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The University aims to provide opportunities for students and staff to participate in sport and physical activity at whatever level they chose. University life offers a unique opportunity to get involved in sport and physical recreation, so whether your aim is for fun, fitness or achieving your true potential, we hope you will be inspired to engage in sport and physical activity during your time at the University of Suffolk.

The University has state-of-the-art sport and exercise science laboratories which are used for teaching and research.

Social Sports

The Students’ Union run Social Sports, which offers a wide variety of different sports to try! They include traditional sports such as badminton, alternative sports like climbing and fitness-based physical activity like Pilates or Aerobics. At £1 a session, there is an opportunity for everyone, whatever your taste, to participate in socially driven, informal sport. The sessions are open to everyone from beginners to those who play regularly. View the full list of sports and further details.

BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) teams

For those who take sport more seriously, the Students’ Union also run BUCS teams that compete against other Universities in league and cup competitions. There are currently three teams representing the University of Suffolk which are men’s football, women’s futsal and women’s netball. The Students’ Union also enter a number of individual athletes into BUCS competitions so if your sport isn’t one currently provided, please get in touch to discuss your options for competition via

University of Suffolk Students' Union BUCS Sport

Sports Scholarships

In 2019/20, the Students’ Union, in conjunction with the University of Suffolk Foundation Board is supporting student athletes competing regionally, nationally or internationally with Sports Scholarships. Our Sports Scholars will be supported financially to help balance the demands of performance sport and academic study, with the hope of helping them to achieve high levels of success in both areas.


Our main campus in Ipswich has a gym onsite, located on the ground floor of Athena Hall the on-campus accommodation. The gym is managed by the Ipswich Borough Council and provides a range of cardiovascular, strength and fitness stations. Students are entitled to a substantially discounted membership price with no minimum contract. It is currently (as at February 2018) £16.90 a month which also includes access to the local swimming pool on Fore Street.

There are also a variety of private gyms in close proximity to the main campus and across the town with a variety of membership options and prices.