Health and Wellbeing

Keeping active

Find out about the benefits of staying active through exercise and activities.

What are the benefits of keeping active?

Being active is good for your mind and body.

Exercise can:

  • improve your sleep
  • reduce stress and anxiety
  • provide opportunities to socialise and meet people
  • boost your energy and motivation
  • help maintain a healthy weight
  • improve your mood and wellbeing
  • improve academic performance
  • improve strength and fitness levels
  • reduce your risk of developing major illnesses

Whether you’ve done much exercise before or not, university is the perfect time to get started with a whole range of ways to get fit and active. It can be challenging at first, but will quickly become rewarding and enjoyable if you stick at it. Keep reading to find out about opportunities at Sussex.

Find information about other ways to improve your wellbeing.


Sources of information

Find NHS tips and advice on getting active.

Find NHS guidance on how much exercise to aim for.

Student Space: ten tips to get moving.


Opportunities at Sussex

Sports centres

Sussexsport is the University’s sports service, offering two on-campus gyms, group exercise classes and courses, sports halls, tennis courts and pitches.

You can chose from a selection of great value memberships for University of Sussex students.

Find out more.

Active US

Active US is our social sports programme - designed for students, by students. 

If you’re new to sport or want to try something different, check out our weekly wellbeing activities during term time - with no commitment, no membership and no experience needed.

Take part in casual social sessions, join our development groups or have some friendly competition in our weekly leagues; whatever you choose there's plenty of opportunity to play and progress.

Find out more.

Swimming deal

Students can swim for £1 at the King Alfred, Prince Regent and St Luke's pools in Brighton & Hove.

Just show your University of Sussex ID card at every swim to receive your discount.

Find out more.


Students' Union opportunities

Sports Clubs

There are over 40 Students’ Union sports clubs to choose from, for a wide range of skill levels.

Find out more about Students’ Union sports clubs.


Many of the Students’ Union societies offer opportunities to be active as well as socialise.

Find out more about Students’ Union societies.


Local opportunities

Boys with skateboards

Local facilities

You can use a wide range of sport and leisure facilities in Brighton & Hove, including swimming pools, sports centres, skate parks, table tennis tables and climbing walls.

Find information about sports facilities in Brighton and Hove.

Swimming pool


Students can swim for £1 at the King Alfred, Prince Regent and St Luke's pools in Brighton & Hove.

Just show your University of Sussex ID card at every swim to receive your discount.

Find out more.

Trans* Swimming Brighton

Trans* Swimming Brighton is a friendly, welcoming space for anyone whose gender expression has been keeping them from swimming.

Wednesdays 8.30-9.30pm at St Luke’s Swimming Pool.


Brighton Marathon image

Brighton Marathon and Half Marathon

Whether you’re an experienced runner, or want to take on a new challenge, Brighton Marathon and Half Marathon offer a range of races to take part in, from 10k to the full marathon.

Find out more about Brighton Marathon

Find out more about Brighton Half Marathon


Walking and running

Our campus is a great place to walk and run. Find out about walking and running routes around campus and take part in group running sessions.

Through Active US you can join runs on campus for beginners, people doing Couch to 5k and experienced runners. Find out more.

The South Downs National Park and South Downs Way National Trail offer brilliant walking opportunities, and are on our doorstep.

Find NHS tips for getting started with running.

Couch to 5K is a great way to begin running. Find out more.

Volleyball game


There are a few ways that you can play volleyball in Brighton.

Active US (Sussexsport’s social sport programme for students) offers beach volleyball sessions at Yellowave in Brighton.

You can also book to play at Yellowave independently. Find out more.

You can book the volleyball court on Brighton seafront for a special student rate April-September, and it’s free out of season. Find out more

Bike route sign


Cycling is a great way to get active, improve your health, save you money, and reduce your carbon footprint.  Why not try cycling to campus or town, rather than getting the bus?

If you don’t have your own bike, you can borrow one through the BTN bikeshare scheme.

We have lots of facilities on campus to make cycling convenient, including bike parking, shower facilities and bike maintenance support. Find out more.

Find cycle safety information for riding in Brighton and Hove.

Find out about cycle lanes in Brighton.

Find cycling skills training and maintenance courses.