The University of Edinburgh
- 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||6,835|
|Number of sports offered through student-run sports clubs||63|
|Teams in non-BUCS leagues||52|
BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) is the national governing body for sport in higher education in the UK.
|BUCS ranking (2015–16)||3rd|
|Teams in BUCS leagues||98|
|Teams in BUCS premier leagues||16|
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||3|
|Indoor intramural sports teams||32|
|Outdoor intramural sports||3|
|Outdoor intramural sports teams||54|
Social and Recreational Sport
This is more casual, requiring no regular commitment.
|Hours per week of timetabled informal participation sports programmes||75|
|Sports and physical activity programmes per week||143|
|Beginner/improver sports classes||31|
|Beginner/improver sports class student capacity||775|
|Hours of timetabled drop-in sessions for informal sports coaching||21|
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|
|Health and wellbeing assessments||Yes|
|Fitness classes (bookable, instructor-led)||68|
|Fitness class student capacity||2,210|
Sports Bursaries and Scholarships
|Sports scholarships (or equivalent) programmes||Yes|
|Number of students supported (2015–16)||353|
|TASS or Winning Students sports scholarships*||Yes|
|Sports scholars (2015–16)||157|
*Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) helps athletes in education (16+) in England. Winning Students scholarships are awarded annually to students in Scotland.