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Top sporty unis... as voted by students [2012-13]

Want to study a sports-related degree, join a sports team or simply keep yourself fit? We asked students to tell us how sporty their university is. Here are the top performers...


We surveyed almost 10,000 current students to find out first-hand how they rate their university on a whole range of characteristics, including sport, politics and local nightlife. By sporty we're talking unis with a large number of sports teams, clubs and societies on offer. Here are the results – plus a little taster of what each uni could offer you...

1. Loughborough University

Did you know...

  • The Uni was chosen by the British Olympic Association as the training base and official preparation camp for Team GB in the run-up to the London 2012 Games
The sports facilities are amazing. There are so many options available, all day. First Year Sports Science Student

Find out more about what students think of Loughborough University.

2. University of Bath

Did you know...

  • Bath Uni has 48 different sports clubs on offer, ranging from athletics and hockey to water polo and American football
  • The £30 million Sports Training Village offers some of the best sports facilities in the UK
Find out more about what students think of Bath University.

3. University of Stirling

Did you know...

  • The uni’s sports clubs include the mountaineering club, urban dance and octopush, an underwater hockey club 

The sports facilities are fantastic, with an Olympic size swimming pool, gym, running track and several ball sport pitches including grass and Astroturf. Fourth Year Politics Student

Find out more about what students think of Stirling University.

4. Brunel University

Did you know...

  • For those who want to get involved with sport on a more flexible basis, the Active Brunel programme offers sport and fitness sessions designed for all abilities 

Sport facilities are really good and there is a club for almost any sport that you can join and be a part of. Second Year Business Student
Find out more about what students think of Brunel University.

5. Durham University

Did you know...

  • College sports plays a big part in uni life, with a participation of 90% in the College Sport Programme
  • The university enables students to promote sport in the local community with volunteering schemes at local schools and clubs

Find out more about what students think of Durham University.

6. Leeds Metropolitan University

Did you know...

  • Olympic gold medallist, Jessica Ennis, uses the Carnegie Sports Centre on a regular basis to receive expert javelin coaching from the uni’s senior coach and former Olympian, Mick Hill

Sports facilities are very good, plenty of sports clubs and a large gym which is discounted for students. There’s also lots of outdoor space around the uni halls. First Year Agricultural Sciences Student

Find out more about what students think of Leeds Metropolitan University

7. Cardiff Metropolitan University

Did you know...

  • The university has a range of specialist facilities for sports such as a strength and conditioning room and the National Indoor Athletics Centre
  • Cardiff is host to a number of sporting venues including the Millennium Stadium 

Find out more about what students think of Cardiff Metropolitan University.

8. University of Chichester

Did you know...

  • The uni runs an adventure sports clubs, with activities like climbing, bouldering and kayaking on offer

Sport is a big part of university life and whether you are studying a sports degree or not there is always something to get involved in. First Year Social Sciences Student

Find out more about what students think of the University of Chichester.

9. University of Birmingham 

Did you know...

  • London 2012’s Team Jamaica, including Usain Bolt, trained at the University ahead of the Olympic games 
  • You can participate in sports in a number of ways, from club membership to outdoor pursuit weekends or volunteering 

Find out more about what students think of the University of Birmingham.

10. University of Dundee

Did you know...

  • The uni has a wide range of exciting sports facilities, from its state-of-the-art gym and new dance studios to a specialist combat studio for boxing and martial arts
  • Surrounded by rivers and lochs, Dundee is a great place to go if you’re keen on watersports. The University has a Water Activities Centre on the River Tay

Find out more about what students think of the University of Dundee.

11. Northumbria University

Did you know...

  • Northumbria’s new state-of-the-art gym includes a sprint track, golf simulator and squash court

Sports facilities are spectacular - great gym and plenty of activities such as climbing to partake in. First Year Maths Student

Find out more about what students think of Northumbria University.

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