University Climbing Walls

Are you looking to expand your university’s sports facilities, or broaden the number of extra-curricular sports activities available to your students? Perhaps you have a university climbing society and want to offer members the opportunity to climb on campus?

Climbing can be both mentally and physically stimulating for your students, increasing overall fitness as part of a sports programme, club, or society, and improving skills such as communication, teamwork, and problem-solving.

We’ve built over 7,300 school climbing walls!

Over 7,300 schools, colleges, and universities have trusted EP Climbing to build their climbing wall so far. We’ll work with you to design, produce, and install a bespoke wall that meets the needs of your students. You choose the style you’d like, and we’ll take it from there.

We can even match the colours of your university climbing wall to your branding – and add a university emblem or crest to boost your students’ sense of belonging.

What type of climbing wall would be right for my university?

Bouldering walls and roped climbing walls are recommended for universities, offering climbs of varying difficulty to challenge your students. We can also install free-standing boulders in recreation areas, to add some excitement to your outdoor space.

Roped climbing walls for universities

Roped climbing walls allow your students to climb as high as possible with the comfort and safety of a rope, enabling them to push their skills and abilities without being held back by the prospect of falling. The use of ropes likewise makes challenges accessible to all, with climbing difficulty varying from beginner to more complex depending on the needs of your students.

Requiring a minimum height of 6-10 metres, roped walls are typically installed at one end of a university multi-sports hall, using very little floor space which allows for other sports and activities to take place when not in use. Fold-away safety matting can be fitted to further maximise space.

Roped walls may be used for either top rope or leading, with the added option of being equipped with TRUBLUE auto belays – to enable climbers to ascend without the need for a partner.

University climbing wall packages include all necessary equipment, such as ropes and harnesses, plus our team will train your staff to supervise climbers safely.

Gordonstoun School

Royal Grammar School

Warwick University

Imperial College

Bouldering walls for universities

Bouldering combines balance, strength, and technique to complete a short but challenging sequence of moves, known as ‘problems’. A sociable form of climbing, bouldering is great for group sessions – perfect for your university climbing society. As with roped climbing, the difficulty of your university bouldering wall can be adapted based on the capabilities of your students.

At around 4 metres high, bouldering walls are an ideal solution for spaces without a great deal of height. No ropes or harnesses are used in bouldering and as such, thick safety matting is required at the foot of the wall.

University recreation area boulders

Ideal for outdoor recreation areas, free-standing boulders replicate natural rocks, providing a more natural and adventurous feel to climbing within your campus grounds. Boulders offer 360-degree climbing, with the possibility for students to climb on top if they’re feeling brave.

Made from resin, boulders are built to withstand the elements of the Great British weather.

We’re not only a university climbing wall manufacturer!

Aside from manufacturing your university climbing wall, our dedicated team will also take care of your annual maintenance, ensuring that your university’s walls are fit for purpose and giving your staff peace of mind that students are climbing under safe conditions.


EP Climbing produces not only climbing walls, but also the holds, macros, and volumes needed to create fun and testing challenges for your students.

As an International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) Authorised Producer, you can rest assured that our holds are of the utmost quality. In addition to providing you with climbing holds, our specialist routesetters can create tailored challenges for your university climbing walls.


Think your students could take on a vertical race? Or even beat a world record? We can also install an IFSC approved speed timer to your wall, to test the speediness of your students.

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