Department of Sport

UNIversal Gym Membership

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University of Nottingham is pleased to partner with British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) on the UNIversal Gym scheme.

This programme allows our student and staff UoN sports and fitness members* to access fitness facilities at several different university venues across the UK, completely free-of-charge. Ideal for during university holidays when you return home or even visiting a friend, it's the perfect way to keep up your routine even when you're out of town.

We're also welcoming UNIversal Gym members from other institutions taking part in the scheme to our fitness venues.


University of Nottingham students and staff

  • All students and staff at the University of Nottingham who have a full UoN sports and fitness membership are eligible for a UNIversal Gym membership. This includes One Semester memberships. Please note, returning students will need to have purchased a Top Up membership to have a full 201/22 sports and fitness membership. 
  • For 2021-22 the system is being digitalised. Details on how to to utilise your UNIversal Gym access will be made available shortly.
  • UNIversal Gym members may then visit any of the participating institutions to use their fitness facilities. Please check with each institution before you visit for any access restrictions. 

Visitors to the University of Nottingham

UNIversal Gym Card holders from other participating institutions may access the below at any time during our opening hours and general swim times:

  • David Ross Sports Village fitness suite
  • Jubilee sports centre fitness suite
  • Sutton bonington sports centre fitness suite
  • Access to any facility other than the above is not permitted.
  • Access to facilities may be subject to change dependent on capacity.
Please note, UNIversal Gym memberhsip from Nottingham Trent University may not be used at the University of Nottingham and vice versa. This is due to the close proximity of the two institutions and potential capacity issues. 


Your questions

Please check our frequently asked questions below and if your query isn't answered, please contact our Membership Officer (UoN staff and students) or email BUCS directly (students and staff from other institutions). 

Where do I get my UNIversal gym card from? 

We will be moving from cards to a digitalised version of the membership in 2021. More details on how to sign-up will be available shortly.

Do I have to get my annual gym membership from my university of study/work? 
Yes. The UNIversal Gym membership is only available to you if your annual membership is with your university of study or work.
When is the membership valid until and is this only valid out of term-time?

The 2020-21 membership is valid until 31 August 2021, regardless of which university you are at or when you get a UNIversal Gym membership card. The scheme runs on academic year and not 12 months from the date of collection. 

You can use other universities' facilities during term-time AND during the holiday periods.

Where do I go to find out which facilities I can access?

All universities that are part of the UNIversal Gym Membership can be found here.

At a minimum, all universities are offering access to their gym facilities, some many be offering more. It is your responsibility to check what is available before visiting another university and any pre-booking requirements. 

Why do some universities exclude students / staff from another university accessing their facilities?

This will occur in situations when two universities are in close proximity or in the same city. This restriction is required in order to manage the number of users accessing facilities and potential capacity issues.

University of Nottingham students and staff who hold UNIversal Gym memership will not be able to access facilities at Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham Trent students and staff will not be able to access facilities at the University of Nottingham. 

What can UNIversal Gym members access at the University of Nottingham?

At the University of Nottingham, UNIversal Gym Members may access the fitness suite and swimming pool at David Ross Sports Village, the fitness suite at Jubilee Sports Centre and the fitness suite at Sutton Bonington Sports Centre. Please click here for the opening times of each facility. 

Please ring our reception team on 0115 74 87000 in advance of your visit to make a pre-booking up to 3 days-in-advance.

When you arrive for your session, please head to reception who will ask for your BUCS Universal card and student /staff card before allowing access to your activity.

On your first visit you will also be asked to sign our Health Commitment Statement.

University of Nottingham students and staff who hold UNIversal Gym membership will not be able to access facilities at Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham Trent students and staff will not be able to access facilities at the University of Nottingham. 



University of Nottingham Sport

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

telephone: +44 (0)115 74 87000