Sport, exercise and health

Whether you've set your sights set on Tokyo 2020 or just want to improve your fitness, Bristol's proactive approach to wellbeing and excellent sports and fitness facilities will help you stay on top of your game.

The University's student memberships offers excellent value for money, giving you access to our broad range of facilities and classes, either free of charge or at a discounted rate.


  • Indoor Sports Centre refurbished in 2018, featuring a state-of-the-art gym, exercise studios, a double-court sports hall and Sports Medicine Clinic.
  • 32-metre swimming pool in the Students' Union.
  • Coombe Dingle Sports Complex featuring first-class pitches for a range of sports, a tennis centre and Olympic weight-lifting gym.
  • Gym at Bristol Veterinary School.
  • Saltford Boathouse a £1.2 million facility on the River Avon. 

Our students also have the exclusive use of squash courts at Kingsdown Sports Centre.

The Sailing Club use superb facilities at Chew Valley Lake in Somerset.

Get involved

The University of Bristol Students' Union (Bristol SU) has more than 60 sports clubs, ranging from cycling to ultimate frisbee, and American football to skydiving.

If you're looking to compete at the highest level, you could represent the University in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) league.

With our sports leadership and coaching opportunities you can try something new, take sport to the local community, or develop your coaching skills.

Sport Performance Squad

Our Performance Squad helps talented student athletes continue their sporting career without compromising academic achievements.

Members of the squad develop a personal action plan supported by services such as nutrition advice, physiotherapy, subsidised training equipment and a programme of high-performance workshops.

The squad has supported Olympians, Commonwealth medallists and world champions.

The sports facilities are one of the things I like most about the University. There are so many classes with genuinely brilliant instructors. Cubatone, kickboxing, body balance - you name it there's a class for it.

Amelia (BSc Psychology)

Students' Union sporting opportunities

The Students’ Union oversees more than 60 sport and health clubs, with an overall membership of over 4,000 people.

This means plenty of opportunities to play sport at University representative level, in the intramural programme, or as part of the B:Active scheme.

Getting involved is also a great way to meet new people and settle into university life through the activities and social events that clubs organise. 

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