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Sports Facilities

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 at Suffolk.

We have a range of sports facilities on campus in addition to the state-of-the-art sport and exercise science laboratories used as part of the teaching and research within the Deaprtment of Science and Technology. There are a range of opportunities to get involved in sport and recreation.


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.

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.

Most Active Students

The Students’ Union run the Most Active Students project, which offers 26 different sports, including traditional sports, alternative sports and fitness-based physical activity. 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 beginners and those who play regularly. The full list of sports and further details on what is on offer is available at

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; men’s football and netball. They also enter a number of individual athletes into BUCS competitions to complement the recently introduced Sports Scholarships. Our Scholars are supported to balance the demands of performance sport and academic study, helping them to achieve levels of success in both areas. There are two levels of funding available to athletes who represent county and national/international level.