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 2,000
Number of sports offered through student-run sports clubs 52
Teams in non-BUCS leagues 11

Performance Sport

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

BUCS ranking (2015–16) 79th
Teams in BUCS leagues 46
Teams in BUCS premier leagues 1

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 2
Indoor intramural sports teams 8
Outdoor intramural sports 1
Outdoor intramural sports teams 38

Social and Recreational Sport

This is more casual, requiring no regular commitment.

Hours per week of timetabled informal participation sports programmes 71
Sports and physical activity programmes per week 49
Beginner/improver sports classes 32
Beginner/improver sports class student capacity 299
Hours of timetabled drop-in sessions for informal sports coaching 19

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) 26
Fitness class student capacity 650

Sports Bursaries and Scholarships

Sports scholarships (or equivalent) programmes Yes
Number of students supported (2015–16) 10
Sports scholars (2015–16) 6