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Keeping fit while balancing the thrill of student life can seem like a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be! With plenty of fun-packed fitness activities in Leicester, you can maintain an active lifestyle and make the most of your time in this exciting, vibrant city. 

Whether you’re into outdoor activities, want to join a sports team or you’re looking for something more unique to keep you moving, we’ve got you covered. Grab your gym kit, get your sneakers on and get ready to discover fun ways to exercise in Leicester!

Combining fitness & fun: 9 activities to try

Students can enjoy some of the best nights out in Leicester. But, the city is also brimming with fun activities that will keep you fit, healthy, and entertained. Here are 11 fantastic options to consider, all within easy reach of your Study Inn Reynard House accommodation:

  1. Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre (LOPC)

Looking for an adventure that’s close to the city? LOPC offers a wide range of options to help you get your sweat on, from climbing and abseiling to kayaking, and even archery. Even better, it’s just a 15-minute drive from Study Inn Leicester, all equipment is provided and it’s currently accepting new members. We think it’s a fantastic place to stay fit under the guise of bonding with fellow students or flatmates!

Location: Loughborough Road, Leicester LE4 5PN

Price: Prices vary depending on activity/annual memberships are also available (check the LOPC website for details)

Distance from Study Inn Leicester: 4.4 miles

  1. Boost Indoor Trampoline Park

Only a hop, skip and a jump away from Leicester city centre, Boost Indoor Trampoline Park is the perfect way to keep active while having fun. Bounce your way to fitness in this adrenaline-pumping environment made up of over 42 interconnected trampolines complete with basketball hoops and battle beams. Boost also features, an inflatable wipe-out zone, a climbing wall and a massive foam pit including a high diving board jump point and angled trampoline.

Location: 11 St George St, Leicester LE1 1QG

Price: £11.00 per session

Distance from Study Inn Leicester: 0.6 miles

  1. Social Climbing

We’ve mentioned this place before in our round-up of things to do before graduating in Leicester, and for good reason. You can experience the thrill of bouldering and climbing at this ultra-cool facility. No need to book either—simply fill out their online waiver, pay a tiny £3 registration fee, and voila—you’ve got all-day access for just £10! Don’t worry if you don’t have climbing shoes either—they’ve got you covered with rental options on-site. 

Location: 24-28 E Bond St, Leicester, LE1 4SX

Price: £3 registration fee, all-day access £10 (plus climbing shoe rental options)

Distance from Study Inn Leicester: 1.5 miles

  1. Ninja Warrior UK Adventure Leicester

Get ready for some serious fun as you unleash your inner ninja at Ninja Warrior UK Adventure Leicester! Climb, balance, leap, and swing your way through a variety of obstacles, Ninja Warrior style! And let’s not forget about the epic Warped Wall waiting to be conquered by all who can! You’ll have so much fun you’ll hardly notice you’re working up a sweat. We think it makes for a fantastic bonding experience for you and your new friends.

Location: St Georges Retail Park, Leicester, LE1 1SG

Price: £13.95 for a standard 1-hour session (10% student discount)

Distance from Study Inn Leicester: 0.9 miles

Join a club and exercise as a team

Want to be part of something bigger or enjoy getting fit alongside others? Leicester also has some fantastic sports clubs, whether you join a university team or a local club.

  1. University Sports Clubs

Both the University of Leicester and De Montfort University offer a wide range of sports clubs for students, catering to different interests and skill levels. From basketball and rugby to rowing and dance, there’s something for everyone. Joining a university sports club is a fantastic way to stay active, make new friends, and even compete in inter-university tournaments.

Location: Various locations depending on the university and sport

Price: Membership fees vary depending on the club (check university websites for details)

Distance from Study Inn Leicester: Varies depending on the university and sports facilities

  1. Dolly Rockit Rollers

If you’re female-identifying and want to learn how to skate and compete in a scrimmage then why not apply to the Dolly Rockit Rollers, Leicester’s own roller derby team? Sessions take place at Parklands Leisure Centre, located in Oadby (about a 20 min drive or cycle away). Before you can be initiated, you’ll need to complete a six-week course that costs just £30. 

Location: Parklands Leisure Centre in Oadby, Leicestershire

Price: £30 for the initial six-week course, for more details, view the website

Distance from Study Inn Leicester: 3.7 miles

  1. St. Margaret’s Pastures Sports Centre

If you’re looking to join a grassroots team sport or you want to book a pitch for a post-uni kickabout, St. Margaret’s Pastures Sports Centre (home of Leicester Hockey Club) offers a variety of options, including football, rugby, and hockey. Enjoy a bit of friendly, local competition on one of their well-maintained pitches.

Location: St. Margaret’s Way, Leicester LE1 3EA

Price: Prices vary depending on the activity and booking duration (check website for details)

Distance from Study Inn Leicester: 1.6 miles

Staying active in the great outdoors 

  1.  Bradgate Park

Bradgate Park is a popular walking and hiking destination near Leicester, which covers 830 acres of beautiful parklands that form Charnwood Forest. Full of wooded areas and grasslands, with the River Lin flowing right through it, Bradgate Park is a firm favourite for locals and visitors alike. Grab a frisbee or football for some fun, or take a stroll on one of the nature walks. We think it’s ideal for running, just make sure to keep an eye out for the park’s resident deer population and the historic ruins of Bradgate House.

Location: Newtown Linford, Leicester LE6 0HE

Price: Free (car parking charges apply)

Distance from Study Inn Leicester: 7.9 miles

  1.  Swithland Wood

Swithland Wood, located close to Bradgate Park, is another fantastic option for walking and hiking enthusiasts. With its well-maintained paths and diverse wildlife, this ancient woodland provides a peaceful and picturesque backdrop for leisurely walks, jogs, runs and more challenging hikes.

Location: Swithland, Loughborough LE12 8SS

Price: Free

Distance from Study Inn Leicester: 8.6 miles

  1.  Brocks Hill Country Park

For those who prefer a more serene and scenic workout, Brocks Hill Country Park is a fantastic choice. With 67 acres of woodland, meadows, and ponds, it’s the perfect spot for jogging, cycling, or simply enjoying a leisurely walk to get your daily steps in.

Location: Washbrook Ln, Oadby, Leicester LE2 5JJ

Price: Free

Distance from Study Inn Leicester: 5.7 miles

Keep fit and have fun with Study Inn

With so many fun fitness activities and ways to exercise in Leicester, it’s easy to maintain an active lifestyle while enjoying your time as a student to the fullest. From adrenaline-pumping sports to scenic walks and hikes, there’s something for everyone.

At Study Inn, we understand the importance of staying fit and healthy during your studies, it can boost your concentration levels and even combat exam stress. That’s why our luxury student accommodation in Leicester includes a variety of on-site fitness facilities. For instance, our fully-equipped, state-of-the-art gym allows you to work out at your convenience, without a pricey, external gym membership.

We also offer various group fitness classes, such as yoga and pilates, to help you stay relaxed and engaged. These classes are designed to cater to different fitness levels and interests, so you’ll always find something to suit your needs. Additionally, our common spaces are perfect for socialising and participating in indoor activities, such as table tennis or pool, so why not have a mini-tournament with your new friends?

So, whether you prefer to hit the gym, want to join a sports club, or simply want to lose yourself in the beautiful outdoors, Leicester is the ultimate spot.

Fully-equipped gym at Study In Leicester with students exercising
Gym at Study In Leicester