Is 18 too late to start gymnastics? Watch
Your best bet is to go and speak to the uni team or coach, they will probably be able to give you some good advice about what to start off with.
Even though the world beaters are really young, there are still plenty of people who do gymnastics regularly who are well on their way to middle age. You just have to take it a bit easier.
I read recently about a woman who started up gymnastics much older (might have even been in her 50s?) and there was a picture of her, at 80 years old, doing the splits. So it's definitely possible to get good at it
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It is NEVER too late for recreationally using it as a means to keep fit and have fun learning new skills. It's a great sport and I hope you enjoy it! Just don't rush anything or take risks because no matter what level you're at, it is an injury-prone sport. Maybe look up some videos of NCAA meets on youtube for inspiration? For the most part they are doing skills quite far below elite level (though a lot of them were elite) but the emphasis is on execution and they have huge amounts of fun and a great team spirit.