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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 that the only bookable session is the Family Friendly swim at the Outdoor Pool. It is recommended that you book this session in advance as spaces are limited. Bookings can be made via our website, or by calling us on 01392 722515. Please note that payment must be taken on booking to secure your spot.

All other swimming sessions are non-bookable and are based on a first come first serve basis. 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.   

Admissions Policy:

Children under the age of 8 years must be directly supervised in the water by a responsible person aged at least 18 years, the parent or legal guardian.

  • 1 Adult to every child aged 3 years and under
  • 1 Adult to 2 children aged 4-7 years
  • This person must directly supervise under 8’s (i.e. be within reach) at all times.

Now closed for the 2023 season!

The Outdoor Pool has now closed for the year. We would like to thank all of our customers who has supported the facility throughout the summer season, and 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. Booking in advance is recommended as spaces are limited.

Private Hire & Pool Parties at the Outdoor Pool - from 6th May 2023!

Our Outdoor Pool is now available for private hire on a Saturday & Sunday afternoon!

Between 15:00 and 16:00 you can have exclusive use of the Outdoor Pool on our Streatham Campus for up to 30 people for just £95!

This includes private use of the facility, a lifeguarded pool for your group and the opportunity to challenge your guests to reach the end of our floating bridge without falling in to claim a prize!

You are welcome to invite your guests to make use of our grass areas and benches for an hour afterwards to enjoy your own picnic – a complete event in one location. 

To find out more information and check availability please contact

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.  

SwimFit: Swim fit is a class which uses a mixture of strokes, speeds, lengths and exercises to provide a more varied way to work out and improve fitness rather than traditional lane swimming. Class included in our Gym & Classes / Premium Membership. Pay-as-you-go options available for other members and non-members also welcome.

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 more information.  

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

Term 1: 18/09/23 - 15/12/23

  Morning Lane Swim Lunch Lane Swim Evening Lane Swim
Monday 06:30-09:30





Tuesday 06:30-09:00 12:00-14:00 Float Fit: 18:30-19:30
Wednesday  06:30-10:00  12:00-14:00 Swim Fit: 19:30-20:30
Thursday  06:30-10:00  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  

Family Friendly Swim: 13:00-14:30


‌Please note, this timetable will change during the October half term (23/10/23-29/10/23)

Swim Prices

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/Premium member FREE
Swim and Gym member FREE
Child enrolled in St Luke's Swim School* FREE
Swim member FREE
Under 5 (with fee paying adult) FREE
Under 16 Junior non-member £3.00
UoE Student member of the sports facilities £3.00
UoE Staff, alumni, retired, or corporate member £3.00
Public member £3.00
Adult non-member £4.50
Monthly Passes
UoE Student Monthly Price (Non-member of sports facilities)* £21/month
UoE Staff / Corporate / Alumni (Non-member of sports facilities)* £23/month
Community Monthly Price (Non-member of sports facilities)* £25/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