5 ways to keep fit at uni

Uni can be a pretty busy time, so finding room to stay fit can seem like a challenge. But knowing how important movement is for mental health can make fitness a priority. We’ve come up with a few ways that you can get your steps in and build yourself up while you’re studying.  

Choose the stairs over lifts  

Whether you’re getting around campus or you’ve just got back home from brunch, choosing to take the stairs instead of the lift can be a great way to get your steps in throughout the day.  

Stairs are great for your cardiovascular health and gives you more power in your legs by building up your muscular strength. Plus, when you’re in a building that has over fifteen levels, sometimes the stairs can be quicker.  

Walk to uni from your student home  

One of the best things about living at iQ? Most of our sites are within walking distance from local unis. Just one brisque 10 min walk each day is recommended by the NHS as a great fitness booster. We’re meant to get around 150 mins of exercise each week, so adding in more walks is a great way to contribute to that.  

It might be worth investing in some good trainers to make sure you’re getting the most out of your walk – and don’t forget to carry water around with you while you’re getting active.  

Use your onsite gym  

A lot of iQ sites also include an onsite gym that is free for residents to use. From treadmills and exercise bikes to punching bags and ropes, you’ll find what you need to get your fitness fix.  

Some of our sites also have fitness studios where you can join a dance or yoga sesh. If you live at iQ Fenton House, you’ll get access to a climbing wall to reach new heights on your fitness journey.  

Join a club or society  

Learn something new or show off your skills by joining a club or society at uni. From cross country to football to Quidditch, there’s plenty to get stuck in with to help you stay healthy. Joining a club or society is also a great way to make new friends and get involved with the best of student life. 

Make the most of green spaces around you 

The UK is full of great green spaces just waiting for you and your mates to enjoy. Get together for a kickabout, play Spikeball or bring a speaker and have a dance. All these little things add up to make a big difference to your overall fitness.  


Want to know what you could make the most of in your city? Search your city for student homes and see what gyms and fitness studios are on offer at our sites.