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Employee Recreation

We are proud to serve University employees through a number of facilities and programs, some of which are exclusive to employees! Explore the options below.


Campus Recreation offers two fitness centers, an indoor and outdoor pool, and multiple gymnasiums as well as outdoor recreation spaces to recreation members. Find facility hours of operation here.

Trial Membership (Currently Unavailable)

Campus Recreation provides a FREE one (1) week trial membership. This trial membership is available to permanent employees of the University and UNC Hospitals. It is not available to family members (spouse/partner or children) of University or UNC Hospitals employees. The trial membership gives access to the following recreation facilities (subject to hours of operation): Bowman Gray and Kessing Pools, Fetzer Hall, Rams Head Recreation Center, Student Recreation Center, and Woollen Gym.  The trial membership does not provide access to programming such as climbing, intramural sports, and personal training.

You must have a UNC One Card to receive the trial membership.


In addition to providing lap and leisure swimming, the Aquatics program offers a number of swim lessons and courses for both rec members and non-rec members of all ages and skill levels. You can even bring non-UNC affiliated friends and family to partake in these offerings! 

Outdoor Education

Take advantage of the Outdoor Education!  The Outdoor Education Center (OEC) is a 20-acre wooded, green space 10 minutes on foot from the Student Union. Outdoor Education includes three main programs: the Challenge Course, Expeditions and Climbing. These programs offer students, university groups and staff and other community members a variety of invigorating and empowering opportunities through the process of experiential education or “learning by doing.”

Intramural Sports

If you are looking for camaraderie, athletic activity and friendly competition, get involved in an employee intramural league. Check out the various sport offerings of the Intramural Sports program and start or join an employee team!

Special Events

In addition to other special events that are available to employees year round, Campus Rec hosts two employee-only fun runs, Spring Fling and Jingle Bell Jog, annually. These are social events that hundreds of employees enjoy each year!

H.E.E.L.S. for Health Listserv

To hear about the latest employee wellness offerings, including events, challenges, and helpful advice, click here to add your email to the employee listserv.

Additional Employee Rec Offerings

Please note: Grid blocks labeled only “Campus Rec Members” are programs that can only be utilized by employees with a recreation membership

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