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

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:


Try All Fitness Classes for Free from May 21-27


Try over 90 different types of fitness classes from May 21-27, 2019!

Free Week is back again for the Summer with a variety of classes in Dance, Martial Arts, Cardio Conditioning & Strength, Boot Camps, Yoga & Pilates, or Strength & Group Fitness for you to try at no cost. Absolutely no experience is necessary, and all students, staff & faculty, and community members are invited to come. Happening at the Student Recreation Centre (SRC), ARC, and Ponderosa Studios, be sure to come early as some classes can reach capacity quickly.

For up to date schedules and information, please visit recreation.ubc.ca/free-week

The Wellbeing Challenge Winner 2019

Congratulations to Stuart Clarke who will be riding around campus in style and enjoying some amazing eats as the winner of the Wellbeing Challenge grand prize: a brand-new bike and dinner for two at Fable.

The Wellbeing Challenge, a collaboration between the UBC Physical Activity Office and UBC Food Services, ran from February 11th until March 8th, over the course of both Move UBC month and Nutrition Month. The contest asked participants to explore opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity on campus by picking up a Wellbeing Challenge Passport, and visiting a variety of recreational facilities and food outlets where a “wellbeing word” was posted. Participants wrote the wellbeing word on the passport and submitted the passport at the end of the challenge for the chance to win prizes.

“This was a great excuse to explore parts of campus that I never would have otherwise—like the UBC Botanical Gardens” says Clarke, who used his skateboard to visit the wellbeing location. Next year, he will be able to use his new bike!