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Sport & Recreation

A wide range of sporting and recreational opportunities are available to students on the University College campus. Adjoining the Halls there is an all-weather playing surface which includes a hockey pitch. The area is multi-purpose and is used for athletics, football, rugby football and a variety of recreational activities organised by the students. The extensive grounds are ideal for training and orienteering, and for the less energetic, the mature gardens provide a perfect setting for leisurely walking.

The Health and Physical Education Department operates from the Orchard Building, which has a four badminton court sports hall, a gymnasium and a fitness suite complete with resistance training and cardiovascular equipment. These facilities are available to the various University College clubs.  Students and staff are encouraged to make use of them on a more casual basis for their personal recreation and training.  A variety of classes including circuits, Tai-Chi, Pilates and Yoga are also available in the Orchard building.  The College also has a close relationship with Templemore Swimming Club for those who enjoy water based activities.  In recent years the College has appointed a sports development officer with a remit to support student sport and to organise a menu of sports coaching and recreational courses for students, staff and members of the local community.  Students are also provided with the opportunity to gain experience in coaching, through volunteering for various sports clubs on campus.


The University College Club forms the focal point for the social life of students. It is the perfect setting for relaxing after activity and meeting new friends.

The nearby Queen’s University Physical Education Centre is available to all University College students, and offers a wide range of activities including swimming, indoor rock climbing, recreational classes, weight training and provides a comprehensive range of cardio-vascular equipment.  Stranmillis students are also entitled to full membership of the University clubs. Stranmillis students, therefore, have the opportunity to go on tour, or gain representative honours on behalf of both the College and the University. The College SRC endeavours to be supportive by providing assistance with travelling expenses.

The River Lagan, only 400 metres from the front gates of the University College, can be used for canoeing and rowing, while the Mourne Mountains, less than an hour away, offer opportunities for a wide range of outdoor activities.

All students are encouraged to make the fullest use of the recreational opportunities available, whether it is simply for leisure and relaxation, or to emulate the many current and former students who have gained provincial and international honours in a variety of sports.