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 2,700
Number of sports offered through student-run sports clubs 42
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) 18th
Teams in BUCS leagues 89
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 2
Indoor intramural sports teams 42
Outdoor intramural sports 3
Outdoor intramural sports teams 95

Social and Recreational Sport

This is more casual, requiring no regular commitment.

Hours per week of timetabled informal participation sports programmes 88
Sports and physical activity programmes per week 67
Beginner/improver sports classes 67
Beginner/improver sports class student capacity 1,340
Hours of timetabled drop-in sessions for informal sports coaching 26

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) 153
Fitness class student capacity 3,825

Sports Bursaries and Scholarships

Sports scholarships (or equivalent) programmes Yes
Number of students supported (2015–16) 25
TASS or Winning Students sports scholarships* Yes
Sports scholars (2015–16) 16

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