New students

A big welcome to all new Imperial students

A day in the life of Sport Imperial

A day in the life of Sport Imperial

A big welcome to all new Imperial students from Sport Imperial! Sport forms a big part of university life here at Imperial, and whether you love to play sport, watch sport or write about sport - there will always be something here for you to get involved in! You can:

  • Join the gym
  • Attend group classes
  • Participate in our Be Active events
  • Join a sports club
    and more besides!

Key information for new students

Free swim and gym

Imperial students get free use of Sport Imperial managed swimming pools and gym facilities throughout the duration of your time here although a one-off £40 orientation fee is required before you can use the gym. If you wish to use any of the gyms across our other sites, you must still register and pay the gym orientation fee online.

If you are a resident of Woodward, please follow the instuctions in the final tab for access to swim and gym.

There are 2 memberships on offer as an Imperial College student, these are:

1)    Imperial College Student - (Access to the building, including using the swimming pool, ability to book the sports hall, climbing wall and squash courts.  This membership does not give you access to the gym)

2)    Imperial College Student Gym (Same as above, with Gym access).  Students must pay a £40 fitness orientation when registering.

New members can register from Monday 11 September. In order to register and use the centre you must complete the following:


  1.  Register details online
  2. Watch building orientation
  3. Complete Health Commitment Survey (HCS)

You will then be registered and will need your College ID Card to enter the centre.  You will not have access to the gym.


  1. Register details online
  2. Watch building orientation
  3. Watch fitness orientation
  4. Complete Health Commitment Statement (HCS)
  5. Pay £40 (non-refundable) fitness orientation fee

You will then be registered and will need your College ID Card to enter the centre and gym facilities.

Ethos – classes and prices

Aside from free swim and gym, students also get discounted rates on the other facilities and services at Ethos. See the full range of activities and prices


Once you have registered as a member at Ethos, you are then eligible upgrade your membership by adding bolt ons. Students can choose between unlimited group class bolt on or Active Imperial.* Purchase of bolt ons can be completed using the Ethos Online Membership System.

Unlimited Classes bolt on:

  • Imperial students - £14.50 per month

Active Imperial bolt on:

  • £15 per term
  • Discounted classes - £2/class

*Terms and conditions apply - read the Ethos student membership page for full details.

Book classes and activities online

Once you hve registered at Ethos, you van book your classes and activities (squash, court hire etc.) on the Ethos online booking system

Ethos opening hours:




Monday to Friday

07.00 – 22.00

07.00 – 20.00

Saturday and Sunday

08.00 – 20.00

08.00 – 16.00

Bank holidays (May & Aug)


09.00 – 17.00

College Closure Days



Visit our facilities page to view the opening hours across our other sites.

Be Active – recreational sport

We have loads of opportunities for those seeking to get fit without commiting to the rigours of club training. Find out more information using the links below.

Join a sports club or team

Your best opportunity to speak to a sports club and find out more about joining is at the Freshers' Fair on Tuesday 3 October. 

Club team trials will take place on Wedneday 4 October. You can view the trial information on the webpage.

Freshers' week events

Below are some of the highlights of our Welcome Week sports events. 

Monday 3 October – I-Connect – discover your Imperial at this interactive welcome event

Tuesday 4 October - Freshers' Fair - come find us at the Sport Imperial Stand

Wednesday 5 October - Sports Trials - Your chance to make it onto the a team

Woodward residents joining gym

Residents of Woodward Building also get free access to swim and gym across all Sport Imperial sites, as well as access to iGym, the gym facilities located in Woodward Buildings. In order to get your gym and swim access, please follow the steps below:


Register as a member of iGym and undertake your orientation there. A one-off fee of £40 will apply.


Register as a member of Ethos. You must do this in order to use any of the facilities within the building. 

- Find out more about the Ethos memberships


If you would like to use the gym in Ethos in addition to the iGym at Woodward, please contact the Ethos team by email to request this. You will then be contacted by one of the team there to arrange a time for you to come into Ethos to complete a Health Commitment Statement (HCS) form and a brief online orientation.