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Busy and cash-strapped students of Manchester, we’ve got your back with our Better Student Health and Fitness membership. Our student membership lets you enjoy inclusive access to all our gyms, swimming pools and fitness classes in Manchester, online and telephone booking up-to fourteen days in advance and up-to 30% off non-member prices for other activities not included in your membership. 





Sugden Sports Centre provides gym, fitness classes, sports hall, pitches and a packed programme of activities for Manchester Metropolitan University, the  University of Manchester and the local community. Conveniently located in the city centre, there is a great choice of inclusive membership options on offer and pitches, courts and multi activity rooms are also available to hire for clubs, sports and events.


You’ll be able to use our fully equipped gyms with the latest equipment and accessible technology. Your membership also includes a free fitness session with one of our personal fitness instructors who’ll create a personalised fitness programme tailored to your needs and goals. You’ll also be entitled to a free refocus session every six weeks with one of our fitness instructors to keep you on track.

If you’re a complete newcomer to the gym or don’t have much confidence in how best to use the kit then take advantage of a free gym induction which will teach you how to use the equipment safely or introduce you to some pieces you’ve never tried before.

Find a gym near you

Find a gym near you


If the gym is not your thing or you like a bit of variety, we’ve got a wide range of swimming pools. Your student membership gives you access to use all our swimming pools in Manchester, so whether you want to do a few laps before a lecture or a water workout fitness class you can, at no extra cost.

Across Manchester we have a wide range of swimming facilities to choose from. With the superb Commonwealth pool at Manchester Aquatics Centre, and new pools at Hough End, Moss Side and East Manchester and Arcadia, you’ll be spoiled for choice.

Whatever you age you’ll find a session suited to you in our pools whether its lane swimming for the more athletics or just enjoying a leisurely session one of our swim for all sessions.

Find a pool near you

Find a pool near you


You’ll get inclusive access to all of our fitness classes at MCRactive leisure centres in Manchester. We have 100’s of classes taking place each week that are run by our fully trained professional instructors and range from low impact exercise like Yoga and Pilates to high energy total body conditioning and group cycle – so there’s no reason to get bored with your exercise routine.

Check out your local centre to find about the classes near you.


Our student offer provides gym, swim, fitness classes and Health Suite access across Manchester for just £199 for 12 months or £175 for 9 months. Your membership includes access to any MCRactive facility in Manchester including:

  • Manchester Aquatics Centre 
  • Moss Side Leisure Centre 
  • Hough End Leisure Centre
  • East Manchester Leisure Centre
  • North City Family & Fitness Centre
  • Arcadia Library & Leisuire Centre
  • Whalley Range Stadium 
  • Belle Vue Leisure Centre 
  • Sugden Sports Centre ( £150 for 12 months or £120 for 9 months)

* The MET card is accepted as a payment method online or at Manchester Aquatics Centre.

How to join

Joining couldn’t be easier, just visit our online store to get your student discount membership today! You can also join in person at any of our MCRactive centres in Manchester.

If you have a MET card you can use it as a payment type online or when you join in person at Manchester Aquatics Centre or Hough End Leisure Centre.


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Claim your free day pass

Still not sure? Put us to the test … spend a day trying everything your membership has to offer - without spending a penny. Try a free guest day pass for any MCRactive leisure centre of your choice.

Claiming your day pass is easy, all you have to do is visit the reception area of the centre of your choice with proof of your student card.

Terms and conditions

*Subject to availability, health suites not available at all locations. Activities, facilities and programmes vary by centre. Terms and Conditions apply, visit www.better.org.uk/offerterms for details. No minimum contract on prepaid Better Health and Fitness student memberships applies to some but not all membership types dependent on location. Other exclusions apply to the student membership, full terms and conditions are available at www.better.org.uk/terms, or speak to a member of staff at point of purchase.  A Better day pass entitles the user to access the gym, swimming or fitness classes at the selected Better facilities. Activities are subject to availability and may vary from centre to centre. A Better day pass cannot be redeemed at the following centres; London Aquatic Centre, Copper Box, Pancras Square Leisure, Charlton Lido and lifestyle club. Only one guest pass can be used per person, per borough within a three month period. Better reserves the right to refuse entry. We reserve the right to withdraw this offer without prior notice. Student membership is only available to those 16+ years old and in full time education (must be in further or higher education and studying for 15 hours plus per week). Valid student proof must be presented at time of joining or during your first visit to the centre if you sign up online. (Valid proof includes current enrolment/acceptance letter/or letter from college or university). Not available to part time students or those under the age of 16 years. This offer may not be used in conjunction with any other offer. Better is a registered trademark and trading name of GLL (Greenwich Leisure Limited), a charitable social enterprise and registered society under the Co-operative & Community Benefit & Societies Act 2014 registration no. 27793R. Registered office: Middlegate House, The Royal Arsenal, London, SE18 6SX. Inland Revenue Charity no: XR43398

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Keep up to date with the centre news, programmes and exciting forthcoming projects all at the click of a finger.


Getting to the gym is hard enough as it is without having to remember your membership card too right? Well we've got some news for you! Forgetting your membership card is a thing of the past! In fact its always in your pocket (on the Better UK APP) 

The Better App is now available to download on Google Play and Apple store.

Please click the links below to download:

Google Play store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.outsystemsenterprise.gll.BetterLeisureCentres&gl=GB

Apple store: https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/better-leisure-centres/id1486570989

For any issues such as password reset queries, please contact our Customer Experience Department at customerservices@gll.org.