What's Available for UBC Students

Free Recreational Programming

  • FREE access to the UBC Aquatic Centre during all public swim times – averaging over 40 hours per week
  • FREE public skating at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre – averaging 7 hours per week
  • FREE basketball, badminton, volleyball, and fustal drop-in at the Student Recreation Centre – averaging 39 hours per week
  • FREE healthy living activities with UBC REC’s Rexercise program during Thursday lunch hours

Student Discounts

  • $25/term memberships to the BirdCoop Fitness Centre
  • Reduced student rates at most Athletic and Recreation facilities and intramural and recreation programs
  • World Class Varsity Program A word class varsity program with over 77
  • CIS titles and 91 national titles
  • Blue Crew Memberships for $15 to enjoy
  • unlimited access to all Thunderbird Varsity
  • home games and a Blue Crew t-shirt


Unique UBC Experiences

  • One of Canada’s largest intramural programs featuring over 55 formal and informal programs.
  • Diverse recreational programming with over 100 weekly instructional, outdoor, and fitness classes.
  • Uniquely UBC events including one of North America’s largest voyageur canoe races, Day of the Longboat with over 3000 participants; and the department’s newest philanthropic event, Lace Up for Kids, mobilizing the campus community to raise over $200,000 in the past four years.
  • One of the University’s largest student employers with over 400 student positions and over 140 student volunteer positions.
  • A wide range of facilities including the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre, the UBC Aquatic Centre, the John M.S. Lecky Boathouse, Thunderbird Park, Thunderbird Stadium, War Memorial Gym, the Student Recreation Centre, and the newly built UBC Tennis Centre.


The Department of Athletics & Recreation works hard to ensure that the students of UBC have the best possible experience while they are here. The funding model displays our commitment to financial responsibility and illustrates our dedication to student activities.