This depends on the club you wish to join. With any club, you have to pay a membership fee. How much this costs is dependent upon the equipment needed for that sport. However, some BUCS groups members are required to purchase a Lancaster University gym membership to compete. 


Which groups have to pay for a gym membership and why? 


Sport Lancaster Plus Groups have to be a member of Lancaster Sports Centre in order to compete. This is for the following BUCS clubs: 

  • American Football
  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Basketball Men
  • Basketball Women
  • Boat
  • Canoe
  • Climbing
  • Cricket Men
  • Cricket Women
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Football Men
  • Football Women
  • Futsal
  • Hockey Men
  • Hockey Women
  • Korfball
  • Lacrosse
  • Netball
  • Rugby Union Men
  • Rugby Union Women
  • Rugby League
  • Sailing
  • Squash
  • Swimming & Water polo
  • Table Tennis
  • Trampolining
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball


You can choose any membership at the gym, the cheapest being a Bronze membership for £99 for a full year. Full details of membership can be found on the Lancaster Sport Centre websiteAs part of the package all Sport Lancaster Plus clubs listed above will have their BUCS fees including affiliation and transport costs covered (in line with current agreements). Members also gain access to the gym (at the times relevant to your level of membership) and exclusively for Sport Lancaster Plus clubs 6.15pm to 11pm every Sunday evening. Members have access to training facilities at least twice a week and will not have to purchase playing kit as it is provided courtesy of LUSU and the university to the club. This kit is club owned, not individually owned and therefore must be returned at the end of the year. The full terms and conditions can be found here


Please remember all members must take their library cards to every training session and gym session from now on to be able to partake.


Which groups do not have to buy the gym membership?


Groups listed below are still BUCS competing clubs, but with different training requirements (particularly off-site) and therefore members of these clubs are not required to have a gym membership, unless it is desired: 

  • Cycling
  • Handball
  • Pool & Snooker
  • Running
  • Shooting
  • Snow sports
  • Triathlon

Due to the nature of these clubs, they are primarily self-funded and therefore fund various activities as and when required, including kit, please contact individual clubs for more details.

Why have these changes been made? 


Here are the FAQs for why these changes have been made.


What if I cannot afford the costs? 


Anyone wishing to partake in any of the above listed sports, but experiencing financial difficulty and therefore feel unable to commit to membership costs please see the Sport Lancaster Access fund.