Although we keep you on the move as much as possible but we know you also want to keep in trim and meet more British people, so here is a compilation of useful information to help you make an informed choice: different strokes for different folks and all that!
Finding Gyms in London!
If you have membership of the Union of London Union you will be able to join the ULU gym, the Energy Base, without having to pay a gym joining fee. The Energy Base gym has the largest swimming pool in central London and absolutely loads of classes! Student membership for three months is £75: click here
Another great option is Bloomsbury Fitness, which is a gym that is run by University College London Union (as opposed to ULU!). It is in Gordon Street which is in between Gower Street and the Euston Road just a short walk from here. They have great facilities and classes (but no pool, which would help account for the extremely low membership rates!). To find out more, please visit them at their website here. You can also call them on 0207 679 7221. I really like Bloomsbury Fitness because they are always so friendly whenever I have popped in to get information , PLUS they are open at the weekends, PLUS their three-month student membership is only £70!
Other options in our local area are Gymbox, which is at 100 High Holborn close to Holborn tube station and is a kind of fusion between a warehouse boxing gym and a really-hyped-up, neon-coloured, hi-energy gym. Membership for students is quite a bit more than ULU or UCLU’s gyms, coming in at £53 per month for students, and there is a joining fee of £175 which is occaionally reduced: it is currently down to £55 (FEB 2012)– but you have to contact them if you want to find out if you can take advantage of that.
Close to the British Museum is the YMCA, which has a comprehensive range of classes, swimming pool, sauna/steam room, personal trainers and so forth. They are open for quite long hours (for London!) and pride themselves on being ‘more than just a gym,’ with a range of lifestyle courses on offer for members. Click here for more information: their three-month student membership is £105 (or £37.50 per month) with a £20 membership fee.
Time Out magazine has produced some very helpful information on the YMCA and other centrally-located gyms – click here to go straight to it!
Finally, another gym you can try out is and Fitness First, which has a few branches around the city. Although not geared at students, with this gym you can ‘try before you buy’ – they often issue vouchers that you can download and print off to use for free gym visits before you sign on the dotted line! The vouchers are often available through its own site and through discount sites like www.vouchercodes.co.uk – the only drawback is that they ask for your contact details before issuing the free pass(es) so gird your loins for the hard sell!