Public memberships

Universal membership

Universal membership is available to members of the public and comprises access to all facilities throughout the year (term time and vacations, excluding public and University holidays).

Associate membership

Associate membership is available to:

  • Graduates of the University of Bristol who have completed courses of at least one year in duration.
  • Family members of graduates (partners and children under 19).
  • Members of staff holding honorary academic status.
  • Visiting Fellows.
  • Visiting students.

Two types of membership are available:

  • Associate membership with classes.
  • Associate membership without classes.

Both types of membership comprise access to facilities throughout the year (term time and vacations, excluding public holidays). 

Swimming-only membership

Situated in the Richmond Building in Clifton, our swimming pool is 33m in length.

We offer a range of lane and general swimming sessions throughout the week for the general public. Please see the pool timetable for more details.

Gym-only membership

We offer two types of gym-only membership* which give access to the Indoor Sports Centre gym:

  • Peak gym-only membership (unrestricted access to facilities during opening hours).
  • Off-peak gym-only membership (7 am to 3.30 pm weekdays; 8 am to 8 pm weekends).

*Not available for under 16s


  • Peak membership £380 a year.
  • Off-peak membership £216 a year.

Pay as you go swimming

In order to ensure we have a record of any medical conditions that may affect your ability to swim, and that you agree to the terms of use, we ask you to fill out a short form to use the pool on a pay as you go basis. We will issue you with a card which you can then show at reception each time you wish to payg swim.


£4 per visit.

Pay as you go

Members of the public are invited to use the Coombe Dingle tennis courts and University Swimming Pool on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Corporate membership

For details of corporate membership, please contact us.

Free swimming for pregnant women

We are now offering free swimming to all pregnant users of the University Swimming pool. Please visit the reception desk of the Swimming pool or Indoor Sports Centre to return your completed form and show your prescription exemption card. free-pregnant-swim (PDF, 162kB)