2015–16)||16th|
|Teams in BUCS leagues||39|
|Teams in BUCS premier leagues||5|
Intramural sport is sport played between students at a university or college. Teams are generally made up from halls, societies, or groups of friends. On offer there could be 5-a-side, soccer 6s, 11-a-side football, rugby 7s, badminton and squash leagues.
|Indoor intramural sports||20|
|Indoor intramural sports teams||150|
|Outdoor intramural sports||12|
|Outdoor intramural sports teams||250|
Social and Recreational Sport
This is more casual, requiring no regular commitment.
|Hours per week of timetabled informal participation sports programmes||3|
|Hours of timetabled drop-in sessions for informal sports coaching||5|
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 referrals||Yes|
|Health and wellbeing assessments||Yes|
|Fitness classes (bookable, instructor-led)||21|
|Fitness class student capacity||485|
Sports Bursaries and Scholarships
|TASS or Winning Students sports scholarships*||Yes|
|Sports scholars (2015–16)||5|
*Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) helps athletes in education (16+) in England. Winning Students scholarships are awarded annually to students in Scotland.