New students

A big welcome to all new Imperial students

A day in the life of Sport Imperial

A day in the life of Sport Imperial

A big welcome to all new Imperial students from Sport Imperial! Sport forms a big part of university life here at Imperial, and whether you love to play sport, watch sport or write about sport - there will always be something here for you to get involved in! You can:

  • Join the gym
  • Attend group classes
  • Participate in our Be Active events
  • Join a sports club
    and more besides!

Key information for new students 2018/19

Gym memberships

Student memberships run annually from 1 September – 31 August, and there are two memberships types to choose from.

There will be a £30 annual membership fee for students wishing to use the gym and swimming pool. 

Students who don't want to use the gym or pool can register as a 'Basic' member. From 1 September 2018, basic members will be required to sign up annually. 

Charges apply for all other activities. Please visit the Ethos prices page for detailed information about prices, opening hours and bookings. 

Student memberships
 Imperial Student 'Basic' ( available from 1 September 2018)Imperial Student Gym and Swim (available from 1 September 2018)
Cost  Free £30 annual fee
Access to Ethos centre and ability to book activities 
 Yes Yes
Access to swimming pool, sauna, steam room and spa
 No Yes
Access to Sport Imperial gyms 
 No Yes
Can be used with unlimited class or Active Imperial bolt on 
 Yes Yes

In order to register and use the centre you must complete the following:

  1. Register details online
  2. Watch building orientation
  3. Complete Health Commitment Survey (HCS)
  4. Pay any required fees for your chosen membership type

You will then be registered and will need your College ID Card to enter the centre and access the facilities you are entitled to use as part of your membership type. 

White city campus

From 1 September 2018 students studying at White City Campus (Medical and Chemistry only) will be able to access a gym membership at Westway Sports Centre for a £30 annual fee; the membership is inclusive of gym and group fitness classes. Students who opt to take the Westway membership will be unable to use the Ethos Gym, however you will have free access to the swimming pool and other Ethos facilities at the student rate. Visit the facilities page for more information about joining the Westway Sports Centre.

Ethos – classes and prices

Students also get discounted rates on the other facilities and services at Ethos. See the full range of activities and prices


Once you have registered as a member at Ethos, you are then eligible upgrade your membership by adding bolt ons. Students can choose between unlimited group class bolt on or Active Imperial.* Purchase of bolt ons can be completed using the Ethos Online Membership System.

Unlimited Classes bolt on:

  • Imperial students - £14.50 per month

Active Imperial bolt on:

  • £15 per term
  • Discounted classes - £2/class

*Terms and conditions apply - read the Ethos student membership page for full details.

Book classes and activities online

Once you have registered at Ethos, you can book your classes and activities (squash, court hire etc.) on the Ethos online booking system

Ethos opening hours:




Monday to Friday

07.00 – 22.00

07.00 – 20.00

Saturday and Sunday

08.00 – 20.00

08.00 – 16.00

Bank holidays (May & Aug)


09.00 – 17.00

College Closure Days



Visit our facilities page to view the opening hours across our other sites.

Be Active – recreational sport

We have loads of opportunities for those seeking to get fit without commiting to the rigours of club training. Find out more information using the links below.

Join a sports club or team

Your best opportunity to speak to a sports club and find out more about joining is at the Freshers' Fair on Tuesday 2 October. 

Club team trials will take place on Wedneday 3 October. You can view the trial information on the webpage.

Freshers' week events

Below are some of the highlights of our Welcome Week sports events. 

Monday 1 October – – discover your Imperial at this interactive welcome event

Tuesday 2 October - Freshers' Fair - come find us at the Sport Imperial Stand

Wednesday 3 October - Sports Trials - your chance to make it onto the a team

Sunday 7 October –  – A free day to try out this mixed minimal contact sport.

North Acton residents

Students who live at Woodward Building or The Costume Store can also get access to iGym, a private gym and studio based in the Woodward complex in addition to the Ethos membership.

An iGym membership is £40 a year.

Applying for iGym and Ethos membership

Step 1: Visit iGym with your College ID and register there.

Step 2: Pay the £40 iGym membership and follow their induction processes.

Step 3: Once you have registered at iGym, visit Ethos at the South Kensington Campus with proof of your iGym membership and access to Ethos gym, swim and facilities will be granted.