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

The Great Trek Festival

Get Laced Up for October 26

UBC is excited to announce a new festival that celebrates the tradition of student leadership and advocacy, and recognizes the rich history of the Musqueam people on the lands of the UBC Vancouver campus. See what the trek is all about.

Winter Break Camps Staff & Faculty Discount

Get 5% off Winter Camps

Staff are able to receive a 5% discount on UBC Camps in the Winter! After signing your child up for a camp, fill out the online forum to get your discount. There are exceptions to this offer, visit the page for more information.

Winter Camps

Kickstart a Heart

Wednesday, October 16

October 16 is World Restart a Heart Day. Be part of this day by learning to save a life with hands-on CPR and AED training! Free 40-minute sessions will be held in the UBC Life Building conversation space.

 Kick Start a Heart

UBC Triathlon Duathlon

Registration for March 7, 2020 is open

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.

15% Off 3-Pack Personal Training Session

Offer valid through October 7-31

From October 7-31 you can get 15% off a 3-pack of personal training sessions. This does not require a membership to either gym facility, and gives you a chance to work with our very friendly trainers!

Personal Training Promotion Staff and community

Walking Programs

Take a break and move a little!

Let’s take a well-deserved break to spend time with good company and human’s best friends. We’ll set aside our work for a short while to relieve stress and tension, and come back to them with clear minds and a happy disposition.

Walking Programs

Pro D Day Camps

Fall Mix N’ Match

If you haven’t figured out what to do with your kids during Pro D Day’s it is not too late. UBC Camps is offering a variety of camps that can be mixed together to offer the best option for your kids.

Pro D Day Camps


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