How do Staff and Faculty Get Involved in Recreation at UBC?

UBC Recreation aims to offer exceptional physical activity experiences to enable Staff & Faculty to be their best at work, build community, and enhance their wellbeing. UBC Staff and Faculty can enjoy discounts and pricing on almost all UBC Recreation program offerings.

Reach your full potential

A little physical activity can go a long way at work! From better cognitive performance, to increased productivity, improved mood, and reduced risk for diseases like high blood pressure, UBC Recreation aims to help you reach be your best while on campus.

"I really enjoy finding an excuse to get away for my lunch hour! It's been great for my work-life balance."

-Dylan Brown, School of Kinesiology

Connect with colleagues

Build a culture of support in the workplace through physical activity. Moving together is a great way to have fun together, build stronger friendships, and feel connected to one another.

"We love getting together for a walk at lunch, Getting outside, breathing"

-Team "Walking Angels", Sauder School of Business

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

UBC Aquatic Centre Membership:

There are plenty of public swimming opportunities scheduled around a typical work day – or stop in to enjoy the hot tub, steam room, and sauna. UBC Staff and Faculty get a discount on memberships and drop-in swim passes with a valid staff ID card.

Fitness Centre Bundles:

One membership gives you unlimited access to two fitness centres, as well as spin & group fitness classes scheduled conveniently in the mornings, lunch hour, and after work. UBC Staff and Faculty get a discount on all memberships with a valid staff ID card.

Free Drop-In Sports at the SRC:

The SRC offers a variety of drop-in sports (from badminton, to futsal, to table tennis) that UBC Staff and Faculty can attend for free with a valid staff ID card.

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.

Lunch-Time Staff & Faculty Volleyball

We’ve recently introduced Staff & Faculty Drop-In Volleyball on Wednesdays at the SRC from 12:00 – 1:00 PM. No registration required and it is completely free for UBC Staff & Faculty. This program just requires you to show up with your gym shoes and is open to individuals with all levels of experience!

Fitness Classes:

Make physical activity a habit by having set times each week blocked off for exercise, and make it fun by signing up with some colleagues! With over 100 fitness classes to choose from (and discounts for Staff & Facultystrong>) you can find a program you will all 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 Staff & Faculty can also submit 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. On weekends there are often diving boards, the tarzan rope, and an inflatable obstacle course open during public swim! Check the drop-in schedule for updates on what will be available.

Family Hockey:

A fun way for parents and kids to play together in a safe and fun atmosphere. Check the drop-in schedule for “Family Hockey” drop-in times and UBC Staff and Faculty get a discount on their drop-in fee.

Facility Membership & Drop-In Fees:
  • Discounts on UBC Aquatic Centre memberships & drop-in swimming
  • Discounts on drop-in skating at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre
  • Discounts on fitness centre memberships at the BirdCoop & ARC
  • Free drop-in sports at the Student Recreation Centre and ARC
Classes & Programs
  • Discounts on fitness classes in the SRC, ARC, or Ponderosa
  • Discounts on aqua fitness programs, advanced programs, or lessons at the UBC Aquatic Centre
  • Discounts on tennis clinics, drills, and other adult programs at the UBC Tennis Centre
  • Discounts on adult hockey skills and skating programs at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre


Features for Staff & Faculty

Free Week

Try Something New!

Join us for UBC Recreation’s Free Week! There will be a variety of opportunities for you to try out different classes and activities. No experience is required for any of the classes and all abilities are welcome!

Winter Fitness Memberships

Open for Purchase!

Purchase your membership for next term today! While your at, there are Yoga & Pilates and/or Boot Camps & Spin bundles to spice up your work out.

Tennis Holiday Doubles Mixer

Friday, December 13

Play doubles, have fun, and meet people. There will be food and beverage provided after the mixer and a social at the UBC Tennis Centre. The Mixer also includes prizes throughout the evening. Come enjoy a night of celebrating with UBC’s friendly staff and tennis professionals.

Walkabout 2020

January 20 – March 22

Walkabout is an annual 9-week health and wellbeing challenge promoting regular exercise in social settings. Anyone is welcome to participate individually or by creating teams of five, and walking the distance of the virtual route.

Walking Programs

Drop-In Sports

Pickle Ball, Table Tennis and More!

There are a variety of facilities available on campus for different types of drop-ins. Online you can view the schedule for these facilities, and all the sports that the facilities are set up for at different times.

Drop-In Table Tennis

Register for NIRSA Canada 2020!

January 23 – 25, 2020

The University of British Columbia is pleased to host the 2020 NIRSA Canada Conference. We invite leaders in collegiate recreation from across the country to attend this annual conference to join forces in making campus communities healthier.

UBC Triathlon Duathlon

Save The Date – March 7

Kick off your 2020 race season with BC’s longest running triathlon. With a wide variety of distances and race formats, there is something for everyone. The swimming segment of this triathlon takes place indoors in the competition tank of the UBC Aquatic Centre. 


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