Staff member using cable machine with rope pull, in St Paul's gym

Staff membership

Build exercise into your working day and improve your mood and concentration

Keeping you safe during your workout

Find out how we're protecting you while you workout – as well as the steps you need to take to book a session, and what you'll need to before, during and after exercising with us.

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Give me a gym within walking distance of the office. Give me fitness classes that I can socialise with colleagues away from the work environment.  Give me St Paul’s Gym.

We know how it is, work stresses, home stresses, and then somehow you need to fit exercise into the mix without sacrificing anything else. Exercise can be a great de-stress and can really lift your mood at any time, before, during or after work, so build it into your working day with one of our memberships. You’ll get a different kind of work done in your lunch hour, you’ll put your body under stress rather than your mind, you’ll improve your mood and concentration and if you’re in the gym early, you’ll get a parking space.

With four floors of equipment and a variety of fitness classes all included in the membership price, what are you waiting for?

Our facilities are about to get even better, with our new £57 Million Ravelin Sports Centre under construction and due for completion summer 2021. There is no better time to join us.

Staff member using cable machine with rope pull, in St Paul's gym

Gym membership to fit around working from home

Pay monthly for your membership until 31 July 2021 and benefit from the ultimate flexibility whether you're working from home or not. With no contract you can join for a month and then take a couple of days off if you wish, then rejoin when you want. Access the gym regardless of what Tier Portsmouth is in, fitness classes are included either in-person or delivered online and access up to 100 gyms nationwide through BUCS UNIversal membership if you're travelling to other universities for work.

Only £15 a month

Sign up for our one-month staff health and fitness membership. No fixed-term contracts for the ultimate flexibility. No joining fee.

Why you should join us

Lively buzz in term time, quiet and peaceful in vacation.

  • 10 classes a week at lunchtime (either 30 or 45 minutes – exercise, grab a bite to eat, and shower all in 1 hour 10)
  • 5 classes a week immediately after work, with a further 5 running into the evening (perfect for those non-early birds)
  • Weekend morning classes if you live locally

Fit in fitness classes around your schedule, with a range of Les Mills Virtual classes for you to get your teeth into.

  • UOP Sport – Our all in one bookings and information app. Book classes in 3 simple steps, 3 days in advance.

Including pilates, mindful meditation, our transformation challenge and krav maga.

Perfect for those wanting to be pushed a bit further or those with specialist needs.

Frequently asked questions

Our monthly memberships can be purchased by any staff member, including contractors working on behalf of the University. The staff deduction membership is only for those on a permanent or fixed term contracts at the University.

No joining fee, just quick access.

As soon as you have signed up with us, you'll receive a confirmation email and you can access our facilities straight away.

If you have an annual or six month membership, you simply let the contract run out. If you are a staff deduction member and are outside of the 6 month minimum period you are required to give us a 30 days notice by simply emailing

We are only able to end your contract early if you have an illness or injury which exercise will not help in your recovery or if you have left the University. Please note we may ask for evidence to support this.

No, your University Staff Campus card will be activated when you sign up. This will give you full access to our facilities, including our gym turnstiles and kiosk access point.

If you consider yourself to be a competent gym user you will not be required to book an induction. However, if you're not a confident gym user you can book a free 1-to-1 gym induction with one of our fitness instructors.

Once you have activated your membership, download our app UOP Sport, use your email and password to log in then you can book classes as you please! If you need help with your password please speak to any member of staff.

We are open weekdays 8:00am – 10:00pm and weekends 08:30 – 6:00pm during our 'Core' opening times (based around term-time).

During our 'Non-core' opening times (generally vacation periods) we are open weekdays 07:30am – 9:00pm and weekends 08:30am – 1:30pm (St. Paul's and Langstone only).

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