Use your Sussexsport membership at university gyms across the country

Sussexsport is excited to announce that they are part of a new UNIversal Gym Membership Scheme, launched by British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) this September.

The scheme allows University of Sussex staff and students with annual Sussexsport Gold membership to access over 45 university gyms nationwide for free. So if you're a University of Sussex student but are from Manchester, you don't need to stop being active when you pop home, as your membership will give you access to university gyms in Manchester too, plus many more!

What does the UNIversal Gym Membership offer?

  • Students or staff with Sussexsport annual Gold membership can use the gyms at participating Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) between 1 September and 31 August each year. When using partner university facilities, they will be referred to as ‘tourist’ members.
  • Participating HEIs will outline the exact facilities that tourist members can access, including any restrictions that may be in place. For example, you may not be able to use another university facility that is in close proximity to your full-time university of study or work. 
  • Annual Gold Sussexsport student and staff members will be issued with a UNIversal Gym Membership card if they wish to take up the offer. These can be collected from Sussexsport reception desks from Friday 13 October 2017 onwards: if you’re an annual Gold member, just pop in to reception and ask for a card (if you require your card urgently, let us know).
  • A UNIversal Gym Membership card will need to be shown alongside a valid University of Sussex student/staff photo ID card to gain access to any participating university gyms. Both cards must be shown together at every visit for the membership to be valid.

What are the benefits of signing up to the UNIversal Gym Membership?

  • Students and staff can now be active when they return home or spend time at other participating universities at no extra cost.

What will happen on my first visit to a participating UNIversal Gym?

  • Any tourist member will need to complete a quick health questionnaire at the tourist gym when they make their first visit. Upon satisfactory completion of the form, the tourist member will be free to start using the new facility for no charge. 

Participating universities include:

  • Bournemouth University
  • Brunel University
  • Canterbury Christ Church University
  • City, University of London
  • Coventry University
  • Edge Hill University
  • Edinburgh Napier University
  • Keele University 
  • Kings College London 
  • Kingston University
  • Lancaster University
  • Leeds Beckett University
  • London South Bank University
  • Loughborough University
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Middlesex University
  • Newcastle University
  • Northumbria University
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • Royal Holloway, University of London
  • St Mary's University
  • Staffordshire University 
  • University of Bradford
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Chichester
  • University of Derby
  • University of East London
  • University of Essex
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Gloucestershire
  • University of Hertfordshire 
  • University of Kent
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Lincoln
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Plymouth
  • University of Portsmouth
  • University of Reading
  • University of Roehampton
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Southampton
  • University of Sussex
  • University of Warwick 
  • UWE Bristol

If you currently have a Bronze or Silver Sussexsport membership and want to be eligible for UNIversal Gym Membership, you can easily upgrade to Sussexsport Gold membership, just pop into the Sport Centre or Falmer Sports Complex reception, call 01273 678228, or email

If you upgrade your membership before Sunday 15 October, any price difference in memberships will be charged at our early bird offer rate; after this date, full membership prices will apply. You can find out more information about the benefits of student and staff memberships on the Sussexsport webpages.

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Posted on behalf of: Sussexsport
Last updated: Friday, 29 September 2017