Department of Sport

Student sports membership FAQs

Please see below for frequently asked questions regarding Student Sport & Fitness Membership


How much does the UoN Sport and Fitness membership cost?

The student sport and fitness membership for 2022/23 will be available at the early bird rate of £229 (rising to £249 in October) and provides access to the best range of facilities in Nottingham including access to gym, swim, courts, classes and climbing at all three of the University’s Sports Facilities (the David Ross Sports Village, Jubilee Sports Centre and Sutton Bonington Sports Centre).

In addition, the BUCS UNIVersal scheme for gives you access to over 100 partner facilities across the country, enabling you to keep up your training when you visit friends at other universities or equally head home for the vacation.

To ensure we can maintain our high quality offer and continue to engage and support as many of our university community in sport, health and wellbeing activities, we have had to increase our student membership prices (which have remained frozen since 2018/19). The cost of operating and maintaining our world-class sporting facilities and delivering our student sport experience have continued to increase beyond our control due to inflation, as they have for all providers, and the knock-on effect has seen significant increases in utility bills, supplier prices and travel costs to name a few.  

Please see our student membership page for full details of pricing and how to purchase. 


What does the UoN Sport and Fitness Membership include?

Student UoN Sport and Fitness Memberships offer excellent value for money here at the University of Nottingham.

As well as the £40 million David Ross Sports Village, student membership also includes access to our sports centres on Jubilee and Sutton Bonington Campus.

Benefits include:

  • three state-of-the art fitness suites 
  • free fitness inductions and programme reviews
  • over 150 weekly group exercise classes, featuring several Les Mills' sessions
  • spin classes in bespoke spin studios
  • squash courts
  • indoor court hire; badminton, basketball, volleyball
  • outdoor court hire: tennis, netball
  • beginner and social sport sessions with Just Play

Also at David Ross Sports Village:

Members also receive competitive rates on outdoor pitch hire, as well as treatments in our Sports Injury Clinic. Click here for the full list of benefits.


Do I need a UoN Sport and Fitness Membership if I am part of a UoN sports club?

Yes, all members of clubs who use facilities owned or paid for by University of Nottingham Sport will be required to purchase a UoN sport and fitness membership. This includes clubs using all indoor and outdoor facilities at the David Ross Sports Village, Riverside, Highfields and the University Boat House. Please check with the individual club if unsure. 


When will my UoN Sport and Fitness Membership expire?

All our student Sport and Fitness Memberships are sold per academic year and are valid from the date of purchase to the 31 June of that academic year (e.g. 2022/23 memberships are valid until 31 June 2023). 

Please check our student membership page for details. 


When can I purchase my UoN Sport and Fitness Membership?

You may purchase your UoN Sports and Fitness Membership at any point during the academic year. Please click here for details of pricing. 

How can I purchase my UoN Sport and Fitness Membership?

Student UoN Sport and Fitness Membership may be purchased via the following methods:

  • Online
  • Via telephone: +44 (0)115 74 87000
  • By visiting the David Ross Sports Village, Jubilee Sports Centre or Sutton Bonington Sports Centre receptions
I am only here for one semester; do I need to buy a UoN Sport and Fitness Membership for the whole year?

No, students that are only here for Semester 1 can buy a one semester membership. You will need to present a letter confirming your status as a one-semester student to any sports centre reception to be able to purchase.  

From Term 2 onwards, students are asked to purchase the standard pro-rata student membership package. 

Please see our student membership page for details of pricing. 

I'm studying at University of Nottingham Derby campus - what facilities can I access?

All UNAD students are eligible to purchase student UoN sports and fitness membership as well as join a sports club. You may find it useful to check the hopper bus timetable for transport details.

UNAD students may also use the facilities at University of Derby thanks to an agreed partnership. Please click here for more information - memberships can be purchased by visiting the Team Derby sports centre.

Please note, if you wish to join a UoN sports club that requires UoN sports and fitness membership, you will need to have purchased your membership from the University of Nottingham directly. 

I'm studying at NUAST - can I access the sports facilities?

All NUAST students aged 16 and over can purchase a student UoN Sport and Fitness Membership.

Please see our student membership page for details of pricing and how to join. 


As a student, can I use the sports and fitness facilities without a membership?

Membership is required for all sports club sessions - pay and play options do not apply. 

There are opportunities for student non-members to Pay as You Go.

The Just Play programme is also available to non-members, which offers pay as you play sessions at selected times. 


Are there direct debit options available for students?

There are no direct debit options available for student UoN Sport and Fitness Membership. 

After a extensive consultation exercise, UoN Sport identified price as the most important factor for our students when purchasing their membership.

Monthly payment plans would mean an increase in price overall, hence are not offered to ensure the best value for money for our students. We will continue to review options for our membership on a regular basis.

As a Student Sport and Fitness Member, can I link direct relatives to my membership?

Student Sport and Fitness Members may add up to three direct relatives to their membership at any one time. These direct relatives will pay the same annual membership fee as the student member. 

Direct relatives include spouses, parents, siblings and co-habiting partners. 

Enrolment must be completed at any of our sports centres - the current sports and fitness member must be present.

Can I bring my children with me to the sports facilities?

Yes, children of our Student Sport and Fitness Members are welcome at all our facilities.

 When accompanied by the member, under 16s may use the facility on a £2.50 pay-per-play basis. 

How do I book / cancel a class or court booking?
You can book, cancel or amend bookings online or by telephoning +44 (0)115 74 87000.
I have tried to book a class, but it says I have a restriction. What does this mean?

Members who fail to cancel their activity more than 2 hours in advance, or who do not attend their activity without cancelling, will have to pay a £6.50 charge or a 14-day booking ban will be applied to their account.  

You will be unable to book any activities until this charge has been paid, or until the 14-day period has passed. Members can pay outstanding charges on their online account by clicking on the ‘bills and payment’ option, or by calling 0115 74 87000.

When can I use the David Ross Sports Village swimming pool?
Access to the David Ross Sports Village swimming pool is included in your Sport and Fitness Membership. Please check our opening times for pool availability and swimming times for general members.
Are swimming lessons available and how can I book? 
Yes, we offer a range of swimming lessons for students and staff as well as children. Please click here for more details and how you can book. 
Is the climbing wall included in the UoN Sport and Fitness Membership?
Use of the David Ross Sports Village climbing wall is included in student UoN Sport and Fitness Memberships. All climbers must either attend an induction or complete a self-declaration form before climbing without an instructor. For more information, including classes and club timetables, please click here
I'd like to book the 3G pitch - does everyone playing also need to have a membership?
Members may book the 3G pitch at a discounted rate - please see our member activities page for more details and how to book.
How can I connect my phone to the fitness suite equipment?
All our fitness suites use the Life Fitness LFconnect app to enable you to track your work out and access personalised programmes. For more information and to download, click here

Do I need a UoN Sport and Fitness Membership if I am part of an Intramural (IMS) league?

A UoN Sport and Fitness Membership is not required for Intramural (IMS) sports leagues. Your team entry fee covers this cost. 

The exception to this is badminton, squash and table tennis weekly leagues where a UoN sport and fitness membership is required. 


If I have a disability or long-term medical condition, what additional support can I access?

Students who have a disability or long term medical condition may be entitled to a 50% reduction in membership fees, please contact the Disability Support Team for more information. 

How can I cancel my Sport and Fitness Membership?

Student members may request to cancel their sports and fitness membership via our online form. Please note that you may only cancel in the following circumstances:

  • if membership has been purchased less than 14 days before cancellation request
  • if you are withdrawing from your studies / employment at The University of Nottingham
  • if for medical reasons, you are not currently able to use the sports and fitness facilities

If you have taken advantage of the membership within this period, you will be charged on a pro-rata basis.


Whom do I contact if I have further questions or feedback on the UoN Sport and Fitness Membership and facilities?

Please send an email to and we will be happy to answer your query. 


University of Nottingham Sport

David Ross Sports Village
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0)115 74 87000