Fireworks, champagne and drunken renditions of ‘Auld Lang Syne’. That’s right, the New Year is upon us and so are the New Year’s resolutions we pretend we’ll keep. That said, I headed back to York University proud in the unrealistic notion that I was going to join the gym and really work at getting fit this year.
Alas, I spent all of 10 minutes at the gym, the entirety of which was spent at the reception, staring bleakly at the shiny machines that taunted me with their promises of getting fit, while I vainly attempted to argue with, bribe and blackmail the gym staff. My argument is this: if I had not been so dismayed at the sheer price of attending York University gym, I would be there now, shifting weights and running on the treadmill, happy in the knowledge that thus far my New Year’s resolution was still intact.
Instead, I am back in my room, allowing any dreams of fitness to waste away in order to instead write this article about how I would have gone to the gym, had it not been so damned expensive.
At £256 per year (including the sports membership fee of £40 that claims to ‘save’ students money), York has one of the highest, and in my opinion ridiculously overpriced, university gym memberships available. As a basic contrast, I offer you the annual membership costs of three other universities; Liverpool students will have to pay £116 this year; students at Hull will have to pay £175 and Birmingham students will pay £179.
In other words, I could pop down to Liverpool University gym a good 5 times (having paid the year’s membership and assuming that train fares will cost me approx. £20 return each time) and still be paying less than going to the gym at York Uni. Clearly that would be ridiculous- the 10 minute walk to the gym on campus just to exercise some more, gives me grief enough- but the point stands.
The University has drawn people in with the false hope of say, paying £100 (including a £40 sports membership fee) for 3 months membership. At around £33.33 p/m, you might think this is a reasonable price, until you realise that each term is only 2 months long. I assume like me, you won’t be using the university gym whilst you’re at home in Manchester, so that last month over Christmas/Easter is wasted. So really you’re paying £100 for 2 months membership, or £50 p/m. Not so good.
Another New Year, another New Year’s resolution out the window and it’s only Jan. 11th. Congratulations must go to the University of York for that.