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

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 Ravelin Sports Centre due to open later this year. There is no better time to join us.

Lady diving into pool

One-Month Memberships for St. Paul's Gym

Access St. Paul's Gym at great value, until Ravelin Sports Centre Opens.

One-month memberships for St. Paul's Gym are available, at great value to keep you fit and active whilst we wait for Ravelin Sports Centre to open in 2022. Includes fitness classes and unlimited gym access.

Join now for only £7.50 per month

Alternatively to a month membership, you can pay only £4.95 per session through Hussle for individual St. Paul's Gym sessions.

Sign up for one of our staff health and fitness memberships, get yourself Ravelin ready. No joining fee's just simple access.

Our Membership Guarantee

  • We know there is a lot of uncertainty at the moment around lockdowns and restrictions.

    If our facilities have to close due to a national or local lockdown, we will automatically pause your membership, and restart it when we re-open.

    You won't be charged for any time that we are closed, so you can join without the worry of wasted money. 

    We are also following all Covid-19 guidelines for member safety, to ensure we are doing everything we can to keep you safe whilst we are open.

Ravelin Sports Centre prices

Core, Super and Ultimate memberships will be available when Ravelin Sports Centre opens.


Choose 2 activity options:

  • Gym
  • Swim (incl. Steam and Sauna)
  • Fitness classes (excl. aqua classes)

Simple, straightforward access to our facilities, no joining fee.

Choose your favourite two activities to get started today.

£25 p/m


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Choose 3 activity options

  • Gym
  • Swim (incl. Steam and Sauna)
  • Fitness classes (excl. aqua classes)
  • Climbing
  • Squash

More choice from your membership, more activities available, same great facilities. No joining fee.

£30 p/m


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All activities included:

  • Gym
  • Swim (incl. Steam and Sauna)
  • Fitness classes (excl. aqua classes)
  • Climbing
  • Squash
  • Discount on courses and bookings
  • BUCS Universal - access over 100 gyms nationwide
  • 10% Discount on Team UOP Sports Kit
  • Designated under 16 swimmer included
  • 10% Discount on Swim Academy lessons

No joining fees, no long term contract, simply great value.

£32.50 p/m


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Why you should join us

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

  • A range of classes held at lunchtimes or early evening, perfect for a break from the office or a quick workout before you head home.

  • UOP Sport – Our all in one bookings and information app. Book classes in 3 simple steps, up to 7 days in advance.

Ravelin Sports Centre (open December 2021)

  • Open 6.30am to 10.30pm on weekdays
  • Open 7am to 9pm on weekends

St. Paul's Gym

  • We open at 7am so you can get in for a workout, shower and be at your desk by 8.30am.
  • Flexible so can fit in between lectures and busy periods if work is flexible for you.

Benefits of exercise

Regular exercise can bring a number of benefits to both your body and mind. Some of these benefits are especially useful for when you're experiencing periods of high-stress or anxiety. Dedicating just 30 minutes of activity a day is all you need to start seeing these benefits.

  • Improve memory
  • Lengthen attention span
  • Boost decision-making skills
  • Improve multitasking
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduce stress and improve mood
  • Increase energy levels
  • Improve immune system
  • Reduce anxiety
  • Achieve better sleep

Frequently asked questions

Our monthly memberships can be purchased by any University of Portsmouth staff member, UPAT staff, ICP Staff and Innovation Connect members.

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 7:00am – 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).

Unfortunately not, we know it's boring, but due to health and safety requirements, we need each individual to sign up to ensure they agree to our health commitment statement, terms, conditions and rules of use as well as confirm gym competency.

We don't currently offer a family membership. Our Ultimate memberships do however include one designated under 16 swim whenever you swim, they'll also get a discount on other activities. Your designated under 16 can be assigned to your account on your first visit.

On your first visit, please come to reception so the sports staff can activate your campus card (students and staff) to use the sports facilities. Public members will need to take their photos at reception so the sports staff can order them a membership card.

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