Student tying laces of running spiked on running track
Student tying laces of running spikes on running track

Sport at Oxford

For many students at Oxford, taking part in physical activity is an important aspect of student life and personal wellbeing. 

This page provides general advice about sport at Oxford. For the latest updates and information about coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit the University's sports website.

Active at Oxford

The Active at Oxford campaign is designed to help you get involved in sport and physical activity, no matter how seriously or casually you wish to take it. A growing body of research is highlighting the many benefits that getting active has, from mental health, through to life expectancy and even academic performance. While Oxford has a truly world class pedigree when it comes to sport, we want to spread the simple message that sport and physical activity really is for everyone.

Oxford University Sport 

Oxford University Sport on Iffley Road offers a swimming pool, gym, sports hall, racket sport courts, fitness classes and more. It is also home to the running track on which Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile.

University sports clubs

Oxford has 81 University sports clubs, that range from football to Tae Kwon Do, and ultimate frisbee to octopush. A full A-Z list is available on the Oxford University Sport website

College sport 

Most colleges have rowing, netball, hockey, football and rugby teams, but if there's a sport you want to do, it is very easy to set up your own college team for it. College sport allows everyone at every level to get involved in friendly training and competitions.

Many colleges also offer a range of sports facilities, which may include an on site gym or sports field. You can find out what your college has to offer from your college website. 

Accessible sport

All sports clubs at the University of Oxford welcome enquiries from those with a disability regarding the accessibility of that sport. By working in partnership with the university’s Disability Advisory Service and Student Union’s Disability Campaign (DisCam), a new programme of activity has launched, focused on facilitating para-sport opportunities.

The Active at Oxford: Accessible Sport programme will continually expand and develop in line with new requests from clubs and students alike, so if there is a sporting opportunity that you want to take part in you are very welcome to initiate that request.

More information is available on the Oxford University Sport website

University Club (Graduates)

The University Club is located on Mansfield Road and offers graduates a range of sporting facilities including a gym, football and cricket pitches and social spaces such as a bar, cafe and restaurant. Due to building works, not all facilities at University Club are currently available.

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