Whether you're a sporting superfan or fitness fanatic, or just looking to socialise and keep active, our student clubs and facilities have you covered.

For the keenest among you, our sport and active wellbeing strategy sets out our master plan to create a happier, healthier York. Dig in.

University of York Cycling Club.

Uni and college sport

No matter your ability, you can choose from over 70 student clubs to join – cheerleading to fencing, skydiving to triathlon, potholing to rowing, surfing to volleyball, sailing to American football.

York’s College Sport system gives you another inclusive, affordable route into playing for fun, improving your skills with coaching, or competing against other York colleges.

The Uni football team has been a highlight of my time here. The sporting variety means you can try things out – or even compete at a high level. There’s a brilliant social life to match, a great atmosphere within the clubs. I’ve made friends for life, and I’ve loved every minute.

Tom, MPhys Physics

Events and competitions

As a York student, you’ll be spoiled for choice as a punter or a player. Our sporting highlights include:

  • College Varsity (York versus Durham): The only inter-university college competition in the UK.
  • Roses (York versus Lancaster): The largest inter-university competition in Europe.

Gyms and facilities

Our award-winning facilities are recognised as some of the best in the region, used by elite athletes and national teams.

A 120-station fitness suite. Floodlit 3G pitches. A competition-standard pool. Squash and tennis courts. An athletics stadium. A strength and conditioning suite. An Olympic-sized outdoor velodrome. 39 acres of grass playing fields. York Sport Centre. York Sport Arena. York Sport Village. There's a lot.

Explore facilities at York Sport

Volleyball is truly inclusive and accessible, and introduced me to diverse nationalities, ages and skill levels. I’ve developed my leadership skills, and travelled to national competitions. As an Italian student, I’ve benefitted from the close-knit international community at York.

Sofia, BA Politics, Philosophy and Economics