A pink unicorn stands clapping on a field of grass with spectators behind a fence.


Varsity is the biggest sporting event in the calendar at UAL. Every year, our sports teams compete against our rivals Goldsmiths’ sports teams, with the winner taking home the Arts Cup Trophy.

What is Varsity?

Varsity is a free event open to all students, so whether you want to compete, cheer our teams on, or just sample the party atmosphere, come and join in. If you’ve never been to a Varsity before and want to get an idea of the day, check out our video from 2020 and our pictures and video from Varsity 2022!

Every year is jam packed with sports fixtures across one day. We took home the trophy in 2022 and we will be looking to do the same again this year!

Please note that varsity is a dry event and alcohol is therefore not permitted on the premises.

Who can attend Varsity?

Only students who have memberships to the competing sports club can participate in the fixtures, but everyone is welcome to come and watch. So bring your friends and family along to support!