UBC students have access to many high-level recreation facilities on campus. Take advantage of them!


UBC has two student gyms on campus. There
is the Activities and Recreation Centre (ARC), located in the Life Building, and the BirdCoop, located in the Student Recreation Centre (SRC). While both gyms are all-level inclusive, many powerlifters favour the BirdCoop. Access to gym spaces is included in a $40 four-month gym membership, and group fitness classes are included in a separate $80 four-month membership. Private training, martial arts and dance classes can be purchased separately. In addition to these facilities, there are gyms at all UBC Residences.

Parks and beaches

UBC campus is surrounded by Pacific Spirit Regional Park. The park has a network of trails that are perfect for hikes, runs and bike rides. Within Pacific Spirit is UBC’s infamous nude beach: Wreck Beach is a clothing-optional beach located on the western edge of campus. The 490 steps on the way down to the beach may seem daunting, but the beautiful view of the sunset makes the journey worth it.

UBC Recreation (UBC Rec)

UBC Rec plans Intramural leagues at all levels for students to join. Participating in intramurals is a great way to meet new people and stay active during your time at UBC. UBC Rec also plans events throughout the year, like the traditional Day of the Longboat, a voyageur canoe race at Jericho Beach, and Storm the Wall, a relay race that ends in getting a team over a 12-foot wall outside the Nest.

UBC Aquatic Centre

All students have free access to the UBC Aquatic Centre, which includes a 50m competition pool, 25m recreation pool, leisure pool, hot tub and sauna.

Ice rinks

The Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre
is an indoor facility with three ice rinks. The facility offers free drop-in hockey, figure skating and public skating to UBC students with $4 skate rentals.

Fields and courts

UBC campus is home to a track and field oval and many indoor and outdoor tennis, basketball, volleyball and badminton courts. Students looking to play drop-in sports can access the SRC drop-in schedule online or rent balls, racquets and spike ball kits from the SRC front desk.

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to recreation on campus. Places to climb, skateboard, play table tennis and more are avail- able to anyone who wants to participate.