University of Essex
- Undergraduate Students
- Postgraduate Students
- International Students
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*
- American football
- Beach volleyball
- Latin and ballroom dance
- Lo & mid ropes
- Long jump
- Martial arts
- Pole dance
- Pole vault
- Table tennis
- Ultimate frisbee
- Water polo
- Winter sports
BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) is the national governing body for sport in higher education in the UK.
|Teams in BUCS leagues||70|
|Teams in BUCS premier leagues||4|
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||4|
|Outdoor intramural sports teams||37|
Social and Recreational Sport
This is more casual, requiring no regular commitment.
|Hours per week of timetabled informal participation sports programmes||15|
|Sports and physical activity programmes per week||326|
|Beginner/improver sports classes||15|
|Beginner/improver sports class student capacity||187|
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|
|Fitness classes (bookable, instructor-led)||85|
|Fitness class student capacity||1,275|
Sports Bursaries and Scholarships
|Sports scholarships (or equivalent) programmes||Yes|
|Number of students supported (2017–18)||72|
|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.