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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. How do I sign up? Do I need to pay or anything? Is there a listserv? Nope! There is no need to “sign up” for Campus Rec. All full-time students automatically receive a membership, so once you are enrolled you are eligible to participate. Use your ONYEN to sign in to your Stay Active portal to register for activities. We do not have a listserv so we communicate updates through social media and our website.
  2. Where are the gyms on campus? There are two gyms (recreation centers) on campus: Rams Head Recreation Center and the Student Recreation Center (SRC). See them on the map. The SRC and Fetzer Hall are attached with two main entrances. Although it has “gym” in the title, Woollen Gym is made up of classrooms, weight rooms and space for LFIT and EXSS classes, basketball courts, and has the indoor pool attached.
  3. What equipment do the gyms have? It’s hard to describe how much each gym has, but both are fully stocked similar to any commercial gym. Check out these videos for more: Student Rec Center Tour and Rams Head Recreation Center Tour.
    • Both gyms have a wide variety of equipment. Weight lifting equipment: Squat racks, barbells, dumbbells, weight plates, benches, resistance machines, plyo boxes, and more. Cardio equipment: Ellipticals, treadmills, bikes, stair-steppers, rowers, arm ergometers, jump ropes, an indoor track, and more.
      • Equipment specific to each gym:
        • Student Recreation Center: Newer equipment, weight lifting platforms with attached squat racks, turf area, variety of barbells, TRX suspension straps, pull-up bar rig with wall-ball targets, stair-stepper, and more.
        • Rams Head Rec Center: Newer building, less free weight equipment, same machines, indoor track, attached rock climbing wall, attached locker rooms, and more.
  4. Do you have indoor rock climbing walls, auto-belays or bouldering? Yes, we have two indoor climbing walls, Fetzer Climbing Wall (accessible through the SRC or Fetzer) and one in Rams Head Climbing Wall. We have auto-belays and a bouldering wall in Fetzer. Check out the video links for more!
  5. Do I have to pay to use the indoor climbing walls? Typically, there is an additional cost associated with using the climbing wall, but it includes belay test and equipment rental. This fee (~$10) was waived for the past year due to COVID, but this may change come the fall semester. Learn more.
  6. Do I have to pass a belay test to use the indoor climbing walls? Yes, you have to pass a belay test to belay others at the climbing walls. Experienced belayers may take a belay test and will be allowed to belay if they pass the test. Otherwise, the climbing wall staff will be happy to belay you and instruct you on the use of our auto belay stations in our Bouldering/Auto Belay Orientation. Inexperienced climbers can sign up for our instructional classes that are typically offered throughout the semester.
  7. Can I rent equipment like basketballs or racquets? Yes, equipment rental is available, although it was paused due to COVID. Learn more
  8. What are the facility hours? The facility hours may vary throughout the semester, specifically around finals and break. During the semester, the gyms are typically open between 6am and 11pm, most likely 8am-8pm. The pool is open around 6am-7pm. The rock walls are open in the afternoon and evening. Other facilities, like the outdoor fields and basketball courts are available when other events are not going on. Learn more.
  9. Do you offer ______ group fitness class? Probably! We have a wide variety of group fitness classes: cycle, yoga, cardio dance (Zumba), barre, pilates, step, HIIT, bootcamp, and more. During the semester, we typically offer 30+ classes per week so we usually have what you’re looking for!
    • Formats we do NOT have: “hot” yoga, aerial yoga, pilates with a reformer or other props, boxing, or water aerobics (sometimes for a special event).
  10. Are there locker rooms and/or showers to change between classes? Yes, there are locker rooms with showers in all facilities including the pools. Front desk staff are happy to show you to the locker rooms. 
  11. Are there gender neutral restrooms? There are gender neutral restrooms and changing rooms in all our facilities. There is a gender neutral changing room with a shower at Bowman Gray Memorial Pool. Learn more
  12. What is the difference between Intramural Sports and Sport Clubs? This is the most popular question at Orientation! Intramural sports are short-term, recreational activities that take place on-campus and only involve participants from Carolina, Tar Heels playing Tar Heels. Sport Clubs are University-recognized student organizations that are student-run and student-funded. Typically, these are year-round clubs that compete in intercollegiate competitions on a local, regional, and national scale.
  13. Do you offer ______ Intramural Sport? Potentially! We offer a wide variety of Intramural Sports and they vary semester to semester. Not all sports are offered every semester.
    • Intramurals we offered during the Spring 2021 semester: Among Us, Fortnite, ACC Pick Em, Rocket League, League of Legends, 8-ball pool, Trivia, Super Smash Bros, Disc Golf, Cornhole, HORSE, Soccer Tennis, Spikeball, Crossnet, 2v2 Sand Volleyball, Mario Kart, Pickleball, Innertube Foosball, and more.
  14. Can I create my own team to play Intramural Sports? If I don’t have a team, can I join one? You can register for an Intramural Sport by creating your own team with friends, classmates, etc. or as a “free agent” and you will be assigned a team. You sign up through Stay Active, but feel free to contact our Sport Programs staff with questions. 
  15. Do you have a ______ Sport Club? Probably! Our list of active Sport Clubs is on our website. Check it out and click the sport club to view their contact info.
  16. When are practices, try-outs, games, etc. for ______ Sport Club? It depends! Sport Clubs are student run and practices, try-outs, experience level, etc. depend on the club.
  17. Can I work for Campus Rec? Yes, please do! We typically do not hire new students to start working their first semester. There are some exceptions depending on need and desired position (Ex. If we need lifeguards and you are already certified.) We do two hiring periods during the year around the middle of each semester. Apply in the middle of the Fall semester to start working in the Spring, and in the Spring to start working Summer or Fall. Check out our available positions and look out for more information!
  18. Do I need experience to do ______? It depends, but typically no, you do not need experience to participate in our programs! Our programs are open to everyone, regardless of age, race, gender, or sexual-orientation, and all experience levels are welcome. This includes exercise classes, intramural sports, facility & equipment usage, outdoor expeditions, climbing, challenge course, and trying out for a sport club.
    • Exceptions: Since some Sport Clubs do have try-outs, experience might be highly recommended. In addition, some expeditions, like outdoor rock climbing, recommend previous experience. This is typically indicated on registration.
  19. What is the best way to stay up-to-date? Social media always sees it first. So, follow up on social media @unccampusrec (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok and Spotify) and visit our website, campusrec.unc.edu, especially when it gets closer to the semester. That’s where you will find our hours, events, and updates on specific programs. You’re welcome to download our UNC Rec app to browse programs and register from your phone.

More questions? Feel free to contact us on social media or emailing our Marketing Assistant, Victoria Bliss.

Contact: Victoria Bliss vtbliss@live.unc.edu

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