You don’t have to be a sports champion to stay healthy at Sussex. Find out about the different options open to you.

Getting active locally

Brighton & Hove is a great city in which to lead a healthy, active lifestyle.

Local sports groups

See details of sports and activities run by the council, including the location of clubs and leisure centres.

Active US

Active US is a social sports programme designed for students, by students. If you’re new to sport or just want to try something different, check out the weekly activities during term time. No commitment, no membership and no experience needed. Take part in casual social sessions, join development groups, or have some friendly competition in the weekly leagues.

Walking and running

You can take a walk or a run around campus. It’s green, peaceful and well sign-posted.

Active US offers free twice-weekly running sessions for students in term time.

Also look at the NHS Couch to 5K scheme if you want to start running.

If you want to take it easy, there’s plenty of woodland to explore in Stanmer Park, next to campus, and a café in Stanmer village.


You can try cycling into campus if you live in town or cycling into Brighton if you live on campus.

There are showers on campus and plenty of places to lock your bike.


You can swim for £1 at local Freedom Leisure and Wave Leisure pools in Brighton & Hove, Lewes, Ringmer, Newhaven and Seaford.

Just take your student ID card with you.


Active US offers beach volleyball sessions at Yellowave in Brighton. You can also book to play there independently.

Benefits of staying active

Being active has many benefits beyond staying in shape and looking healthy; you’ll enjoy your studies more, feel happier and remain focused when it matters.

Read our reasons for keeping active and things you can do to help.