It is a very expensive one-off cost. But when you consider what you get for the money (unlimited use of swimming pool, the gym, sports hall etc) and spread that a a cost per month then it is amazingly good value.
I personally hardly used the sports facilities in the first year but i'm going to try and use them alot more in the 2nd.
I personally would say the opposite to Zakatu.
I had a big argument with my parents this time last year about whether it was worth getting one and in the end I didn't. Turned out to be money well saved.
1) I was at Badock - so the gym wasn't exactly on my doorstep (however lazy that may sound)
2) I play football - I don't need a sports pass to play football on the Downs
3) I struggled to get involved in regular exercise as i was normally either working, socialising or sleeping.
I know a lot of people would have found it value for money but really the sports pass has a "self fulfilling value", if you get my meaning. Like any "pass", it's up to you to make use of the facilities to get your money's worth. For me, it would have been as worthwhile to burn 275 pounds in a small bonfire.
Wouldn't bother for the first year, if you are going to be living in SB. 2nd, 3rd, 4th years it's good: very cheap, if you use the gym regularly.
I think I worked it out that you would have to use one of the facilites once a week to break even. 1st year is a bit of a waste by now I'm living in Bristol proper i'll probably use it alot more.
Yes, that definitely true. I wasted it the first year, living in SB makes it impractical. But even the cost spread over the remaining 3 years (if i use it) makes it still good value.
Basically, if you are a Fresher thinking of getting one you need to ask yourself these questions -
1) Are you serious about keeping fit while at Uni?
2) Will keeping fit envolve doing things other than team sports which can be done on the Downs?
I would suggest that in order for a sports pass to be worthwhile, the answer to both questions has to be a 100% yes. Even if you are serious about keeping fit, you can do that on the Downs for free playing football, rugby, ultimate frisbee or any number of team sports.
Wahoo I'll be getting it free too.
Lucky you! I'm going to get one because I swim frequently and I want to use the gym, however I reckon that this enthusiasm will wane when walking up that damn hill all the time! How far away is the gym from Stoke Bishop and how long would it take to walk to the pool in the union building? Can you give it to me in walking/bus time please!? Muchas gracias!
ok results came through, i got in! when do i find out which accomodation im in/when i start/info on sports pass etc? im interested in getting one, does it also allow use of the climbing wall or is that seperate?
If you are receiving the full maintenance grant is it true that you get a free sports pass? I think I read that but cannot find it anywhere now. Thanks