Students Staff

Colchester general public memberships

The University of Essex Sports Centre's excellent health and fitness facilities are all located within the Wivenhoe Park grounds. With public memberships starting at less than £16 per month, and including access to facilities such as our climbing wall and brand new tennis courts, we represent excellent value for money. All our public memberships also now include free parking.

Membership options

Membership features Bronze Silver Gold
Use of the gym, including induction
Timetabled fitness classes
Sports facilities included* Badminton, basketball (1 hoop only), volleyball (practise court in new arena only), climbing wall (1 belay only), table tennis, tennis, punch bag, kick bag, squash, activity studios. All sessions are subject to a maximum number of participants.
Advance booking of facilities 7 days 10 days 14 days
Online bookings
Access Peak access to sports facilities. Off-peak access to gym and classes. Peak access to sports facilities. Peak access to gym, classes and sports facilities.
Public membership £180 per year or £15.99 monthly by direct debit £305 per year or £26.99 monthly by direct debit £380 per year or £32.99 monthly by direct debit
Concession membership £145 per year or £13.99 monthly by direct debit £245 per year or £21.99 monthly by direct debit £320 per year or £27.99 monthly by direct debit
Junior membership £99 per year or £9.99 monthly by direct debit £170 per year or £14.99 monthly by direct debit £205 per year or £17.99 monthly by direct debit

  • Concession membership


    • Husband/wife/partner of current UoE student or staff
    • Essex graduate
    • Temporary summer/conference staff
    • Disabled user – physical or long-term mental disorder
    • Current student at another university or college
    • Senior citizen
    • Registered unemployed
    • Intermitting Essex student
    • Non-University community service volunteer for Essex student
    • Colchester Institute (non-sports) staff

  • Junior membership

    For children aged 8 to 18 (if in full-time education). Restriction apply, so please check the appropriate age restrictions (.pdf). Proof of date of birth is required when applying for membership.

How to join

Join online

When joining online you will be asked to confirm that you have read the terms and conditions (.pdf) and the health commitment statement (.pdf), so you may wish to do this first.

You can also complete an application form at our Sport Centre reception at our Colchester Campus and pay in full.

Pay in instalments

You can pay for your membership by monthly direct debit. You can set up your direct debit membership online, but if you would prefer to do it in person then please complete a direct debit form (.pdf) and hand to the Sports Centre reception.

Online induction

Before you use the gym for the first time, just watch this short e-induction video and ensure you've read the code of conduct (.pdf), then you're good to go!