Your quick guide to UBC Recreation terms!

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Confused about a term you’ve heard around campus? We’ve got you covered! They’re a lot of commonly used terms here at UBC Recreation that you will hear and see around campus. Here is your quick guide to understanding them:

General Terms

  • Recreation Login – UBC Recreations registration system, create an account to register in programs (you must have an account to register in any of our programs).
  • Adult Programs – programs for ages 18 and above.
  • Youth Programs – programs for ages 18 and below.
  • Drop-In – opportunities that are offered at various times throughout the day that don’t require weekly commitments (i.e. you can show up whenever you want to take part in these programs).
  • Active at Home – virtual programming hub to learn how to stay active at home with weekly live movement sessions, home workout tips, free workout plans, and curated resources to help get you moving at home.
  • Move U Crew – the Move U Crew enhances campus wellbeing by offering movement breaks in classes, conferences and meetings, hosting guided walks, and producing weekly blogs (such as Move U Eats where you can get healthy meal ideas).

Intramurals & Events

  • Intramural Events – the intramurals department puts on a wide variety of events every year ranging from soccer tournaments to glow in the dark yoga raves that are open to all UBC Students and Staff & Faculty. Some of the most iconic events are Day of the Longboat, Great Trek, and Storm the Wall.
  • Intramural Leagues – are a great way to play a sport you know and love with other UBC Students and Staff & Faculty in various levels of competition once a week (commonly referred to as “Leagues”).
  • Tri-Du – UBC Triathlon Duathlon, BC’s longest running triathlon and takes place on UBC’s campus.
  • Intramural Student Staff/Volunteers – the intramural staff are UBC Students who passionately volunteer their time and deliver some of UBC’s most iconic events, leagues, and marketing initiatives.
  • Free Agent – register as an individual for intramural events and leagues to be placed on a team.

Fitness & Classes

  • BirdCoop – one of two fitness centres on campus located in the Student Recreation Centre.
  • ARC – one of two fitness centres on campus located in the UBC Life Building.
  • Free Week – enjoy a full week of all fitness classes offered at UBC Recreation for free (held at the start of every term).
  • Women’s (Trans Welcome) Fitness – private studio time and access to equipment, located in the ARC (open to all trans and cis women who are comfortable in a space that centres the experiences of women).
  • Two-Spirit, Gender Diverse, Trans & Women’s  (W2sTGD) Fitness – private studio time and access to equipment open to all two-spirit people, non-binary people, trans women, and cis women. Also referred to as W2STGD.
  • Registration-based Classes – register directly in the desired class (includes all dance, martial arts, and cardio, conditioning & strength classes).
  • Membership-based Classes – purchase a Group Fitness Membership to get unlimited access to all group fitness classes. Once purchased, drop-in to any of the Group Fitness Classes offered throughout the week.
  • Group Fitness Classes – boot camps, group fitness classes, spin classes, flow yoga, hatha yoga, and pilates classes.


  • DMTSC/Arena – the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre, home to three ice rinks on campus.
  • TAHL – Thunderbird Adult Hockey League, competitive hockey league that takes place throughout the year.

Thunderbird Sport Clubs

  • TSC/Sport Clubs – UBC Thunderbirds Sport Clubs is a competitive sport program for UBC Students. Currently features twelve sports and fourteen teams which include: Alpine Skiing, Artistic Swimming, Cycling, Equestrian, Field Lacrosse, Nordic Skiing, Quidditch, Sailing, Table Tennis, Men’s Tennis, Women’s Tennis, Triathlon, Men’s Ultimate and Women’s Ultimate Sport Clubs.


  • AquaFit/Aqua Fitness – aquatic style fitness classes that take place in the pool.
  • Aquatics & Lifesaving Certifications – CPR, First Aid, and Lifeguard certification classes.

We hope this guide can help you better navigate our program offerings! If you have any questions, please reach out to