Health and Wellbeing

Keeping active

  • An improved mood and sense of wellbeing
  • A better night’s sleep
  • Reduced stress/anxiety
  • Healthier skin

Long-term benefits

  • Increased energy and motivation
  • Improved academic performance Beneficial effects of exercise on academic performance [DOCX 16.19KB]
  • Better body shape/weight and confidence
  • Improved strength and fitness levels
  • Reduced chances of heart disease, diabetes and stroke
  • Opportunity to socialise & meet new people
  • Increased resilience for dealing with stressful situations

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. While it can be challenging at first, it will become both rewarding and enjoyable quickly if you stick at it. The NHS provides tips for novices to get started, as well as a quiz to help you work out which sport is right for you.

There are plenty of opportunities to exercise while at Sussex. Which will you try?

The Fitness Room


There are lots of opportunities to get involved. Find out about membership and group exercise classes, visit the gym or book onto one of our courses. Our student social sport programme, Active US, offers low-cost, drop-in activities: including volleyball; football; badminton and much more!

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Local sports' groups

Brighton & Hove is a great city in which to lead a healthy, active lifestyle. Brighton and Hove Council provide an extensive list of opportunities for local sports and activities including the location of clubs and leisure centres

Swimming pool


Sussexsport offer £1 swims all year round for University of Sussex students and staff at local pools. A valid University of Sussex ID card must be presented to pool staff at every session. Please check the general/adult swim times at the centres to plan your visits. Find out more about participating pools.

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Students' Union sports clubs

Get involved with one of the sports clubs in the Students' Union. There is a huge range of sports on offer, so whether you're interested in football, cricket, trampolining, or even Ultimate Frisbee, Surf or Snow, there'll be a club for you. There's even the opportunity to set up your own sports club if your preferred sport isn't already catered for.

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If you’re feeling really ambitious, you could consider training for the Brighton Marathon.


Walking and running

Take a walk or a run around the campus. Perfect for a gap between lectures! Find out more, including maps of routes around campus, from the walk/run webpage. Active US also offer free twice-weekly running sessions for students during term time.

It’s also worth having a look at the NHS Couch to 5K scheme, which provides support and guidance for those wishing to take up running.

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Student Societies

Some Students' Union societies also offer opportunities to get active including a variety of styles of dancing, walking and cheerleading. Have a look at the current list of societies for ideas.

Volleyball game


Active US (Sussexsport’s social sport programme for students) offers beach volleyball sessions at Yellowave in Brighton. You can also book to play there

Bike route sign


Try cycling into campus (if you live off campus) or into Brighton (if you live on campus).

There are showers on campus and, if you feel safer cycling with others, have a look at the Biketrain website for a fun way to cycle in to uni.