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Results from an ongoing survey reveal that university students lead generally unhealthy lives (no surprise there then), they are characterized by little physical activity and unwholesome diets. However you don’t need to compromise the student lifestyle to be healthy, it’s about making sensible choices and enjoying things in moderation. Keeping healthy might not seem like the most important thing to think about at university but it's really crucial that you don’t allow your lack of will power and busy life style to convince you that eating huge quantities of takeaway at 3am and drinking copious amounts of cider is somehow not damaging to your body.

As a student looking for a gym club deal, you need to think about the contract length, the monthly cost, the facilities, whether you can pause the contract and the times at which you are allowed to use the gym club, not forgetting the visits home and the holidays. Options include mainstream gym chains, the YMCA, university gyms and councils which have community run gyms at very low reasonable prices with student discounts.

LA fitness- With 81 clubs in the UK and Ireland and facilities including fully equipped gyms, personal training, over 40 studio classes a week in most clubs, spin studio and swimming pools, sauna / steam rooms. They offer a range of peak and off peak membership packages that should suit student’s gym needs. It's best to visit their website and find your local branch for more specific student membership details

Fitness first student membership offers 4-month minimum or 12 month minimum contracts available with reciprocal use of other Fitness First Clubs. It entitles you to unlimited use of all the facilities at restricted times of the day, but these times still allow you to fit your gym session in around lectures. Student NUS card required- 

Nuffield Health - take a real interest in your health, the most important thing to them is getting you fit and healthy. As well as great fitness facilities and access to their network of health experts, they’ve put together a rewards programme worth at least £100 to help keep you motivated.

The 3 easy steps to your rewards

1.     Free 12-point Health MOT from a clinically trained Wellbeing Advisor or Health Mentor

2.     Receive a personalised gym programme to get you on track and help you reach your fitness objectives

3.     After 3 months, get another Health MOT. If you have improved or maintained your health we’ll give you rewards worth at least £100 for you to redeem.

Their rewards include: Free month’s membership, free personal training session and free guest passes.

David Lloyds - provide individual membership exclusively for members aged 18-20, this includes

·         1/3 off standard peak membership rate

·         Access to all David Lloyd Leisure clubs

·         Access to all of your club's racquets, health & fitness facilities, classes and lessons

Virgin active - offers student membership and off peak membership, both of which appeal to students depending upon their gym needs. If you’re aged 18-25, you can take advantage of flexible, discounted membership with full access to your club and a membership freeze. They also give a discount if you have medical insurance with PruHealth.


UCLU- Bloomsbury fitness has great student prices- this includes a 1day membership (including classes) for £3.50. To see more visit the UCLU website

YMCA - is consistently voted one of the top gyms in London by Time Out Magazine. The Club has recently been through a £2.8 million transformation which has improved the gym facilities enormously. 

Most importantly they offer a selection of short-term memberships suitable for students studying locally, this includes,

·         1 month at a time: £20 joining fee plus £37.50 per month

·         3 months up front: £105

·         6 months up front: £190

·         9 months up front: £250

·         12 months up front: £300




The Gym - offers one of the cheapest gym memberships in West Hampstead, they’re open 24/7; all of the membership options guarantee total freedom from unnecessary contracts. The Gym offers a wide variety of free classes that cater for all levels of experience. Whether you want to lose weight, tone up, improve your fitness, or train with other people – I assure you they will have a class for you! For just £20.99 a month- 

Iqra Khan |  Strike-jobs journalist | 12.12.2013

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