For many students, sport is a defining factor in their overall student experience while at Exeter. We have one of the very highest sporting participation rates of any UK University, with huge numbers of students participating in sport and physical recreation. There is something for everyone and we encourage all students to get involved, whether you’re a future Olympian or just interested in trying a new sport for the first time.

This page mostly concerns sport at our Exeter campuses, information about sports on the Penryn Campus is available on the FXPlus website.

The Athletic Union is the organisation responsible for administering student sport at Exeter. Throughout Fresher’s Week there will be a wide range of sporting activities and taster sessions taking place. Most of these are completely free of charge so make sure you get involved and try out something new! See the Athletic Union Handbook in your Welcome Pack for details of these sessions.

The University of Exeter has 49 student-led Sports Clubs, ranging from the more traditional Cricket, Rugby and Hockey to the more unusual Jiu Jitsu, Sub Aqua and Speleology (caving). All clubs are open to everyone, regardless of your ability or previous experience. The University of Exeter competes against other HE institutions in British Universities and Colleges Sports (BUCS) competition. Of the 145 institutions that competed in BUCS competition last year, Exeter finished in 8th position. That many of the institutions above us in this table have a significantly higher number of students to draw upon is further testament to our sporting pedigree.

Intramural Sport offers students a chance to take part in fun, recreational sports leagues and to compete once per week against other student teams. Although leagues are competitive, a strong emphasis is based on fun and no ability is needed. To ensure leagues remain competitive, restrictions are placed on the number of students allowed in each team who compete for higher University teams in that sport.

The Sports Volunteering Scheme offers students the chance to coach a sport of their choice to children in local primary and secondary schools and is a great way to enhance your CV and increase your employability. The scheme also offers students the chance to claim up to £10 per volunteering hour to cover the cost of completing formal coaching qualifications.

Students have access to excellent sports facilities on both our Exeter and Cornwall campuses. A variety of subsidised Sports Park memberships are available to suit student’s individual sporting habits.

More than £8million is currently being invested in sports facilities at the Streatham Sports Park. The development plans promise the latest technical innovations alongside state of the art facilities. More details can be found on the Sports website.

If you have any queries about sport at Exeter please contact the Athletic Union at We look forward to welcoming you to Exeter Sport soon!