Access your home university gym with BUCS UNIversal!


Access over 50 other university gyms nationwide with our annual student and staff membership!

  • The University of Portsmouth has signed up to a new exciting partnership, led by British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS)
  • Students and staff who purchase our annual membership will be able to access a network of over 50 university gyms nationwide
  • Carry on with your training when you travel home during vacation time through UNIversal, helping to keep you active!

We’re excited to break the news about our amazing new partnership with 50 other universities throughout the UK! Any student or staff member who holds a 12-month / annual membership with us, can access the university gym at partner sites for free!

UNIversal from BUCS has officially launched this September, and will provide our members the benefit of carrying on their fitness regime over the vacation periods – and at no additional cost!

British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) is the national governing body for Higher Education sport in the UK. They support and promote the lifestyle and educational benefits to communities and individuals of taking part in sport, and provide outstanding opportunities to all students to engage in sport and related activity in higher education.

For more information, a FAQ and full details about the UNIversal partnership, please visit the BUCS website

Which other universities are taking part in this partnership?

The following universities have signed up to the BUCS UNIversal partnership. If you have a student 12-month / annual membership with us, you can access the university gym at the following sites:


Bournemouth University

Brunel University

Buckinghamshire New University

Canterbury Christ Church University

City, University of London

Coventry University

De Montfort University

Edge Hill 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

Newman University

Northumbria University

Nottingham Trent University

Oxford Brookes University

Royal Holloway, University of London

Sheffield Hallam University

Staffordshire University

St Mary’s University

University College London

University of Bradford

University of Bristol

University of Cambridge

University of Chichester

University of Derby

University of East London

University of Edinburgh

University of Essex

University of Exeter

University of Glasgow

University of Gloucestershire

University of Hertfordshire

University of Hull

University of Kent

University of Leeds

University of Leicester

University of Lincoln

University of Liverpool

University of Manchester

University of Nottingham

University of Plymouth

University of Roehampton

University of Sheffield

University of Southampton

University of South Wales

University of Stirling

University of Surrey

University of Sussex

University of Warwick

UWE Bristol

University of Winchester

University of York

List last updated 24th September 2018

I’m a University of Portsmouth student or staff member and have an annual membership with you – how can I access this benefit?

  • Call into one of our reception areas at Spinnaker Sports Centre or St Paul’s Gym
  • Speak to our reception team about UNIversal who will tell you all you need to know
  • They will issue you an additional UNIversal gym membership card
  • When visiting a partner university, simply show them your UNIversal gym membership card, along with your Student/Staff ID

Can I still purchase an annual membership to take advantage of this offer?

Yes! Our £99 12-month Health and Fitness Membership includes:

  • Unlimited Gym Access
  • Unlimited Fitness Classes
  • Unlimited Racket Sports (tennis, squash, badminton and table tennis)
  • NEW: UNIversal BUCS Partnership: access any of the 40 partner university gyms nationwide
  • NEW: Complimentary account to our new app ‘UOP Gym’ to help you log workouts and track progress – worth £70!
  • Instantly book classes or sessions using our free app ‘UOP Sport’
  • Discounted use of sports halls, courts and pitches
  • Access to Get Active, Stay Active ‘drop-in’ sports sessions
  • Student-focused with a central campus location

Click to purchase our £99 Annual Membership!

I’m studying at another university and I have a membership with them – how can I access the University of Portsmouth St Paul’s Gym?

  • Before visiting us, please ask about obtaining your UNIversal gym membership card at your university sports facility
  • When visiting, please bring both your UNIversal gym membership card, and your University Student ID
  • Please note: during vacation times we are open at reduced times: Mon – Fri: 7.30am – 9.00pm / Weekends: 8.30am – 1.30pm

I have a different type of membership, can I still access this benefit?

  • This offer is only for students and staff who have purchased a 12-month / annual membership with us or annual membership at a partner university.
  • This offer is not valid for 6-month memberships, monthly direct debit memberships, or Get Active Stay Active memberships.

For more information, a FAQ and full details about the UNIversal partnership, please visit the BUCS website

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