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 8,063
Number of sports offered through student-run sports clubs 50
Teams in non-BUCS leagues 35

Performance Sport

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

BUCS ranking (2015–16) 5th
Teams in BUCS leagues 110
Teams in BUCS premier leagues 6

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 4
Indoor intramural sports teams 136
Outdoor intramural sports 5
Outdoor intramural sports teams 314

Social and Recreational Sport

This is more casual, requiring no regular commitment.

Hours per week of timetabled informal participation sports programmes 6
Sports and physical activity programmes per week 3
Beginner/improver sports classes 10
Beginner/improver sports class student capacity 160
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 programme Yes
Health and wellbeing referrals Yes
Health and wellbeing assessments Yes
Fitness classes (bookable, instructor-led) 80
Fitness class student capacity 1,525

Sports Bursaries and Scholarships

Sports scholarships (or equivalent) programmes Yes
Number of students supported (2015–16) 55
TASS or Winning Students sports scholarships* Yes
Sports scholars (2015–16) 45

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