How do UBC Students get involved in recreation at UBC?

UBC Recreation aims to offer exceptional physical activity experiences that help Students: be their best while at University, build friendships and community, discover new ways to be active, and live a healthy school-life balance.

Reach your full potential at school

A little physical activity can go a long way at school! From reduced stress and anxiety, to better cognitive performance and increased productivity, as well as improved mood, UBC Recreation aims to help you reach be your best while on campus.

"It’s easy to get caught up in the stresses of student life, but it’s important to have balance."

- Julian Asselstine

Make friendships and build a community

Students who 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 classmates can make a world of a difference for your student experience.

"It was a huge stress reliever for me. I got to spend time with friends each week, have fun, and get some well-needed exercise."

- Michael Suey

Challenge yourself and try something new

Picking up a new hobby or activity can be intimidating or daunting, but there are plenty of affordable and fun opportunities to learn new sports or activities at UBC.

"After I started playing tennis, the quality of my life improved. After one clinic I was able to start playing with others and incorporate balance into my busy schedule."

- Minjong Kang

Fitness Centre Memberships:

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

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 Students can attend for free with a valid UBC card.

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, plus you can relax afterwards in the hot tub, steam room, or sauna – does it get much better than that?

Intramural Leagues:

Participate in one of the ten intramural league sports offered at UBC which includes: Volleyball, Soccer, 4v4 Soccer, Inner Tube Water Polo, Basketball, Flag Football, Futsal, Ultimate, Ice Hockey, and Dodgeball. Each league team has games once a week on campus, allowing students to quickly de-stress from studying and fit in a quick moment for sports with their friends amidst crazy school schedules. These leagues are catered to student schedules and student budgets.

Intramural Events

UBC has a legacy of iconic Intramural Events every year. Kick off the school year with 7 of your friends at Day of the LongBoat, a voyageur canoe race at Jericho beach, blow off some mid-semester steam at Gladiator, an event jam-packed with massive inflatable challenges, or wrap up your year with Storm the Wall which is a relay event that ends with your team “storming” a 12 foot wall. There are multiple intramural events happening every month of the year and whether you participate in a competitive team or just-for-fun, it’s guaranteed to be a memorable experience for you and your friends!

UBC Thunderbirds Sport Clubs:

UBC TSC is a competitive sport option on campus that is for students, by students. This program offers opportunities for highly competitive students to officially represent the university in sports at the non-varsity level, to build community, and to gain leadership and sport management skills. If you trained in one of the available sports in high school, or are looking to diversify your athletic skillset this may be the community for you.

Learn to Play Tennis:

Learn to play tennis with Adult 1.0 Clinics! These programs focus on the fundamentals and basics of tennis and include 4 or 5 weeks of coaching. From there you can progress to further levels of singles clinics or drills, or take an Intro to Doubles clinic! UBC Students get a discount on all programs, and you can also practice your skills with court booking discounts!

Learn to Swim:

Did you know that UBC Recreation offers a variety of swim lessons designed for students? For beginners, you can learn the life skill of swimming for just $3 per lesson for 8 sessions, the swim instructors will show you the basics of moving through the water!

Learn to Skate:

Want to learn Canada’s sport? Start with skating basics at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre. Our friendly and knowledgeable instructors will teach you skating and stopping basics so you can hop on the ice with your friends!

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

Facility Membership & Drop-In Fees:
  • Free drop-in swimming at the UBC Aquatic Centre including the steam room & sauna during public swim times
    • 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 information on all perks for UBC Students at the UBC Aquatic Centre please visit the Student Aquatics page.
  • Free drop-in public skating at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre
    • Discounts on other drop-in offerings like figure skating, stick & puck, or hockey
    • Discounts on skate rentals
    • Discounts on Learn to Skate & Hockey Programs
  • Discounts on fitness centre memberships at the BirdCoop & ARC
    • Discounts on fitness classes, boot camps, dance classes, martial arts classes, as well as yoga and Pilates classes
    • Discounts on personal training packages
  • Free drop-in sports at the Student Recreation Centre and ARC
  • 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 information on all perks for UBC Students at the UBC Tennis Centre please visit the Student Tennis page.

Activities for Students

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. 

Fitness Classes

Work Towards Your Goals!

UBC Recreation offers a variety of fitness classes – everything from yoga to boot camps, personal training opportunities, a spin studio, climbing cave, fitness centre and yoga & Pilates memberships, there is something for everyone.

Tennis for Students

Discounts and More!

The Tennis Centre is proud to offer a wide variety of discounted options for students. Whether you’re picking up a racquet for the first time, if you played tennis before, or if you are looking for court bookings – there is a student-oriented program for everyone!

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