Sports Facilities

College sport is an important part of Durham student life. As the university says:

College sport quote
Source: Experience Durham (

Ustinov has 10 teams that compete against teams from other colleges in 7 different sports, even more if you also count pool and darts. You can find out more about our teams HERE!

Whether you play in a team or want to keep yourself fit individually, you will find your ideal sports facility in the list below!

Quick links:
Ustinov Gym
Sheraton Field
Durham School Swimming Pool 
Current Swimming Arrangements
Durham School Sports Hall
Durham High School for Girls Sports Hall
Archery Tennis Club
Maiden Castle

Gym. Photo by Kimberley Liu.

Ustinov Gym

The gym is located in Sheraton House, to your left as you enter the building. It contains various fitness equipment, including treadmills, elliptical trainers, cycles, a leg press, and numerous weights. Membership until the end of the academic year costs £10 for GCR members and can be purchased in the GCR office after filling in an online application form. More information HERE!

Weights section of gym. Photo by Kimberley Liu.

Sheraton Field

While this field does not actually belong to the college, it is the ideal outdoor sports playing ground if you live at Sheraton! Located right around the corner from the college, you can often see both students and residents playing sports or walking their dogs there. Please be mindful of other users! The map below shows the footpath leading to the field from the Sheraton site in yellow.

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Footpath from Ustinov College to the Sheraton Field.

Durham School Swimming Pool

That’s right, we are the only college where members get to swim for free! We will get a weekly slot in the Durham School swimming pool that will be free for GCR members (students who paid the levy). However, discussions are still going on…

Current Swimming Arrangements – from February 2019

After lengthy negotiations with university, we can now offer Ustinov GCR members to go swimming for free once per week! Starting from now, you can submit your receipts for one swim per week in the Freeman’s Quay Pool (…/…/Pool-timetable-and-prices) and get reimbursed afterwards.

How it works (2 possible ways):

1. In Person:
  • Reimbursements can be requested by visiting the GCR office between 6-8pm on any day of the week and bringing your swimming receipt.
  • You must be a GCR member and show your membership card. If you don’t have a GCR membership card yet, you can get it for free in the GCR office!
  • At the office, you will fill in a form with your details and leave your receipt.
2. Virtually:
  • If you prefer, you can also request a reimbursement by filling in our form online.
  • The reimbursement form can be found HERE. Please keep in mind that you still need to be a GCR member – our formulas will check.
  • Please scan your receipt so that the time and cost on it remain legible and email the scan to!

Once a week, the whole list will be compiled by our Clubs & Socs Officer who then passes it on to the relevant people in charge of reimbursements. Please note that you must submit receipts no more than a week after your swim to be eligible for reimbursement!
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email

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Durham School sports hall.

Durham School

The Durham School is only a ten minute walk away from Sheraton Park. Ustinov has special allocated time slots in their sports hall during which our teams can train there. If you have any questions, please contact cs.ustinovgcr(at)

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Carpeted sports hall at the Durham High School for Girls.

Durham High School for Girls

Located on the outskirts of town, a twenty minute walk away from Sheraton Park, this school has another sports hall where Ustinov teams can train during allocated time slots. The hall has a carpet floor and is therefore more suitable for frisbee, badminton, tennis, or netball than for any sports that require a smooth floor. There are no toilet facilities in this hall, but Josephine Butler College / Howlands Hall is just a ten minute walk away. If you have any questions, please contact cs.ustinovgcr(at)

Archery Tennis Club

Ustinov can get tennis practice slots here if there is sufficient interest. Please contact cs.ustinovgcr(at) for further information.

maiden castle footpath

Maiden Castle

Maiden Castle is a collective term for the university sports facilities along the river. Most college sports teams play their matches against teams from other colleges there. Contact your captain or cs.ustinovgcr(at) to find out where exactly your team plays!

You can also find an overview of the pitch locations here: Maiden Castle Map 18-19