Monash Sport – Keeping Active
I hope you are having a lovely start to the new academic year in England! (For me, end of semester exams start next week!)
For a discussion focusing on my experiences with sports at Warwick, or just generally the benefits of getting involved and tips on fitting sports around your studies, please refer to my earlier post.
Throughout my blog posts, and increasingly so during exam season, I have stressed the benefits of keeping active, and rightly so – it is hugely important! I have been really impressed by Monash’s sports facilities and membership options – so if this is something that you are looking for in deciding a study abroad location, I can assure you that you will have a great time here!
(Please do note that any mention of specific facilities/prices may change – do check this yourself either on the Monash sports website or directly by calling the reception)
Along with having various sporting societies, Monash also has:
- A swimming pool
- Steam room
- Gym (which is known for being really big!)
- Table Tennis
The Caulfield campus also has a full stadium!
If you decide to research their facilities further, you will notice that they are split into different campuses (Caulfield, Clayton and Peninsula) – exchange students tend to be based in Clayton (sometimes Caulfield) so it is worth focusing on these. However, as a Monash student you can use the facilities from any of the campuses which are relatively near each other, so don’t worry if something that you are interested in is not available on the campus you spend the most time in. If anything it gives you a reason to explore a bit more!
Leading on to that, I also want to stress one of the great reasons to study abroad: trying new things! You may have decided to take on a new sport in your first and second year of university, which you may want to continue at Monash too, however equally – use the opportunity to try something completely different too!
For all the sports mentioned above, they also offer lessons which are a great way to meet others whilst also keeping active. Whether you are interested in casual sport or more intense, it is very likely that there is something offered to cater for this.
I have been particularly impressed by their free swimming lessons to those who don’t know how to swim, as part of their learning to swim and water safety program: https://www.monash.edu/sport/aquatics/learn-to-swim/water-wise
^ Swimming is such an important skill to have, even if it isn’t a sport that you have any interest in doing regularly. If this program exists when you come to Monash, and you have feared learning how to swim for years – I definitely suggest that you take up the opportunity! Remember that others there will be feeling the same way, there is no judgement! Two of my friends from halls took up this opportunity and they are really enjoying it.
For more up to date information on membership options please refer to the website:
On a broad level, however: they have different access levels and prices depending on what you are looking for.
Casual visit prices are also present if you think you may only use the facilities every now and then.
Not only do they have yearly memberships (or semester-based ones), they also have one month and fortnightly options which shows just how flexible being a member is!
You can then cancel your fortnightly membership when you are travelling for instance, and join again once you are back on campus.
I have visited the Doug Ellis swimming pool on various occasions (it is only a 5 or so minute walk from the residential halls!) and really enjoyed it.
Post swimming selfie 😀
Another way to keep active is getting involved in residential activities. They hold regular interhall netball/pool/swimming tournaments which is a nice way to make friends with people from other halls!
Interhouse bubble soccer was also really enjoyable!
To summarise: Monash has awesome sports facilities which I recommend you get involved in!
Shanita 🙂 xo