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Welcome New Students & Families!

We help Tar Heels Stay Active by providing a variety of activities, events and programs, like fitness classes, sports, workout spaces, equipment rental, outdoor programs, and more. Here you will find an overview of everything we have to offer, plus a map of our facilities, answers to Frequently Asked Questions, and more!

To us, staying active includes a wide variety of things, playing sports, working out, dancing, painting, being outdoors, making new friends…. 

Mission Statement

Campus Recreation provides a diverse and intentional recreational program in a safe, inclusive, and accessible environment which enhances the social, mental and physical well-being of the entire University community. Learn more.

Value of Campus Recreation

Academic Success, Professional & Leadership Development, Diversity & Inclusion, Engagement & Belonging, Physical Health, Mental Wellbeing, & Recruitment & Retention. Learn more.


All full-time undergraduate students receive an automatic membership through student fees. Non-students or part-time students can purchase a membership. Learn more.

Included in membership

  • Group fitness classes
  • Access to facilities and equipment
  • Intramural sports
  • Student discounts for other programs

Potential additional cost

  • Sport clubs (most have a membership fee)
  • Addition fitness programs like personal and group training
  • Challenge course events like ziplining (some free)
  • Expeditions (some free) and indoor climbing (free right now; typically $10)
  • Certification courses (lifeguarding, group fitness instructor, etc.)
  • Swim lessons, swim stroke clinics, etc.

Get Involved

  1. Follow us @unccampusrec on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok and Spotify

  2. Download our UNC Rec app on Apple or Andriod

  3. Stay up-to-date by checking our website regularly

  4. Register for activities on Stay Active (active membership & ONYEN login required)


Click for a map with markers on our facilities.

  • Two indoor recreation facilities/gyms with cardio equipment and weightroom equipment
    • Student Recreation Center (SRC) and Rams Head Recreation Center
  • Two indoor rock climbing walls
    • Fetzer Climbing Wall and Rams Head Climbing Wall
  • Eleven indoor basketball courts (Woollen Gym, Fetzer and Rams Head)
  • Indoor track (Rams Head), racquetball courts (Fetzer) and functional group training space (SRC)
  • Two aquatics facilities, one indoor and one outdoor pool
    • Bowman Gray Memorial Pool and Kessing Outdoor Pool
  • Outdoor tennis courts, volleyball courts and basketball courts
    • South Campus Recreation Complex (SCRC) and North Campus Recreation Complex (NCRC)
  • Eight multi-use turf fields
    • Hooker Fields and Ehringhaus Field
  • Outdoor challenge course, disc golf course and trails
    • Outdoor Education Center (OEC)

For video tours of our facilities, click here.

Activities & Programs

  • Fitness & Wellness 
    • Group fitness, FREE for all students and members, in-person & on-demand
      • Variety of formats including cycle, cardio dance, yoga, lift, etc.
    • Group training, additional cost, highly inclusive small group with instruction from coaches and progressive, functional workouts for all levels of fitness
      • Day, monthly and semester pass available (~$30-40 per semester)
      • Includes unlimited, in-person classes with access to recorded workouts
    • Personal training, additional cost, one-on-one in-person or virtual training, packages of 4 or 12 sessions (~$22 per session)
      • Online programming, additional cost, personalized workouts written by a trainer without meeting in-person, (~$70 per month or $210 per semester)
      • FitWell Checks, FREE 30-min “chats” with a trainer for support & advice
  • Aquatics
    • Two pools on campus, Bowman Gray Memorial Pool and Kessing Outdoor Pool
    • Open for lap swimming, reservations required right now, FREE
    • Swim lessons, swim stroke clinics, lifeguarding courses, etc. (additional cost)
    • Occasionally we host special events like HydroHIIT, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Battleship, etc. (typically free like group fitness and intramurals)
  • Intramural Sports 
    • Played between Tar Heels on-campus, like organized pick-up games, FREE
    • Open to everyone, range in competitiveness, some get really into it (typically the common sports) and some play for fun with little to no experience
      • Winners receive a Intramural Champion T-Shirt
    • Common sports: Basketball, flag football, volleyball, futsal (indoor soccer), etc.
    • Uncommon sports: Wheelchair basketball, innertube foosball, disc golf, spades, pickleball, spikeball, goal ball, battleship, crossnet, trivia, some e-sports, etc.
      • Not all sports are offered every semester
  • Sport Clubs
    • Campus Rec includes over 50 student-run sport clubs, similar to high school sport teams with regular practices and games, compete against other schools
      • Clubs range from instructional to competitive, depends on the club
      • Typically have additional cost for membership, depends on the club
      • Experience-level required, try-outs, time commitment, etc. depends
    • In short, everything depends on the club and these clubs are run by students so it is best to reach out to them with questions
    • Recruitment usually happens the first week or two weeks of school, and try-outs or practices start soon after, not all clubs are active every semester, contact information for each club (Heel Life pages) linked on our website here
  • Carolina Adventures
    • Indoor Climbing
      • Two indoor climbing walls, Fetzer Hall and Rams Head Rec Center
      • Typically additional cost ($10 per semester), includes belay test and rental gear (has been FREE for the last school year and summer)
      • Sometimes we offer Intro to Climbing instructional classes (~$15) or Newbie Nights free climbing trial (FREE) throughout the semester
      • We have auto-belays, bouldering, repelling, etc. and outdoor climbing expeditions, specific questions contact Russell Hobart, rhobart@unc.edu 
    •  Expeditions
      • Every semester we schedule a variety of expeditions like kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, hiking, camping, etc. around NC & beyond
      • Typically additional cost (~$10-50 per one-day trip and ~$100 for multi-day trips) covers all equipment, food, transportation, etc.
      • Outdoor Equipment Rental, students and members can rent equipment like tents, camp stoves, etc. (program currently paused due to COVID)
    • Challenge Course
      • The challenge course includes a low & high ropes course, 1,200 ft. zipline, etc. and is located at the Outdoor Education Center
      • Mostly used by organizations who reserve it with a group (Ex. New Student & Family Programs Orientation Leaders)
      • Additional cost for group reservations (varies), some special events like “Full Moon Zipline” offered throughout the semester (~$10 or FREE)


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