Given the landscape in Maastricht and its surrounding region – the Limburg hills, the Maas river, the Zuid-Willems canal, and the Belgian Ardennes – sports are an important part of life here. Maastricht University (UM) offers its students numerous opportunities to keep fit. These include sports for teams or individuals, recreational sports or sports at a more professional level. Even professional athletes are offered every opportunity to combine their passion for sports with their studies at UM.

Based on the training facilities available, the high level of performance of students and research possibilities, UM in cooperation with the exercise science department decided to support the following five sport activities: climbing, cycling, field hockey, rowing and running.

Maastricht University’s sports organisation, UM SPORT, offers a broad sports programme to students. Students paying a small annual contribution can take part in numerous activities ranging from yoga to basketball, and from rowing to dancing. Activities take place in several locations in Maastricht and a lot of them can be practised at Sports Center Randwyck, a temporary sports complex including a modern gym, an indoor cycling room, a dojo and two major sports halls.

MUSST sports council

If you wish to participate in group sports, you can join one of the 23 student sports associations in Maastricht. As a member of such an association, you’ll find it easy to meet people and to become involved in sports in a different way. All the student sports associations are supported by the umbrella organisation UM Student Sports Council (MUSST). Its activities include the coordination of major sporting events such as the Dutch national student championships and the Batavierenrace, the largest student relay race in the Netherlands.