UBC Recreation is committed to providing all individuals on campus with welcoming, accessible, and enjoyable physical recreation opportunities.  Explore this section to find free and low barrier activities suitable for all abilities, backgrounds, and fitness levels.

What’s Your Movement Goal?

At UBC we believe that every individual is unique in their physical activity needs and that through recreation you can connect with the community, cope with stress, and improve your overall health and wellbeing. Knowing your goals for being active can help you to determine the best options available to fit your lifestyle. Discover some programs or events at UBC that might pique your interest.

  • Discover 124 different group fitness classes for no cost at UBC Recreation's Free Week from September 9-15, 2019. Details can be found on the Free Week page.
  • Join a free Guided Walk!
  • Find some time for drop-in sports and activities such as badminton and basketball.
  • Gain confidence and learn from a Personal Trainer
  • Simply sit less and move more. Find fun and different way to be active in February with the annual Move UBC campaign.

How Can We Help You Move at UBC?


Sometimes it can be hard to find the motivation to exercise between class, work, studying, commuting, and family responsibilities. We are committed to offering a diverse range of physical recreation opportunities suitable for all ages, abilities, and needs. If you have concerns about whether a program or event is right for you, reach out and let us help!

Call or send us an email at the Student Recreation Centre Operations desk to start the conversation and you will be directed to the appropriate person:
Tel: 604-822-6000 (SRC Operations Centre)
Email: src.operations@ubc.ca


UBC Recreation is a member of the Physical Activity Office and partners across campuses with multiple departments to help all UBC community members to move more and sit less.  The Physical Activity Office acts to improve individual health, wellbeing, and quality of life through a collaborative and coordinated approach to programming, research, and education in physical activity and health promotion. One of the many projects of the Physical Activity Office is the annual Move UBC campaign.  Find out how you can partner with us by contacting the Physical Activity Office directly at physical.activity@ubc.ca.

We want every person to find a way to participate in our programs. Wherever possible, we strive to adapt programs and events to offer all participants of all abilities the chance to try our programs. Here are some below!

Should you have questions about any of the programs you see both in the list above or anywhere on the Recreation website, please contact the Student Recreation Centre (SRC) Operations desk and you will be directed to the appropriate program manager:
Tel: 604-822-6000 (SRC Operations Centre)
Email: src.operations@ubc.ca


Physical Activity News & Upcoming Events

What is Move More, Learn More Really Like?

by Renata Luchyshyna


Are you curious about fitness but aren’t sure how or where to get started? Do you want to learn how to stay healthy while still keeping up with school? Join us for Move More, Learn More!

What is Move More, Learn More?

Move More, Learn More is a 9-week program designed to teach you about physical activity and health. Equipping you with the knowledge, skills, and confidence you need to improve your physical and mental wellbeing. All for only $25! This targeted program is open to all self-identified women, with a specific focus on catering to our Asian women student population – a group with (on average) low levels of physical activity. Move More, Learn More is designed for people starting out with health and fitness to try new activities and see what fits your lifestyle.

Move More, Learn More Fall 2019

Move More, Learn More class of Fall 2019

Does the program really work though? Don’t take our word for it! Here’s a testimonial from our most recent Fall 2019 program.

Sijia (Scarlett) Wu

Sijia (Scarlett) Wu

Move More, Learn More participant Scarlett Wu

I haven’t participated in UBC recreation programs before, but during the program I registered for adult swimming 100 and finished it. I did almost no physical exercise on a regular basis before the program. It changed a lot since the program. I print out the “Mood and Activity Diary” every week and easily reach the 150 min target. Usually it goes to 200 – 300 min per week but not very intense exercise.

I grew up as someone that was neither good at nor liked to exercise or play sports. My mindset has also changed since the program. I enjoyed many of the recreation programs I tried and found them powerful as well as beautiful. Now I know physical exercise can be fun and I have a positive attitude towards it when I have to exercise.

I’ve actually started to move more during and after the program. That starts after my first class knowing that the recommended minimum exercise time is 150 min per week, which is easier than I thought before. Also, I knew exercise was good for mental well-being before the program, but it actually never had such effect on myself. The instructor let me know the effect will not show so fast. After I tried for about a month, I can feel my mood goes up after exercise. This is also one thing that I am thankful to this program and makes me want to keep the habit of exercise.

With regard to our Monday classes, like 50% of the information was new to me so it enhanced my understanding of how one can work on well-being, which pushed me to take them into actions. The nutrition class introduced me to some new food (like bell pepper) which I now add into my daily meal. I also enjoyed the dancing classes on Wednesdays, especially the hip-hop one.

If I have to name one thing that is the best, I think is that the program does its job exactly: I move more after I learn more. And I am more confident to say I want to keep this habit. This is a great and worthy program for physical exercise beginners! You will refresh your mindset for physical activity and keep doing it willingly. You will also be provided a chance to try more than 15 different activities in UBC and find the ones you like. None of them are too intense for beginners so don’t be terrified. Besides you learn self-care techniques and win lovely prizes by participating the program.

Register Now!

If you want to learn about how to stay fit and healthy in 2020, join us for Move More, Learn More! Spread the word and bring your friends. No experience is required and no specialized equipment is necessary! Contact physical.activity@ubc.ca for more information.

Registration closes: Wednesday January 29th, 2020

I Like to Move it During Thrive Month

by Sahar Zandi Nia


There is an abundance of ways to adopt and maintain good mental health, and Thrive month is all about exploring what works best for you! Research consistently highlights five ways to help promote and support a healthy mind. These are called the Thrive 5 and they are simple ways to help you Thrive not just this month, but throughout the entire year!

One way to Thrive is by moving more! So take a stretch break, bust a move to your favourite song or try one of the following 5 ways to move it!

1. Walk Station and Stationary Bike Station


Want to study, but don’t have time to stay active? Say no more! Inside Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, you can find a walk station that allows you to walk at the same time you’re studying. They also offer a stationary bike so you can pedal while you meddle with your friend’s notes.

Where is it?

Located on the 2nd floor of Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

When is it?

Available during regular building hours, which can be found at https://hours.library.ubc.ca/#view-ikblc

2. Wellness Walks


Book a wellness walk or join the Move U Crew for one of their weekly 45 minute guided walks on campus. Not only will you get your daily activity, you’ll also have the opportunity to explore campus and meet new people! The Move U Crew will also be hosting feature walks through the Nitobe Memorial Gardens and Beaty Biodiversity Museum that you surely do not want to miss over the next few weeks.

Where is it?

Meet outside the TEF building by the Starbucks on Agronomy

When is it?

Every Wednesday at 12pm.
Find out more: https://recreation.ubc.ca/get-moving/walking/

3. Drop in Sports


Try dropping into sports! Is your lab partner annoying you about the way you’re holding your pipette? Challenge them to a one on one basketball match. Alternatively, catch a W to counteract all the Ls you’ve been taking this term by playing table tennis with your friends.

Find more info on drop in sports at https://recreation.ubc.ca/drop-in/src-drop-in/

4. Fitness Classes


It’s time to get moving on your new years resolution and finally get fit. UBC Rec offers a variety of classes like zumba, yoga, aquafit and spin. These are the only classes offered at UBC where you’ll be using towels instead of tissues.

Learn more at https://recreation.ubc.ca/fitness-classes/programs-classes/

5. Fitness Facilities


Stop being cooped up at your desk and arc your way over to the two gyms at UBC. Only for the price of 0.2 textbooks ($35), you can get a gym pass for a full term and finally bring a six pack of abs instead of drinks to next summer’s BBQ. You can hire a personal trainer to show you the ropes, or workout with a friend who can let you know it was “all you” the entire time.

Check out facility features and hours at https://recreation.ubc.ca/fitness-classes/fitness-centre-locations/

UBC Thrive Month Events

Hi there!

UBC Thrive month is finally here! Did you know there are many events being hosted with free food and prizes on campus? Today we will talk about some interesting ones, so make sure to check them out.


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  • Recharge for Exam Season

The UBC Wellness Peers Outreach Team will be hosting a concourse to recharge for the exam season. Drop by, take a study break from exams, and thrive with them for a wrap up to the Thrive Month.

WHEN: November 25, 2019, 3:00pm–5:00pm

WHERE: UBC Life Building Concourse – Vancouver Campus

Click here for more information


  • Guided Walk with the Move U Crew

Join the Move U Crew for an awesome guided walk around campus to recharge mid-day and re-focus for the afternoon. Look for them in the turquoise t-shirts!

WHEN: November 27, 2019, 12:00pm–12:45pm

WHERE: TEF 3, Outside Starbucks on Agronomy & East Mall – Vancouver Campus

Click here for more information


  • Thrive Birthday Party

Come celebrate the end of Thrive at its 10th Birthday Party. There will be cake, games, and prizes.

WHEN: November 28, 2019, 12:00pm – 4:00pm

WHERE: UBC Wellness Centre, Room 1400, 6138 Student Union Blvd – Vancouver Campus

Click here for more information


Also, for those who want to keep moving after Thrive month is over, SRC will be offering a Student Yoga Exam pass again this year.  For only $15.00, the Student Exam Pass can be purchased and will be valid from  December 1st – 21st (three weeks instead of the usual two), a great offer for those who want to destress during Final Exam period, or just enjoy some Yoga.


Hope to see you all there!

Get Ready for UBC’s Largest Spin Class!

UBC’s Largest Spin Class is only ONE WEEK AWAY!!! Still have some questions about what’s going on? Here’s all you need to know.

UBC Recreation and Thrive are collaborating to kick-off Thrive Month 2019 with UBC’s Largest Spin Class, in partnership with Ride Cycle Club and Saje Wellness!

Join us on Friday, November 1st for this FREE event which includes a 30-minute intro spin class as well as a rest and relaxation room with yoga for those who may not feel comfortable getting on a bike.

To stay up to date, be sure to check the Facebook event here.

We have something for everyone.

Important Details

When: Friday, November 1st, 2019

Where: UBC Student Recreation Centre (6000 Student Union Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1)

Spin classes will be starting at 11:30am, 12:15pm and 1:00pm. Make sure you arrive at least 15 minutes early to sign in, set up your bike and enjoy all the extra activities we have to offer!

Stretch, rest and relax with Saje Wellness in our Rest and Relaxation room in the studio.

What can I expect from the class?

We are excited to say that Ride Cycle Club will be bringing the energy and the fun to UBC’s Largest Spin Class. Open to beginners and any first-timers. Each class will be a full-body workout strengthening your mind and body. Riding to the beat of the music, get ready to get energized, inspired and challenged!

Who can attend?

This event is open to everyone regardless of fitness level or ability. UBC students, staff and faculty are all welcome as well as the public!

What should I wear/bring?

  • Wear comfortable clothes you move in and don’t mind getting sweaty
  • A change of clothes for after (don’t forget an extra pair of socks!)
  • WATER!!!
  • UBC ID (If student, faculty or staff)
  • Bring your friends, coworkers and roommates! There’s no better way to spend a lunch break than to get moving especially when it’s with people enjoy spending time with

***Spin shoes will be provided but feel free to bring your own if you have them

Where can I put my stuff?

We will have a bag check where you can leave your things however, FREE locker rentals are available through the UBC Recreation operations front desk.

How can I get ready for the class?

Make sure you drink lots of water before, during and after the class. Staying hydrated is very important. We will have water stations available but it is always best to bring your own water bottle.

Don’t ride on an empty stomach. Eat a good meal a few hours before or a light snack up to half an hour before.

What can I do after the class?

Take some photos at our photo booth to show-off that post-spin glow! Then head downstairs to enjoy our rest and relaxation room with Saje Wellness and move in studio. Stretch with a yoga instructor, participate in a movement assessment, have some snacks and refreshments and learn how you can stay healthy both mentally and physically through these cold winter months at our resource fair.

Everyone’s a Winner!

To help you stay moving, every attendee will receive a FREE spin class voucher courtesy of Ride Cycle Club as well as the chance to WIN some amazing prizes such as a Saje Wellness diffuser, roll-on kits and Fit Bit!

For more info on Spin classes check out: