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The University of Edinburgh

Whether you're an expert or trying something new, you can get involved in sports and exercise. Any level of activity is beneficial for your general health and well-being, and, knowing this, universities are working hard to offer the best facilities and opportunities to encourage student participation.

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

Sports and Activities

These sports and activities are available*

A–K
  • Adventure
  • American football
  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Beach volleyball
  • Bouldering
  • Boxing
  • Canoeing
  • Cheerleading
  • Climbing
  • Cricket
  • Croquet
  • Cycling
  • Diving
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Futsal
  • Gliding
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Ice hockey
  • Kayaking
L–Z
  • Lacrosse
  • Long jump
  • Martial arts
  • Motorsport
  • Netball
  • Pole vault
  • Polo
  • Rowing
  • Rugby
  • Running
  • Sailing
  • Shooting
  • Skiing
  • Skydiving
  • Squash
  • Sub-aqua
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Trampolining
  • Volleyball
  • Wakeboarding
  • Water skiing
  • Weights
  • Winter sports

Performance Sport

BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) is the national governing body for sport in higher education in the UK.

BUCS ranking 3rd
Teams in BUCS leagues 109
Teams in BUCS premier leagues 19

Intramural Sport

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 42
Outdoor intramural sports 4
Outdoor intramural sports teams 94

Social and Recreational Sport

This is more casual, requiring no regular commitment.

Hours per week of timetabled informal participation sports programmes 89
Sports and physical activity programmes per week 143
Beginner/improver sports classes 4
Beginner/improver sports class student capacity 78
Hours of timetabled drop-in sessions for informal sports coaching 37

Health and Well-being

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

Health and well-being programme Yes
Health and well-being referrals Yes
Health and well-being assessments Yes
Fitness classes (bookable, instructor-led) 120
Fitness class student capacity 3,380

Sports Bursaries and Scholarships

Sports scholarships (or equivalent) programmes Yes
Number of students supported (2017–18) 353
TASS or Winning Students sports scholarships* Yes

*Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) helps athletes in education (16+) in England. Winning Students scholarships are awarded annually to students in Scotland.