Students playing basketball

Do you feel you are less physically active since you started university? You’re not the only one – many students find themselves in the same position.

It is vital to stay healthy and fit while at the College so you can enjoy your time here and have the best chance of achieving academic success.

benefits and top tips

Benefits of keeping active and healthy at university

  • Better sense of wellbeing;
  • Better sleep;
  • Stress reduction;
  • Relaxation;
  • More motivation and energy;
  • Improved academic performance; 
  • Improved strength and fitness levels;
  • Reduced risk of later life heart disease, diabetes and stroke;
  • Opportunities to socialise and meet new people;
  • Increased resilience for dealing with stressful situations.

Top tips for keeping fit at Imperial

  • Use the free facilities situated at each campus;
  • Get a bike and cycle to work or lectures;
  • Take the stairs, not the lift;
  • Sit on a stability ball while working at your desk;
  • Go for a walk at lunchtime - don't just sit at your computer;
  • Wear a pedometer to keep track of your daily steps. Try to walk 10,000 steps per day;
  • Join a sports, outdoor or performance Club or Society, see a full list on the Imperial College Union A-Z;
  • You can find out more about staying healthy and active at the Change 4 Life website.

There are many societies, sports clubs, gyms, and other groups that you can join during your time at the College. Find out more about student sport at Imperial, or see a complete list of clubs, societies and projects from Imperial College Union.

All Imperial students are entitled to free gym and swim at Ethos, a facility with gym equipment, a 25 metre swimming pool, squash courts, climbing wall and treatment rooms. There is a £40 one-off gym induction fee for students, and then it's free for gym and swim for the duration of your time at Imperial.

There are lots of ways for you to be active. The important thing about exercise is to find something that suits you and that you enjoy. If you see physical activity as something you don’t like doing, then naturally you’ll avoid it.

That said, there’s always the possibility of finding something you’ve never thought of before – try something new, and you may find a hidden talent.