Health and fitness in Cambridge

Helmore Gym

In Cambridge, our gym can be found on the first floor of the Helmore Building at the main Campus on East Road. There is a lift available, next to the Helmore Restaurant on the ground floor providing access to the gym.

Helmore Gym boasts a broad range of cardiovascular equipment with 15” LCD touchscreen consoles with built in digital channels and internet browsers. In addition to this the gym has Olympic lifting platforms and racks aimed at our performance based athletes, dumbbells ranging from 2.5kg–50kg and modern, functional resistance machines. The equipment at the gym provides options for everybody, no matter the goal.

Lockers, changing facilities and accessible changing facilities are available.

Membership  Student Staff & Alumni Public Day Pass 
Annual membership - one off payment £110 £150 £200 £5.50 
Annual membership - direct debit  £9.17 per month £12.50 per month £16.67 per month* £5.50 
Monthly Contract  £11 per month £15 per month £20 per month* £5.50 

* £10 Joining fee applies for Direct Debit memberships

All Helmore Gym Memberships include FREE access to Cambridge Fitness Classes.

Opening hours
Monday to Friday: 7.30am–8pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10am–4pm

The gym is open all year round except for public holidays, bank holidays and the period between Christmas and New Year when the University is closed.

Helmore gym

Fitness studio

We have a newly refurbished dance studio in the Coslett Building on our Cambridge campus. The studio hosts fitness classes as well as some sports club and high-performance training sessions.

Table tennis tables

We've got two outdoor table tennis tables in Cambridge which are free for our students and staff to use. Equipment is provided at the tables and you can get extra bats or balls, if needed, from the iCentre.

Tennis court

We also have a tennis court on our Cambridge campus which is available for our students and staff to use. The court can be found to the rear of Peter Taylor House and can be booked free of charge at Helmore Gym.

Opening hours

Monday to Friday: 9am-7pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10am-4pm

Kelsey Kerridge Sports Centre

We work in partnership with Kelsey Kerridge Sports Centre in Cambridge, so you can enjoy their facilities for less. Kelsey Kerridge Sports Centre is less than five minutes' walk from our campus and overlooks Parker's Piece. There are lifts available providing access to all floors in the centre.

Gym memberships

Kelsey Kerridge houses two gyms, one dedicated free weights gym on the first floor and the outlooks gym on the top floor which has a large range of cardiovascular and functional equipment.

Lockers, changing facilities and accessible changing facilities are also available.

Have a look at our gym membership options.

Facilities for hire at Kelsey Kerridge

Kelsey Kerridge Sports Centre has a vast array of facilities that are available for hire including a state-of-the-art bouldering wall, indoor sports hall, squash courts and indoor cricket nets.

Kelsey Kerridge Sports Centre has three squash courts which are available to hire. For further information including pricing, visit

Opening hours

Monday to Sunday: 9am-11pm
Bank Holidays: 9am-7pm

Parkside Pools

Parkside Pools is next door to Kelsey Kerridge Sports Centre a short walk from our Cambridge Campus. The Parkside Pools complex includes a 25-metre, eight-lane swimming pool, a teaching and diving pool with a moveable floor, and a children's leisure pool. Parkside also has two flume rides - one single and one suitable for two people. To find out more about Parkside Pools, visit the Parkside Pools website.

High-performance sport facilities

We work with partners across Cambridge to provide our high-performance sports with access to state-of-the-art training and competition facilities. These include a newly opened Sport England-standard sports hall at the Stephen Perse Foundation.


Please note that due to the Government’s advice and guidance relating to coronavirus, our sports programme is currently suspended. This includes all ARU sports facilities which are closed until further notice.

We're using this time to make our sports programme even better in the future and look forward to engaging with you again as soon as possible.