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Swimming pools

The University of Exeter is home to two swimming pools across its Exeter campuses.

How to Book:

Please note all swimming sessions are non-bookable and are based on a first come first serve basis. The capacity of each individual session is 18 people. Please see the full pool timetable above for the most up-to-date information on when available customer swim sessions take place throughout the week within our opening hours.  

The outdoor pool is now closed for the season

Over the coming months, we will be carrying out work to ensure that we will be able to re-open as usual in Spring 2023.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who has come to the pool this season. We look forward to welcoming you back next year.

About the Outdoor Pool

Open seven days a week during our Spring and Summer months, our four-lane, 25-metre outdoor swimming pool is set in a large grass and patio area, heated to a constant 29ºc and staffed by qualified lifeguards.

Within the pool facility, we also have 6 changing room lockers, 2 toilets, 3 open showers and 12 small storage lockers.

Cornwall House Outdoor Pool is located at the rear of Cornwall House, number 80 on the Streatham campus map. There is limited parking near the pool but visitor parking is available on campus.


Lane Swimming  4 lanes in total: 2 fast (fins,hand paddles and kickboards permitted), 1 medium(only kickboards), 1 slow (only kickboards). Snorkles are not permitted!
Casual Swimming 1 lane(only kickboards), rest of the pool open for general swimming  
Family-friendly swim  No lanes - ideal for all including families

Indoor pool at St Luke's

Our 22.8-meter indoor swimming pool at St Luke’s Sports Centre is heated to a constant 29°c, is three lanes wide and 2.5 meters deep at the deep end.  

Throughout the week, the pool is available for lane, casual, and family swimming on a first come first serve basis with a capacity for 18 swimmers in each session. Please note that you cannot pre-book/reserve a space for any swimming sessions.  

Lane swim: Three lanes consisting of a slow, medium and fast lane are put in place allowing swimmers to choose a lane depending on their ability/goal. In the fast lane, fins and flippers can be used but please note snorkels are not permitted in the pool.  

Casual swim: 1 lane is put in place for swimmers wanting to do this, whilst the rest of the pool is left as an open space for relaxed swimming.  

Family swim: The pool is a completely open space with no lanes, allowing families and small children to enjoy the pool area and have fun! Small inflatables, floats, woggles and toys are permitted to be used in this session.  

For private bookings and special events at the pool, starting blocks and swimming floats are available. However, please contact to enquire about hiring and for any more information on this.  

The pool is also home to our acclaimed Learn to Swim programme, which helps over 700 children and a cohort of Adults learn to swim every week. The swim school takes place throughout the week and follows the Amateur Swimming Association’s (ASA) guidelines and caters for children aged three years and over. For more information on our swim school at St Lukes, please email 

Swim Membership and Prices

A swim membership allows you to make the most of our swimming pool, and swim as much as you want whenever you want in line with our timetabled sessions! Whether you are just looking to swim regularly on a relaxed basis or improve your cardio fitness within a pool environment, a swim membership is an excellent purchase! The price for a swim membership and sessions are as follows:  

Session type


Inclusive member of the University of Exeter sports facilities FREE
Child enrolled in St Luke's Swim School* FREE
Swim member/season ticket FREE
Under 5 (with fee paying adult) FREE
Under 16 Junior member of the sports facilities £2.00
Under 16 Junior non-member £3.00
Student member of the sports facilities £2.70
UoE Staff Member and Community Member of the sports facilities £2.80
Adult non-member £4.00
Monthly Passes
UoE Student Monthly Price (Non-member of sports facilities)* £21/month
UoE Staff / Corporate / Alumni (Non-member of sports facilities)* £23-£24/month
Community Monthly Price (Non-member of sports facilities)* £25-£26/month


If you have any queries about swim memberships, memberships in general or swimming at St Lukes Sports Centre, please don’t hesitate to call us on 01392724940 or email 

From Monday 12th September

  Early Lanes Lunchtime Lanes Evening Lanes
Monday 06:30-08:30 12:00-14:00 18:45-19:30
Tuesday 06:30-08:30 12:00-14:00 18:45-19:30
Wednesday 06:30-08:30 12:00-14:00 ----------------
Thursday 06:30-08:30 12:00-14:00 18:45-19:30
Friday 06:30-08:30 12:00-14:00 18:45-19:30
Saturday   Casual Swim 13:00-14:30  
Sunday   Family Swim 13:00-14:30