Your physical and mental health is incredibly important to maintain, but throughout university this can be more difficult. Gyms are a great place to exercise and meet likeminded people, through fitness classes or the gym floor. Although gym memberships can be expensive, as a student you will have access to discounts at certain establishments. Below are some of the best gym memberships in Edinburgh for students.

Pleasance Gym and Sports Complex

Pleasance Gym and Sports Complex, located on Pleasance in Edinburgh, is home to many University of Edinburgh sports societies.

Pleasance Cardio Gym
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For university students in Edinburgh, this is a great gym membership option to consider.  All memberships include access to Pleasance gym classes such as Barre, Spin Cycling and Boxing. As well as this, they also offer lane swimming at St Leonard’s Land swimming pool, which is a five-minute walk away from Pleasance. If you fancy bouldering as a workout, Pleasance also offers climbing memberships for an additional price.

Non-Student Membership

For non-students, a full membership, including gym and swim access during peak times, will cost £78.00 per 90 days. Alternatively, you can pay £132.00 per 90 days to include a climbing membership as well.

Student Membership

For any Edinburgh students, full membership is £115.00, lasting until August 31st. This grants you access to the Pleasance Gym, lane swimming and all gym classes. Access to the climbing wall during this time will cost an additional £55.00.


For those located in New Town, PureGym is a closer gym choice for you to utilise. There are five PureGyms across Edinburgh, all open 24 hours a day. With a free weights area, cycle studio and fitness studio, PureGym has many different workout options.

Pure Gym is one of the best gym memberships in Edinburgh for students
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PureGym offers three main memberships that you can choose from, with varying prices and accessibility. For students, you can access a 30% discount through Unidays for any of these membership options, making it a great gym membership for students living in Edinburgh.

Off-peak Membership

This membership option costs £9.99 per month with an additional joining fee. Included in this membership is access to gym classes which can be booked eight days in advance. Although this is the cheapest membership option, you can only access the gym during off-peak times.

Core Membership

At £12.99 per month plus a joining fee, core membership grants you 24/7 gym access as well as access to multiple PureGyms from only £2.00.

Plus Membership

With Plus Membership, you will pay £18.99 per month plus an additional joining fee. Within this membership program, you can enjoy 24/7 gym access to multiple gyms. If you enjoy working out with others, guests can join you up to four times per month. Also, classes can be booked 14 days in advance, ensuring that you get a place in your chosen class!

The Gym Group Edinburgh

Located in Waverley Gate Building, the Gym Group is a more expensive membership option however offers additional services. These include unlimited gym training, access to two gyms, body composition tracking and access to workout plans through the app FIIT. Although it’s a little pricier, it’s still one of the best gym memberships in Edinburgh for students.

the best gym memberships in Edinburgh for students
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If you prefer gym classes to freelance gym sessions, The Gym Group offers a variety of classes, from cardio sessions to mind and body classes. The gym is open 24 hours a day, so whether you are an early bird or a night owl, you can get your workout in!

Student Membership

There is no joining fee for students at The Gym Group, with a 6-month membership costing £129.00. This includes gym access 24/7, free classes and body composition tracking.

Non-student Membership

For non-students, you will be expected to pay £22.99 for your first month, and £28.98 per month afterwards. This membership includes the use of workout plans on the FIIT app, free classes, 24/7 gym access and the opportunity to bring a friend up to four times per month!

If you’re looking for a further fitness boost, read our tips on how to survive dry January at uni!