Active Residences

Fun, free student sport

Active Residences is a sport and exercise programme designed specifically and exclusively for University of Birmingham students living in University and partner-owned accommodation.


It doesn’t matter if you’ve never played sport or exercised before; there’s something for everyone and it’s right on your doorstep.


So, join us and get active to help improve your wellbeing, mental and physical health, and feel a sense of belonging in our student community.

A member of active residences, smiling and holding their tennis racquet in the air.

Is Active Residences for me?

If you are a University of Birmingham student living in University or partner-owned accommodation, you are eligible!


The programme is designed for everyone and all abilities – in fact, beginners are welcome and encouraged! No experience is needed; a friendly instructor or student activator will show you the basics and then you’ll get chance to try out your new skills. It also gives you the opportunity to get active, meet new people and have fun!

This week's Active Residences timetable

5.00pm – 6.00pm | Football | Water Synthetic Pitches, Bournbrook

4.00pm – 5.00pm | Just Play Badminton | Munrow Arena 3, Sport & Fitness

4.00pm – 5.00pm | Intro to Tennis  | Outdoor Tennis Courts, Bournbrook Pitches

6.00pm – 6.40pm | Yoga |  Hexagon Room, Pritchatts Park

6.00pm – 7.00pm | Just Play Badminton |  Munrow Arena 3, Sport & Fitness

Fitness Classes

A range of fitness classes led by expert friendly instructors who will guide you and encourage you through the 30 – 40 minute classes.

A 30 minute HIIT class with short, cardio-based exercises to improve strength and fitness.

De-stress with slow movements & relaxing breathing exercises to improve strength, flexibility & balance.

A short 30 min class to designed improve stamina, strength and boost your cardiovascular fitness.

Cardio dance class to improve fitness and muscle tone whilst dancing to Latin American and international music. Great for anyone who wants to learn some new moves, get their heart rate up and have fun.

Low-intensity class to strengthen & tone muscles using slow, controlled movements and breath. Great for beginners and those recovering from injuries.

Want more classes that suit your timetable? All these classes and many more are available at Sport & Fitness via Pay & Go, all year round!

Intro to... Sessions

Structured coached sports sessions run by a mix of activators, UoB Sport & Fitness Clubs and instructors, with engaging games and activities to teach new skills.

Learn beginners’ football skills with activators in a relaxed, social and fun session! This is session is outdoors, please wear suitable clothes & trainers.

Learn to play Korfball in a relaxed and fun session with friendly student activators. Korfball is similar to netball, basketball and handball. All abilities welcome!

Rounders is relaxed and fun bat-and-ball game played between two teams. Don’t worry if you haven’t played before or haven’t in a while, Activators will teach you the rules and skills and then end with a non-competitive friendly game of Rounders!

Join members of the UoB Sport & Fitness Table Tennis team and activators to give table tennis a go by learning the basics.

Learn the basic of tennis by playing a range of social games with your group.

Looking to get involved with sports at University? Here you have 56 sports to choose from! There’s a sport for everyone at all ability and fitness levels. Join the Pride.

Just Play

These sessions are facilitated by friendly activators who will make sure you are safe and assist where needed.

Non – competitive badminton for all abilities for those who want to meet new people, try a new hobby, or just play badminton!

Take a break from revision and come join in with the De-Stresstival Garden Games on the Bournbrook from 12pm – 2pm! Activities include Spike Ball, Badminton, Touch Tennis, Netball Challenge and Frisbee Challenge, prizes to be won!

A safe space for you to run jog, skip or walk on the floodlight athletics track during the winter months. All abilities welcome!

Learn some of the basic skills and get top tips from members of the UoB Sport & Fitness Snooker and Pool team and activators.

Want to try more social sports? Check out our brilliant range of available social sports via Pay and Go, all year round! 

A group of participants on mats, taking part in yoga.
A group of four students leaning on their tennis racquets on the floor, stood in a circle.
Active Residences Rounders group shot

How do I book on?

All activities are free, but you must secure your spot in advance for all Active Residences activities.

UoB students automatically have a Sport & Fitness account. For first-time login, request your PIN on this page via ‘Forgotten Your PIN?’

If you have a PIN, you’re set!

  1. Book at
  2. Login, click ‘Make a Booking,’ then ‘Active Residences.’
  3. Pick an activity, hit ‘Book’ – let the fun begin!

What should I bring?

All specific equipment is provided for the activities.


  1. Wear sports clothes and trainers that you are comfortable to work out in. If the session is outdoors, warm/waterproof clothing is recommended.
  2. Reusable bottle of water.
  3. Your student card.

Now bookable on the app!

The Sport & Fitness app is an easy way to book your Active Residences sessions, plus you can keep up-to-date with the latest Sport & Fitness information.


Download from Google Play or Apple Store today.

Where do activities take place?

There are various accommodation sites, across campus and in Sport & Fitness where the activities take place. Please pay close attention to the location details for each activity.


If you’re unsure on the location, take a look at our campus map

Hampton Room
Chamberlain Tower, the Vale.
Vale Reception Table Tennis
in Vale Reception, Shackleton, the Vale.
Tennis Courts
Main Campus, Bournbrook pitches (next to Sport & Fitness)
Bournbrook 3G Pitches
Main Campus, Bournbrook pitches (next to Sport & Fitness)
Munrow Arena
Sport & Fitness, Main Campus.
Slater Hall
Sport & Fitness, Main Campus
Games Room
Chamberlain Tower, The Vale
Games Room
Pritchatts Park
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Active Residences FAQs

Active Residences is a free programme of sport and exercise activities, available exclusively to students living in University or partner-owned halls.  So, if you want to get active, socialise and try something new, then active residences is for you!

Active Residences is exclusively for students living in University or partner-owned halls.

Scroll up! Have a look at the live weekly timetable and booking information all on the Active Residences page.

No – Active Residences is completely free for students living in halls, all you need to do is book on!

  1. Aitken
  2. Ashcroft
  3. Battery Park
  4. Bournbrook
  5. Chamberlain
  6. Elgar Court
  7. Jarratt Hall
  8. Maple Bank
  9. Mason
  10. Oak Brook Park
  11. Oakley Court
  12. Pritchatts House
  13. Pritchatts Road
  14. Shackleton
  15. Tennis Court
  16. The Metalworks
  17. The Spinney

Active Residences’ activities are for everyone, all activities are specifically designed to be welcoming and inclusive and are especially for beginners! You don’t need any previous experience of sport and our student activators and instructors are on hand to help you should you need it.

Yes! The programme is completely free, all we ask is that you book on so that we can manage numbers, it’s really popular so make sure to book on each week!

The activities are free but you must book. Due to high demand, we will not allow you entry if you do not book.

As a University of Birmingham student, you automatically have a Sport & Fitness account, all you need to do it set a pin!

  • Click book now on the Active Residences page
  • Click forgotten your pin
  • Use your University email address and set a pin
  • Login and click make a booking
  • Click Active Residences
  • Look at the active residences timetable and book onto your activity
  • Show your booking confirmation to your activity leader when you arrive.
  • A reusable water bottle, active wear clothing and trainers/what you feel comfortable in. If the session is outdoors, warm/waterproof clothing is recommended.

That’s it! Everything else here is supplied for you.

Active residences is only for students who live in University and partner owned accommodation. However, there are SO many ways to get active at University! Why not join a sports club, join the gym, try out social sport or campus league and much more, explore our website, there’s something for everyone!