Surf Snowdonia Wales

If you're heading to university this year - or you're just about to start writing your UCAS form - we know where your priorities lie.

Yes, you want to go to an establishment that's good for your chosen course - but it's also important to get the sports side of things right.

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You want to be safe in the knowledge that there will lots of time to surf/skate/climb/ride, which is why we've put together seven of the best universities for action sports lovers in the UK.

I picked my university because it had a surfer on the brochure cover - and it worked out totally fine.

P.S. We know there are dozens of other unis with awesome spots for surfing, skating and getting outdoors - these are just the tip of the iceberg.

Falmouth University Surfing

There are plenty of universities around the country with surf spots on their doorstep, but Falmouth University has a hard core community of surfers with a popular surf club.

Despite the less consistent swell on the south coast of Cornwall, it's just a short drive from some sweet breaks including the reef at Gyllyngvase Beach and the popular Porthtowan and Porthleven.

Looking for female surf pals? Get on the Surf Senioritas Facebook Group for starters.

If you're artistic, Falmouth is one of the best places to study graphic design and illustration - so what are you waiting for?

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If you're into skiing and snowboarding, you've got to go to a Scottish uni, right?

After all, these guys have real snowy mountains at Glencoe just two hours from their university campus - plus the Xscape snow dome and Bearsden dry ski slope round the corner.

With over 500 skiers and snowboarders in the Glasgow University Snowsports Club, you can be sure there will be plenty of like-minded shredders join forces with - and enjoy the annual trip to the Alps.

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Bristol is well-known for having a buzzing skate scene.

With at least seven skate parks in the city, it makes it one of the most skate-friendly metropolis in the United Kingdom.

You'll be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn't like skating on Bristol University campus.

After all, skaters have dominated the city since the 1970s - hear the full story here.

Looking for a female crew to get involved with? Check out the ladies from Rokeo Skate.

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Sheffield is often said to be the home of climbing in the UK.

Perched on the edge of the Peak District, there are a good number of decent climbing walls within walking distance of campus.

Alongside The Climbing Works and The Foundry, the University of Sheffield has its own wall - the Matrix - one of the largest fibreglass bouldering walls in the country.

For outdoor climbing, you've got Millstone, Lawrencefield, Burbage, Stanage, Rivelin, Higgar Tor, Froggatt all on your doorstep. What more can we say?


Wales and Scotland are some of the best places on the planet for mountain biking.

Edinburgh is amazing for local trails - with plenty to choose from within thirty minutes of Edinburgh University and Herriot-Watt.

Just 40km south of Edinburgh, you'll find Glentress and Innerleithen, some of the best biking centres in Britain.

Both universities have strong mountain biking clubs, so you won't be short of riding buddies.


Everyone knows that Loughborough is the sportiest uni in the country.

They regularly dominate university championships when it comes to competitive sports, so if that's what you're into then Loughborough is definitely for you.

Sixteen of the 31 British medallists at the Athens Olympics went to Loughborough University and its students won more medals in the 2006 Commonwealth Games than 32 countries, according to The Independent.

It's also rumoured to have the best-looking students - never a bad thing!

Surf Snowdonia Wales

Bangor University is located just on the border of Snowdonia National Park - making it one of the most beautiful locations for a university in the country.

It's got everything from climbing, mountain biking, paragliding to canoeing, surfing and sailing.

You can even study Sports Science here specialising in Outdoor Activities. The new Surf Snowdonia has opened up nearby as well, so you will literally never be short of ways to enjoy your time at uni.