Plymouth Life Centre


Our students and staff can keep active with FREE swimming sessions at the Life Centre during certain times - simply show your staff or student card on arrival (please note that spaces are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis):

University of Plymouth slots TBC

Our UPSU clubs and societies benefit from exclusive usage of the Life Centre pool for swimming & water polo, underwater hockey and surf lifesaving. If you're enrolled on our teacher training and sports science programmes, you can benefit from further pool availability for practical studies.

For further information, contact UPSU Sport.

More information on the swimming and water sports facilities available at the Life Centre can be found on the Plymouth Active website.


The Life Centre’s climbing wall - is one of the biggest in Europe and the only dedicated facility of this kind south of Bristol.

Our students and staff can access this innovative climbing zone with its 16-metre wall, aerial assault course, bouldering and abseiling. Allocated climbing slots at a reduced rate are available to students and staff during term time, with qualified instructors on hand.

University of Plymouth slots TBC

Thursday evening adventure and expo – club night

Find all information about ticket deals and offers available to students/staff.

More information on the climbing facilities can be found on the Plymouth Active website.

Free swimming and discounted climbing 

Our partnership with Plymouth Life Centre enables our students and staff to access free swim sessions and discounted climbing sessions. To view these sessions and more information please select the links above.

Contact Plymouth Life Centre

Contact Plymouth Life Centre main reception on +44 1752 606900

How to get there

The Life Centre is located just one mile away from the main University of Plymouth campus.

Milehouse Park and Ride bus service (100) departs daily from Royal Parade stopping at the car park located behind the Life Centre. The X1 also departs from the car park behind the Life Centre – on presentation of student ID there is a discounted fare for students.

Full-sized version of the map

Plymouth Life Centre bus route map

Swimming and Water Polo Varsity

Each year the University of Plymouth competes against the University of St Mark and St John in a Varsity competition.

UPSU and Marjon compete in both swimming and water polo using Plymouth Life Centre's fantastic facilities, enticing supporters to support at the Olympic standard pool.

Alongside competing, Varsity raised over £12,000 for the universities chosen charities, Teenager Cancer Trust and Broadreach House, and supported the Out in Sport campaign ran by the UPSU Executive Officers.

Read more about Varsity

Swimming 5 - Life Centre (Varsity 2015)

BUCS Southern Regional Team Championship Qualification Round 2015

In 2015 the University of Plymouth Students’ Union (UPSU) won the bid to host this event at Plymouth’s Life Centre for the first time. Over 200 individuals from 30 universities took part.

Read more about the Team Championships.

BUCS Southern Regional Team Championship Qualification Round (Swimming), 2015