Obtaining a sports pass

How to obtain a sports pass 2013 - 2014

We recommend all students apply for a sports pass in advance, before you arrive at the University. 

Flexible payments (by instalments - first semester only) are available for the one year Sport and Activity Pass only. We do not offer flexible payments for the two and three year Sport and Activity Pass. 

Purchasing a Sport and Activity Pass

Our Student Sport and Activity Pass (Peak and Off-Peak membership) provides free access to all centrally managed facilities and Exercise to Music classes.

The Sport and Activity pass is valid until 30th September unless in your final year when it is 31st July. A Sport and Activity pass purchased in the final year is not valid for a full year it is only valid until 31st July when the student Ucard becomes inactive. This also applies to students who purchase a sport pass later in the term, for example a student purchasing a pass in January of their final year will only be able to use it until the 31st July. Students are therefore advised to purchase a Sport and Activity pass as soon as they start their final year to get the most from their Sport and Activity pass.

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Peak Membership

The Peak membership gives you free access to all centrally managed facilities as listed above and Exercise to Music classes (not including Pilates) at any time of the day or evening Monday - Friday (7.00 am. - 10.00 pm), Saturdays (8.00 am - 8.00 pm) and Sundays (8.00 am - 10.00 pm).

If you become a member of a University Sports Focus club you will be required to purchase a Peak membership package.

Note: The Sports Hall and Studios are reserved on Wednesday afternoons for BUCS sport

A Peak membership package includes:

  • Free access to all centrally managed sporting facilities as listed above
  • Free Exercise to Music classes (not including Pilates)
  • Discounted Sports Medicine Clinic services (physiotherapy, osteopathy, sports massage therapy)
  • Discounted indoor and outdoor tennis courts at the University's Coombe Dingle Sports Complex
  • Free Gym induction
  • Free use of the Olympic Weights room at Coombe Dingle Sports Complex (at specified times)
  • Free Strength and Conditioning advice for Focus Sports Clubs

Please note: Students who elect to purchase a Peak membership package cannot downgrade to an Off-peak membership. Please refer to the Membership Terms and Conditions for further information before purchasing a Sport and Activity pass.

Please note purchasing a sport pass by instalments is no longer available.

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On-line payments cannot be made until the 13th September 2013.

Peak membership Fee Length
Four and five year programme £600 - additional payment required year 4 and 5. Online application only - this covers your for the first 3 years of your programme. You will need to re-apply at the end of year 3 to purchase additional years. Please read membership Terms and Conditions before applying.
Three and fourth year programme with a mandatory year away from Bristol £600 Online application only - this covers you for the first 3 years of your programme.  You will need to contact the Membership and Bookings Administrator jo.blackett@bristol.ac.uk at the end of year 3 or before you take study leave away from Bristol where your membership will be transferred to your final year.  Please read membershipTerms and Conditions before applying.
Three year programme £600 Online application only  Please read membership Terms and Conditions before applying.
Two year programme £450 Online application only Please read membership Terms and Conditions before applying.

One year programme (no longer available until Sept 2014)

 

£250 Online application only Please read membership Terms and Conditions before applying.  Online application applies to 1 year Erasmus and Study Abroad Students.
One year programme - payment by instalments (No longer available until Sept 2014)

 

£265 Online application only 1st payment £115 on application, thereafter reoccurring payments taken on 17th January - £100 and 17th April - £50. Please read Membership Terms and Conditions before applying.

Online application also applies to 1 year Erasmus and Study Abroad Students.

 
Two-term sport pass (valid from 3rd Jan 2014 - 30th Sept 2014 (No longer available) £170 Online application only Please read membership Terms and Conditions before applying (No longer available)
Six-month ERASMUS and Study Abroad students £175 Please read membership Terms and Conditions before downloading sport and activity pass application form (pdf 47.0kB)

Off-Peak membership

The Off-Peak membership package still gives you free access to all centrally managed facilities and Exercise to Music classes (not including Pilates) but at restricted times during weekdays. Monday - Friday (7.00 am - 3.30 pm) but with full access Saturdays (8.00 am - 8.00 pm) and Sundays (8.00 am - 10.00 pm).

Note: The Sports Hall and Studios are reserved on Wednesday afternoons for BUCS sport

The Off-Peak membership package includes:


Off-Peak Membership
Fee Length
Four and five year programme £450 - additional payment required year 4 and 5. Online application only - this covers you for the first 3 years of your programme.  You will need to re-apply at the end of year 3 to purchase additional years.  Please read membership Terms and Conditions before applying. 
Three and fourth year programme with a mandatory year away from Bristol £450 Online application only - this covers you for the first 3 years of your programme.  You will need to contact the Membership and Bookings Administrator jo.blackett@bristol.ac.uk at the end of year 3 or before you take study leave away from Bristol where your membership will be transferred to your final year.  Please read membership Terms and Conditions before applying. .
Three year programme £450 Online application only  Please read membership Terms and Conditions before applying.
Two year programme £300 Online application only Please read membership Terms and Conditions before applying.
One year programme (no longer available until Sept 2014) £150 Online application only Please read membership Terms and Conditions before applying.  Online application applies to 1 year Erasmus and Study Abroad Students.
Two-term sport pass (valid from 3rd Jan 2014 - 30th Sept 2014) (no longer available) £110 Online application only Please read membership Terms and Conditions before applying. (no longer available)
One year programme - payment by instalments (No longer available until Sept 2014) £165 Online application only 1st payment £75 on application, thereafter reoccurring payments taken on 17th January - £60 and 17th April - £30. Please read Membership Terms and Conditions before applying.

Online application also applies to 1 year Erasmus and Study Abroad Students.

 
Six-month ERASMUS and Study Abroad students £75 Please read membership Terms and Conditions before downloading sport and activity pass application form (pdf 47.0 kB)

Paying for your Sport and Activity Pass

Students on a 1-year, 2-year and a 3-year programme can apply online only. Students studying on a 4/5 year programme can also apply online only, but please note this will only cover you for the first 3 years of your programme only. You will need to re-apply at the end of year 3 to purchase additional years at the appropriate fee in force at the time.

Please Note: If you opt to purchase a three year pass and you have a mandatory year away from Bristol within those three years your pass will be carried forward. No refunds will be given. Please contact the Membership and Bookings Administrator - jo.blackett@bristol.ac.uk to transfer your Sport and Activity Pass for the year you are away from Bristol.

Students on a 4 or 5 year programme which includes a mandatory year away from Bristol who have purchased a 3 year Sport and Activity Pass will be required to inform the Membership and Bookings Administrator - jo.blackett@bristol.ac.uk to transfer their Sport and Activity Pass for your final year.

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Additional information

Notes on fees:
Current students who have not previously purchased a sports pass may purchase one for their remaining year(s) of study at the current rates published.  We do not offer termly or part year memberships other than those published.

A Sport and Activity pass purchased in the final year is not valid for a full year it is only valid until 31st July when the student Ucard becomes deactivated.

Student without a Sport and Activity Pass

Students who have elected not to purchase a Sport and Activity pass may use the sports hall and swimming pool on a pay as you go basis (PAYG) during off-peak times only (weekdays from 7.00 a.m. until 15:30 p.m. and at the weekends). The PAYG does not apply to the use of the gym, exercise classes free weights or the squash courts).

This also applies to club sessions using studio one and two during off-peak times.

Students who have not purchased a sport pass may also use the Sport Medicine Clinic services and other specialist programmes run throughout the year.

Terms and Conditions
A full set of Terms and Conditions are available.

No-shows
If you book any sport in the Sports Hall and then fail to attend you will be charged £3 on your next visit.  Similarly, if you book a team game which subsequently has fewer than six players in attendance you will be charged £3.

Refunds
Students who purchase a sport pass in the first year of their programme will have up until the 13th October 2013 to cancel their membership. After this date, despite the date of purchase no refunds will be considered, unless you leave the University or if you have a serious illness that prevents you from using the facilities (a doctor's certificate will be required). We do not offer or part year memberships other than those published. A £10.00 administration fee will apply.

Inductions
Your gym induction is included in your membership. It is compulsory for all users of 'The PULSE' Health and Fitness Suite and Free Weights room to have an induction. Inductions are provided by professional staff and are given to ensure you sue the equipment safely.

Guests
One guest is permitted on both Peak and Off-Peak membership packages during off-peak times only (Monday - Friday 7.00 am - 3.30 pm)   for a £5 admission fee (excludes the 'PULSE' Health and Fitness Suite).

Non-Bristol students
Full-time students from other institutions in possession of a valid NUS card, may use the swimming pool throughout the year and other facilities during vacations upon payment of an admission fee of £5.

Pay as you go option (change implemented Nov 2012)
Casual use by staff and students. A pay as you go option is available during off-peak times only (weekdays from 7.00 a.m. until 15:30 p.m. and weekends) for the sports hall (£5.00) and the swimming pool only (£4.00). The pay as you go option does not include the free weights room,'The PULSE' health and fitness suite, exercise classes or the squash courts.

UBU Sport and Health membership

As part of the continuing partnership arrangements with the Student Union you will also be required to pay a mandatory fee (£20.00) to become a member of Athletic Union if you want to play for a University Sports Club (52 clubs to choose from). AU membership fees helps cover the cost of insurance, travel and some club development activity.

Sport Club membership

It is now mandatory to purchase a Sport & Activity Pass if you intend to play for a University Sport Club which uses University facilities for training and matches. In return the University books pre-allocated times for your sports clubs.

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