Staying healthy on campus

First and foremost, here at City, we want our students to be happy. So before anything else, making sure you are healthy in both body and mind is a really important part of university life. There is so much that you can do right here on campus that you don’t have to go far to stay fit and healthy, and get any support you might need.

City Sport

As it’s the largest student sports facility in central London, you’re spoilt for choice with the range of classes and facilities offered to you at CitySport.

If you want to increase your fitness, build muscle or tone up, our gym offers equipment to support all goals and exercises. Not sure where to start, we have Gym Instructors on hand to motivate, teach and assist with all fitness goals and personal aspirations.

Working out in the gym not your thing? There are daily classes which cover everything from yoga to HIIT and Jamaican dance hall to Zumba.

If you just want to play a casual game with you friends, you can book out our sports hall (the size of six badminton courts) and one of our five studios.

Find out more about CitySport on our website:


If you’re interested in trying out a new sport or just want a fun way to keep fit, CityActive is the programme for you. For all of our CityActive sports, you don’t need to have any previous experience and it’s a great way to learn new skills and make new friends in a fun and friendly environment.

No weekly commitment is required, so all you need to do is turn up with student ID and pay to play. We’re currently running badminton, basketball fencing and volleyball. Which will you try first?

On ya bike

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Guidelines state that as adults, we should do 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week to stay healthy. Using your commute to and from university is an easy way to cover some of that time and cycling is great option.

We have three Santander Cycle docking stations near campus, where you can hire a bike for as little as £2. If you have invested in your own bike, we have regular visits to campus from the bike doctor, where you can get your bike checked and serviced for free. Check out when they’re next on campus here.

Eating right

We’re sure you’ve heard it all before, but maintaining a healthy diet is really important. We’re not trying to make you miss out on all your favourite foods, because we all like to indulge on a burger every now and again. But we do have options on campus if you fancy something a little bit healthier.

Our catering offers a well-stocked salad bar where you can get a bowl of nutritious goodness for as little as £2.50. Main meals are well balanced and also include a fish of the day to help you top up on your omega 3.

If you fancy straying off campus, you can head over to local food markets in Exmouth and Whitecross, where you can find small, specialist stalls selling artisan food to hungry Londoners. They both offer healthy options with the chance to eat alfresco and take in some fresh air.

Student Services

We have a range of services that can support you through various issues that you may encounter during your time at university. No problem is too big or small, we’re always here to talk if you need us. Some of our services include:

· Student Counselling and Mental Health Service — We can offer you confidential and emotional support on any personal or academic problem.

· Student Health Service — We have a full-time Nurse Advisor who can offer advice on minor illnesses, accidents and general health matters. We also can help you register with a doctor or a dentist, and can give you information on alcohol and drugs, meningitis, mental health, sexual health and quitting smoking.

· Disability Support — We offer support by working with students with physical or sensory disabilities and long term medical conditions to identify reasonable adjustments which will enhance the learning experience of students, giving them the opportunity to gain qualifications which fully reflect their capabilities.

Escape to the outdoors

Take a break between lectures and studying by simply step outside. Research shows that breathing in fresh air and being outdoors can boost your energy and your immune system.

Get away from the books or computer screen by heading up to the lovely Drysdale Garden. You’ll find some cows and sheep up there too (unfortunately they’re not real). Or just take a walk around the block to get your legs moving and clear your mind, even if it’s just for a couple of minutes.

Make your hobbies healthy

Joining a club or society is a great way to kill two birds with one stone; do something you enjoy whilst being active. And it’s not just sport, there are some societies that will get you moving, too. Here’s a handful to give you an idea:

· Beekeeping

· Squash

· Dance

· Hockey

· Inside Out (physical and mental wellbeing)

· American football

· Mountaineering

· Futsal

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