Welcome to sports and activity services at the University of Brighton. Sport Brighton looks to get you active, make friends and try new things. See below signposting to our various services and guides as well as our six tips on starting univeristy life at Brighton.
Sport Brighton's Top Six Things to Try
Universities are great places for developing you, not just your studies but your friendships, interests and hobbies too. Below is a quick guide to six things you should think about trying to throw yourself into university life and get the most from your time here.
1: Try a new sport or activity | From Archery to Volleyball
There is loads to choose from. Check out the Parklife and Student Club links above and take your pick of activities happening on a campus near you. Activities differ greatly. All Parklife activities are open to all, from never played to regular participant. Student clubs range from novice to performer. Some compete, some just meet up and have a go and others do a mixture of the two. With Parklife activities mostly costing just £1 and student clubs being subsidised it’s a great opportunity to try one or many new things. Probably the best deal going is our fantastic £1 Parklife swim offer, that's right, just £1 to swim and it's 7 days a week. Need help traveling between the various sites? Check out this guide to travel. Sport Brighton offers shower facilities for those that cycle too.
2: Get your skates on | Ice skating at Brighton Pavilion through Parklife
Get the date in your diary, Monday 18th November is skate night! This is our most popular Parklife event and sees us take over the temporary ice rink outside the iconic Brighton Pavilion. With early bird tickets starting at just £6 including your skate hire this is a great fun way to 'break the ice' with all your new fellow students. Tickets on sale now, this has sold out every year so don't miss out. There are two slots available to choose from 18.45 and 20.00 giving you around an hour on the ice. Enjoy a drink after at the refreshments bar on site.
3. Freshers' Fair | Informative and don't forget the freebees
The best way to navigate your way around all the university has to offer can be found at Brighton SU's main Freshers Fairs. There is one at Eastbourne and one at Brighton. Student clubs and societies will have stalls so you can ask all your questions and find out more about them. Student support services such as computing, libraries, student support as well as ourselves are also there. Whilst the lure of freebees at the commercial stall holders are great make sure you take the time to visit the services that will be there to support you throughout the year. You'll potentially find out invaluable information to save you time, money and benefit your wellbeing.
4. Get to know your campus | Try the Actionbound Campus Welcome
The university has lots of services to help you get the most from your studies. Knowing where to get support can be useful...or equally where to get a cup of your favourite drink when deadlines are looming! There are lots of useful places to know about on your campus (including sports facilities). The best and most fun way to get to know your campus is by taking part in the Actionbound Campus Welcome. Download the Actionbound App and have fun navigating your way around campus doing various challenges as you go. Even better is there are prizes and goodies for those that take part. See the pop up banners around your campus for the QR code to activate your campus challenge. Available from 20th September.
5. Find some balance | Make time for you
Sport Brighton offers a range of classes at the university. If you want some mindfulness then try some Yoga or Pilates. If some heart pumping activity gets your endorphins going then why not give Spin (a static cycling class) a go. All are instructor led and geared at anyone and everyone. Each class can be tailored to challenge both beginner and regular class attendee. There is no need to be a member, you can pay as you go. Classes can get busy at the start of term so if what you want to do is already booked up take the opportunity to try something else or look back once term and settled down. You can book online using your student login 48 hours in advance or seven days if you are a member. If gym is more your thing then our membership packages offers great value (£140 a year or £13.50 a month for students) and some great kit to boot. Pop in to one of our centres at Falmer, Moulsecoomb or Eastbourne. Your membership works in all our gyms so great if you are moving about the campuses. We're excited that we are also part of the Big Build project in Moulsecoomb where we will have a lovely new gym opening in 2021. BETWEEN 02 SEPTEMBER - 04 OCTOBER YOU CAN GET OUR ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP FOR JUST £109. SEE HERE FOR DETAILS.
6. Get involved | Volunteer or work for us
All our programmes are supported by our volunteers and staff team. Sport offers a great way to improve your employability and skill set. Sport Brighton offers a range of mentoring and development programmes relating to this. See our Volunteer and Jobs section for details. Don't discount yourself because you are new and a first year you can get involved in volunteering or working for us at any point in your University of Brighton journey. If you are passionate about an activity we don't offer then why not help us to deliver this activity to your fellow students. Check out Polo Club founder Luke's experiences of the first weeks and beyond and how he seized an opportunity to get involved.