University of Exeter Sport

Some highlights of the fantastic sport on offer at the University of Exeter, the Times and Sunday Times Sports University of the Year 2015-2016.

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Sport and Societies


For some students, sport is a defining factor in their overall university experience, whether this is just for fun, something a bit more competitive, or even just watching and supporting our teams. Whatever your level of sporting ability you’ll have every chance to take part in sport at Exeter using our facilities which are amongst the best in the UK.

Choose from our 50 sports clubs, our intramural sport programme, and a Healthy Halls initiative offering the chance to get involved in activities throughout the region. If you’re interested in coaching, volunteering, or enhancing your CV then you can get involved in our coach education programmes too.

We are consistently in the top 10 in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) rankings, finishing 5th in the 2018/19 table and totalling our highest ever BUCS points. We are currently the No.1 Sports University in the South of England and Wales with more teams supported in 2019/20 we expect more growth and even more points.


In addition to our 200 station fitness suite on the Streatham Campus and 30 station fitness suite on the St Luke’s campus, our excellent facilities at our Exeter campuses include:

  • outdoor all-weather pitches;
  • squash courts;
  • the latest fitness equipment, free-weight areas, watt-bike and dedicated HIIT areas;
  • exercise studios;
  • indoor cricket and tennis centres;
  • sports halls;
  • swimming pools – indoor at St Luke's Campus and outdoor at the Streatham Campus;
  • a fleet of boats at the Roadford RYA Sailing Centre;
  • well-equipped boathouse on the Exeter canal.

See a full list of sports clubs. 

Fitness classes and personal training

Classes include boxercise, spinning, ballet fit and circuits as well as yoga, zumba and pilates. Personal training and fitness testing are also available from highly trained staff. 

High Performance Programme

The programme offers assistance to top level student athletes in a wide range of sports. We also manage 8 focus sports which receive the very best coaching, sports science services, physiotherapy, athlete lifestyle support and strength and conditioning training.

Find out more

Further information on facilities, programmes and scholarships can be found on our Sport website. 

We offer a wide range of student-run sports clubs, ranging from the competitive to recreational and social. Many clubs play in local leagues as well as University-related competitions. SU, our Students’ Union, is registered with British Universities and Colleges Sports (BUCS).

Water sports feature strongly in Cornwall; it’s one of the best places in the country for surfing and sailing and the campus has great links with local water sports providers and clubs, including traditional Cornish gig-rowing clubs. The Cornwall-based surf team has recently enjoyed consistent success in the BUCS surf competitions.


The spacious and modern campus Fitness Centre offers the latest fitness equipment, a free-weights area and a fitness studio. Regular classes include spinning, yoga, pilates, kettle bells, body combat and zumba. You can join as a member or just pay-as-you-go.

Away from the gym, the campus has one- and two-mile running routes and an orienteering route plus a multi-use games area, which offers an all-weather, floodlit facility for 5-a-side football, hockey skills and tennis, for use by students.

Sports clubs

All the SU supported clubs are set up and run each year by students, and change each year to reflect current interests. 

For further information, please see our Penryn Campus Sport Centre page and for a full list of active clubs see the SU website.


Taking part in societies can be one of the most rewarding aspects of your time at university. Not only are societies a great way to meet like-minded people,  but getting involved with the running of them can do wonders for your CV. The societies are overseen by the student unions - the Students' Guild at Exeter and the Falmouth and Exeter Students' Union in Cornwall.

The Students’ Guild supports over 260 societies and student groups in 13 different categories, from academic societies providing course related events and workshops, to groups providing fitness classes and weekend expeditions. With so much choice, there is always something for everyone! They are an opportunity to meet people, experience something new and have fun. And if you can’t find a group for you, it’s just as easy to start a new one!

Student media

Our award-winning student media network is one of the most vibrant in the country. Based on Streatham Campus, X-Media is made up of three student-run media outlets: Xpression FM, Exeposé and XTV, providing Exeter with high quality radio, news and TV shows, respectively. Getting involved with the Guild’s media outlets has proven to be a great springboard for exciting careers for many Exeter graduates – could you be next? To find out more, visit the Student Media webpage

Fundraising and Volunteering

RAG (Raising and Giving) is Exeter’s biggest student fundraising group. Every year, RAG raises tens of thousands of pounds from organising events, fundraising campaigns and international challenges. The committee volunteer valuable amounts of time, energy and enthusiasm to help raise money for local, national and international charities, with over £200,000 for eight different charities last year!

Exeter Student Volunteers (ESV) is one of Exeter’s largest groups, with over 600 volunteers. ESV has been operating for over 40 years and is continuing to grow with ever increasing opportunities in the Exeter area. ESV runs weekly projects and one-off events, giving you plenty of chances to make a difference to your community! You can get involved with anything from running a Kids’ Camp, enjoying tea and cake with the elderly, providing food for the homeless or walking an Elderly Individuals Dog!

The Falmouth and Exeter Students' Union oversees a wide and varied range of clubs and societies based in Penryn. There’s an ever-growing list of student clubs, so if we don’t currently have the one you want, the Students' Union will help you set your own up once you’re here! The full list is available on the Students' Union.

Student media

In Cornwall, students run an online newspaper called the Falmouth Anchor. It attracts contributors from across all the programmes at the Penryn Campus who regularly submit work and it offers the opportunity for ambitious students to showcase their talent while gaining valuable work experience. There are also a range of student-run online and print magazines to get involved with. Find out more on the Student Media page.


Many students' unions around the country have a Raise and Give (RAG) group but in Cornwall the students do things a little differently and so RAD was born - Raise and Donate! RAD has raised thousands of pounds for local, national and internationally recognised charities. The Students' Union also takes pride in its close links with the community and regular partners include The National Trust, Surfers Against Sewage and the Monkey Sanctuary.

But the opportunities vary so widely mainly because it's the students who decide who they volunteer with and fundraise for. Recently this has included Rally 4 Shelterbox and RNLI, as well as an appearance on the BBC's Children in Need. Each year sees increasing numbers of students volunteer; being part of the RAD team gives you the opportunity to make a difference, gain experience, make new friends and boost your CV. For more information please visit the Students' Union website.