Fitness Centres & Locations

UBC Recreation’s Fitness & Classes programs are offered across two fitness centres, a spin studio, a dojo, and several multi-purpose studios across the UBC Vancouver campus.


ARC Exterior Access & Pedestrian Detour

Beginning in the summer of 2022, exterior access to the ARC Fitness Centre will be limited due to construction. To enter from the east side of the building, follow the fence opening at the north end and then make a left to access the ARC’s exterior doors and stairwell.

Facility Features

  • 8,000 sq. ft of fitness centre and multi-purpose studio space
  • Universal change room facilities
  • Personal training specific space
  • Functional training space
  • Scheduled studio drop-in with speed and heavy punching bags


The ARC is located in the UBC Life Building (formerly the old Student Union Building) on the lower and main levels of the building. As of summer 2022, there  is ongoing construction around the Life Building, so access to the lower level (fitness centre and change room areas) of the ARC is most readily accessed by either the elevator in the centre of the building or the east and south stairwells.


Current fitness memberships at the BirdCoop will also be valid at the ARC until their expiration. Community, staff, and faculty memberships (1 month, 4 month, 8 month, and 1 year) will be valid for access to the ARC (and the BirdCoop) for the duration of their term. Student memberships begin at $40/term and are valid from September 1 onwards. For more information about Fitness Centre memberships.

BirdCoop Fitness Centre

Facility Features

  • 8,000 sq. ft fitness centre
  • Olympic weightlifting & platforms
  • Studio drop-in for dance, martial arts, exercises, and more
  • Bouldering and climbing cave


The BirdCoop Fitness Centre is located on the ground level of the Student Recreation Centre (SRC). The BirdCoop desk and entrance is halfway down the hallway (across from the change rooms). Day lockers in the SRC are available for use while using the BirdCoop.