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 January 7-13, 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

Joy | Faces of Recreation

Joy is a faculty member.

“I was motivated to create the program to improve community spirit, improve personal fitness and sense of wellness, help provide awareness of individual habits and means to improve them.”

Joy created the Walkabout in 2006 to improve community spirit, improve personal fitness, and a sense of wellness. She is a frequent visiter to the Osborne gym and active member of the Walkabout since its’ creation.

Joy’s Top Pick

UBC Walkabout

” My favorite things include the increased conversations in the stairwell as people start using the stairs rather than the elevator to increase their steps and the comments at the end of the walkabout about feeling better, enjoying the team approach to exercise, and having a sense of efficacy around their own health.”

The Walkabout is a nine-week health and wellbeing challenge that promotes regular exercise in social settings and allows for annual check-ins and goal adjustments. Staff, faculty, students, and community members make a team of five and log their daily steps to engage in a virtual race with other teams. The competition element makes it fun and interactive. The most important goal of the walkabout is to help make people aware of just how far they do walk each day when they take everything into account, even teaching, shopping, or cooking. Participants begin to develop a sense for what a healthy level of activity looks or feels like. The end of the nine-week walkabout is celebrated with an awards ceremony that showcase winners of categories such as “most actual steps.” It’s a great way to meet new people and to really learn about how an active lifestyle can be easily incorporated into your life.

Time For Walkabout!

UBC Walkabout is an annual nine-week wellbeing challenge designed to encourage physical activity and social interaction. Everyone is welcome to participate individually or by forming teams of five. UBC Walkabout is a fun challenge for everyone interested in adding more movement into their day. UBC Walkabout starts on Monday, January 21!

How can you join?

Register online before Sunday, January 27. Registration fee is only $10 per person, and includes the chance to win lots of great prizes!

Attend the kickoff event on January 16 from 12-1:00 pm in the Ponderosa Commons Ballroom. No registration is required for this free event and you can register for UBC Walkabout at this event!

Are you looking for more ways to be active? Join the Move U Crew at the Main Mall Fountain every Wednesday at noon for a guided walk. Find out more online.



A MOVEment is taking over UBC!

February is the month of movement at UBC! Move UBC is an annual campus-wide initiative to increase physical activity and celebrate the diverse ways we can move our bodies on campus. You already know that physical activity is a crucial aspect of healthy living, which is why Move UBC is so exciting! Move UBC is all about connecting staff, faculty and students with different free and low-cost opportunities to be active right on campus.

So grab a few friends and try something new this February! Here are some events we’re looking forward to:

  • Feb 1st – Kick start Move UBC month with the Cha Cha Slide, a quick noon time dance party at Martha Piper Fountain.
  • Feb 7th – Get ready for some bright clothes and glow in the dark paint at the Yoga Rave.
  • Feb 28th – Show the world why fashion never looked so fit on Wear Your Active Wear Day.

Find more events from groups and organizations all over campus on the Move UBC calendar. The Move U Crew can’t wait to get moving with you in February!

‘Tis the Season of Finals

‘Tis the season of finals, which means you’re probably not singing “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” just yet. Although you may be dreading the next couple of weeks, there are in fact perks to finals season!

1) Feeling stressed? Need a 30min break?

Get active and feel relaxed with the $15 UBC Recreation Yoga Pass and get unlimited access to daily yoga classes from December 1-15th!



2) Studying in the same spot again?!

Why not try somewhere new and while you’re at it try out a standing desk! Standing while studying can help improve concentration and reduce neck and back pain.

Not sure where to go? Try out the standing desks found in:

  • Scarfe Building: Education Library
  • Life Building: Kitty-corner to Subway
  • The Nest: Upper levels overlooking the ground floors
  • Woodward: Near the windows on the main floor of the library or basement level
  • ICICS Computer Science Building: When entering by Pacific Poke on the far left against the windows
  • Irving K. Barber: 3rd floor of the library or when coming from the main staircase on the right in the hallway near the washrooms


3) It’s the holiday season, which means campus is lit… literally!

Enjoy the beautiful lights displayed around campus with an on-campus run. It’s not all year that you can run down main mall and through Westbrook village with Christmas lights lighting your way!


4) On your way to a week-long bubble tea and McDonald meal streak?

Try out a 5 ingredient and 5 minutes max meal to change it up!


Still dreading finals? I’d beg to differ! Try out the above tricks and tips and you’ll be finishing finals with a smile.