Exercising is great for your health, but can be tricky to maintain or start doing so, alongside a busy work and social life. We’ve saved you some effort and gathered a list of the best student gym memberships in Nottingham for you. Whether you’re looking to work out for the first time, increase your regime, or continue a regular pattern, this list is for you. 

The University of Nottingham

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The Student Sport and Fitness Membership  is offered by The University of Nottingham for £81 per academic year. If you happen to be a resident at the Jubilee and University Park Campus or Dagfa and Varsity accommodation, this membership is included free in the accommodation package. With the choice between three fitness facilities, access to swimming pools and climbing walls, a variety of fitness classes and court hires for outdoor and indoor sports, this gym is great for anyone who enjoys sports in particular! You can also access gyms of other universities and colleges, by signing up for the BUCS UNIversal membership. 

The Gym

Castle retail park, 2 Radford Blvd, Nottingham NG7 5QR

Opening hours: Monday – Sunday: 24 hours

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Next on our list is a classic: The Gym. Starting at £159 for twelve months, their student membership offers 24/7 access to two gyms of your choice. It is perfect for moving between your accommodation and home during term and holiday times. Perks include free gym classes, access to their gym group app and exercise hub! For those students that are more hesitant about using the gym year round, there is flexibility in the monthly membership. The Gym offers a discount for this membership redeemable through Unidays. It’s perfect for testing to see if it suits your needs, without the long term commitment. With a few branches around the city, it’s easily accessible for students.

JD Gyms

Chettles Trade Park, Midland Way, Nottingham NG7 3AG

Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 6 am – 10 pm, Saturday and Sunday: 8 am – 8 pm

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JD Gym is further out from town and does not offer a student deal, but its memberships start from £19.99, making it one of the cheaper private gyms. This membership includes free classes, with over 300 offered a month.  With no joining fee, its spacious facilities, and large variety of cardio and strength equipment, this gym is definitely one to try.


20 Castle Bridge Rd, Nottingham NG7 1GX

Opening hours: Monday – Sunday: 24 hours

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Well known by most of us due to its numerous branches, PureGym is open 24/7. It is currently offering a 10% discount for the first six months, alongside a £0 joining fee for students. This can be accessed through Unidays. With over 220 pieces of equipment, free wifi and a wide variety of classes, this gym is perfect for those who are new as well as regulars. They offer a variety of membership plans, with no contract, giving you the flexibility to choose one perfect for your needs. 

Castle Gym

4 Castle Blvd, New Lenton, Nottingham NG7 1FB

Opening hours: Monday – Thursday: 6 am – 9 pm, Friday: 6 am – 8pm, Saturday: 8 am – 4 pm, Sunday: 8 am – 1 pm

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Although its opening hours can be limiting, Castle Gym makes up for this through their wide range of membership or pay as you go deals, starting with £4 per day.  There are also options for contract and non contract monthly memberships, differing by use of rooms. If you aren’t keen on committing for a month, this gym is perfect to trial for a day, or even a week. Traditionally known for weights and bodybuilding, this gym also offers a cardio room, and nutritional advice from staff. As a bonus, they have a friendly dog ready to greet you when you enter!

Hopefully, this list will give you the boost you need to get that perfect membership. Check out our tips to help you further balance your health against a busy university life! Leave a comment below if you feel there are any memberships we missed out.