How do UBC Grad Students Get Involved in Recreation at UBC?

UBC Recreation offers exceptional physical activity experiences that help Grad Students: be their best while at University, build friendships and community, and enhance their wellbeing. UBC Grad Students can enjoy discounts on almost all UBC Recreation program offerings.

Reach your full potential

Physical activity can help you in so many different ways - from reducing stress and anxiety, to increasing productivity and your mood! We aim to help you reach the highest level of success while on campus.

"I finished my master's thesis well under two years, huge credit goes to UBC Recreation for keeping me both mentally & physically active."

-Usman Nasim, UBC Grad Student

Make friendships and build a community

Students that participate in recreation programs at UBC are more likely to report that they have supportive friendships and a sense of belonging at UBC. Taking a break from studying to enjoy some fresh air or physical activity with friends or your family can make a world of a difference for your University experience.

"As a graduate student coming from another province, one of the biggest challenges is to make new friends. UBC Recreation has opened up many opportunities for me to meet new people and make meaningful relationships."

-Danni Zhang, UBC Grad Student

Make physical activity a family affair

All children should experience the positive benefits of physical activity and families play an important role in determining how children incorporate activity into their life. UBC Recreation offers opportunities for you to enable children to be physically active, as well as opportunities for you to make family time - physical activity time!

"It's convenient to have programs so close to work and the hockey programs and instructors are great!"

-James Webber, Athletics & Recreation

Fitness Centre Memberships:

Our affordable memberships gives you unlimited access to two fitness centres on campus. Round out your weekly workouts by adding on memberships for Yoga & Pilates or Spin & Group Fitness classes to help you conveniently fit activity into your day.

Free Drop-In Sports at the SRC:

The SRC offers a variety of drop-in sports including badminton and table tennis. UBC Grad Students can attend for free with a valid Student ID card. Be sure to pre-register beforehand.

Aqua Fitness Classes:

Increase your physical activity, flexibility, and have fun in a low-impact setting. Drop-In Aqua Fitness classes are free to attend with a valid Student ID card. Registration is required.

Free Guided Walks:

Take a moment at lunch to enjoy a walk on campus with your coworkers. Guided by the Move U Crew, these walks are a great way to move a little during the day, and see UBC outside of the office.

Intramural Leagues & Events

UBC Intramurals hosts numerous iconic events throughout the school year as well as offering various sport league options. Whether you participate in a competitive team or just-for-fun, it’s guaranteed to be a memorable experience for you and your friends!

Outdoor & Virtual Fitness Classes:

Whether you live on campus or studying at home, make physical activity a habit by having set times each week blocked off for exercise, and make it fun by signing up with some friends! With a variety of fitness classes held on campus or a virtual fitness class over Zoom, we are confident you will find a program you will love and that fits into your schedule.

UBC Camps:

UBC Camps offers half-day and full-day camp offerings during Pro-D Days, Spring Break, Winter Break, and in the Summer. UBC Grad Students are also eligible for a discount on their child’s camp.

Drop-In Swimming:

Take advantage of the family drop-in rate and enjoy a few hours in the pool. Registration is required

Get Active At Home and Play & Learn At Home:

Studying from home can be a challenge but UBC Recreation is offering free resources to thrive from the comfort of your own home. We make getting active at home fun and easy with live movement breaks, virtual fitness classes and monthly fitness challenges with plenty of prizes up for grabs. We also have resources to keep your children active and occupied while at home with recorded Play & Learn sessions led by our UBC Camps team. There’s also a variety of blogs with activity ideas to do as a family.

Please note all of these discounts are available to UBC Grad Students when they have paid their A&R Fee with their student fees, and when they present a valid Student ID card.

UBC Aquatic Centre:
  • Free drop-in swimming at the UBC Aquatic Centre
    • Includes free access to Drop-In Aqua Fitness Classes
    • Discounts on Specialty Drop-In Aqua Fitness Classes
    • $3 Student Swim Lessons for Beginners
    • Discounts on Adult Lessons
    • Discounts on Advanced Programs, Certifications, and other Adult Aquatics Programs
    • For more information, contact the Aquatic Centre.
  • Free drop-in sports at the Student Recreation Centre and ARC
  • Discounts on fitness centre memberships at the BirdCoop & ARC
    • Discounts on fitness classes, outdoor boot camps, dance classes as well as yoga and Pilates classes
    • Discounts on personal training packages
Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre
  • Discounts on programs at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre
    • Discounts on drop-in offerings like figure skating, stick & puck, or hockey
    • Discounts on skate rentals
    • Discounts on Learn to Skate & Hockey Programs
UBC Tennis Centre
  • Discounts on adult programs at the UBC Tennis Centre
    • Student Drills Sessions are a dedicated program just for UBC Students to take their tennis game to the next level during the lunch hour
    • Discounted Court Bookings during specific student hours.
    • For more information, contact the UBC Tennis Centre.

Features for UBC Grad Students

Free Virtual Yoga & Zumba Classes

Tuesdays & Thursdays at 5:30pm

In partnership with the Graduate Student Society (GSS), we ‘re offering free Yoga (Tuesdays) and Zumba (Thursdays) classes for all Grad Students online that you can participate in the comfort of your own home. Led by a UBC Recreation Instructor, join us for a fun workout! 

Fall Programs

Registration Opening Soon!

From Aquatics to Tennis to Fitness and everything in between, there is something to fit everyone’s schedule! With youth and adult programs on offer, register for yourself or your children in different classes early or challenge yourself and try something new this season.

Wellbeing Walks

Every Wednesday at noon during Term 1

Walking is a convenient, accessible, and easy way to improve your health, reduce stress, and make connections with the community and nature. Join the Move U Crew on Wednesdays at noon for a free 45 minute guided walk around campus.

Fitness Classes

UBC Student Discount

UBC Recreation offers a variety of fitness classes both on campus and virtually over Zoom – everything from yoga to outdoor boot camps, personal training opportunities, fitness centre and yoga & Pilates memberships; there is something for everyone. Best of all, UBC Grad Students get a special discount on all classes on offer.

UBC Thunderbirds Sport Clubs

14 teams across 12 sports and 350 student athletes

UBC Thunderbirds Sport Clubs (TSC) is an opportunity for students to officially represent the University in competitive sport, to gain experiential learning opportunities and develop leadership skills. If you are passionate or competitive about sports such as Cycling, Triathlon or Nordic Skiing and are looking for a place to connect with other passionate students for their sport, TSC may be the place for you!

Intramural Events & Leagues

This year will take a new twist when it comes to Intramural Events and Leagues! There will be numerous online offerings ranging from a Virtual Run Roll Walk club to eSport competitions and more. For those on campus there will be a variety of in person sports such as basketball contests, lawn sports, soccer contests, and more available! 

Information on these events and leagues has not yet been released, but will be coming online shortly. 

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