Recreation opportunities for U of A undergrad and graduate students

U of A students have access to many Campus & Community Recreation resources and services through their athletic and recreation fees. We’ve put together a list of our top services to help you find activities that suit your interests and health and wellness goals.

If you're a new student, or just new to being on campus, it can be hard to navigate all of the services available to you. We've put together a list of some of the services we provide (included through your athletic and recreation fee) to help you find activities that suit your interests and meet your health and wellness goals.

Van Vliet Complex Drop-in Sports & Activities

The Pavlion during drop in times

The Athletic & Recreation Fee covers all of our North Campus drop-in activities. Student ONEcards are updated by the ONEcard Office each term the student is registered in and the Athletic and Recreation Fee is paid. Enjoy access to our available facilities and drop-in times with just your OneCard or reserve a drop-in time (for select activities) online with your activityreg account.

Schedules and online booking options for all VVC drop-in sports and activities.
Visit for more information.
Activity Online reservations Schedule
Badminton On activityreg
Basketball On activityreg
Dance On activityreg
Pickleball On activityreg
Racquetball On activityreg
Running On activityreg
Skating On activityreg
Soccer On activityreg
Stick & Skate On activityreg
Squash On activityreg
Tennis On activityreg
Table Tennis On activityreg
Volleyball On activityreg
Wallyball On activityreg

Need equipment? Facility Services provides equipment for daily sign-out: basketballs, volleyballs, soccer balls, footballs, rugby balls, medicine balls, skipping ropes, frisbees, squash, pickleball, tennis table, badminton, and racquetball racquets, and stopwatches.

*Some equipment (shuttlecocks, table tennis balls, and other small equipment is available for a small fee)

Visit Facility Services (VVC 1-241). for your equipment needs.

Wellness 101

Wellness 101 course

Wellness 101 is a free online non-credit course provided to U of A students and graduate students. Enroll online and examine the aspects of healthy living such as nutrition, physical activity, and stress management. Plus, learn more about the health and wellness resources available to you through the University.

Enroll online

Hanson Fitness and Lifestyle Centre

We are proud to offer a facility that caters to the on-campus lifestyle. Our staff members are welcoming and enthusiastic to introduce members to our facility. 
New to the facility? All Fitness Staff members are trained and equipped to provide tours and introductions to the Fitness centre. Visit the Fitness Centre main desk to request this service.
The facility features 76 cardiovascular equipment, 3 large synergies stations for multi-training, 14 squat racks, free weights, and resistance training machines.

Graduate Students: As a graduate student at the University of Alberta, you get two hours of personal training and nutrition services. These services are part of your health benefits. To find out more information call 1.800.663.1142.

Aquatics Centre

The aquatics centre during lane swim

Our Aquatics Centre offers drop-in recreation and lane swim times to students, graduate students, and anyone with VVC recreation privileges.

Wilson Climbing Centre

Climbing centre participants during regular drop in times

Through the Athletic & Recreation fee, U of A students and graduate students are provided with free admission to bouldering and highwall drop-in climbing at the Wilson Climbing Centre.

Wilson Climbing Centre (Map)

Equipment Requirements and Checks:

To participate in either bouldering or highwall climbing, some equipment is required. All equipment can be rented in the climbing centre, but participants are more than welcome to bring their own. The highwall also requires a top rope and/or lead belay check.

Required equipment for climbing activities (bouldering and highwall). Visit the Wilson Climbing Centre page for more information on equipment requirements.
Equipment Bouldering Highwall
Climbing Shoes
Belay Device
Top rope and/or lead belay check

Signature Events & Student Opportunities

Happy Hour participants enjoying the free activities in Hanson Fitness &  Lifestyle Centre

Campus & Community Recreation hosts free events throughout the year for students and community members. Visit our Special Events page for upcoming events. Here's a list of just some of our annual events:

  • Happy Hour (Winter)
    This event introduces students to the Hanson Fitness & Lifestyle Centre and Wilson Climbing Centre. Enjoy demonstrations, activities, and challenges for all fitness levels.
  • Wellness Fair (Winter)
    Our annual Winter term Wellness Fair provides information on the U of A’s campus wellness services and programs and connects students to wellness resources.
  • RecStock ‘Find What Moves You’ (Fall)
    This annual Fall term event lets students, staff, and community members try out various fitness, dance, and martial arts recreation classes.

Outdoor Gym

Participant using the Outdoor Gym during the summer semester

Located on the East side of the Humanities building, the Outdoor Gym (Map) is open to all and can be accessed 24/7 at no cost.

Set up as a circuit with 5 pieces of equipment (lat pulldown, plyometric boxes, log hop station, situp/ back extension station, pushup/row station).

Each station has a QR code, which links to videos on how to properly use the machine

Community members can access the Outdoor Gym at no cost as well!

Outdoor Table Tennis & Beanbag Toss

Outdoor corntoss on the CCR patio

Installed in 2021 and located just outside the North entrance to Van Vliet Complex (between VVC and SUB), the outdoor equipment is available to all community members.

Visit Facility Services (VVC 1-241) to rent equipment.

Community members can access the Outdoor Table Tennis and Beanbag Toss at no cost as well!

Foote Field Dome Student Drop-in

The Dome at Foote Field ready for particpant drop in

The Dome at Foote Field covers both the Artificial Turf and 140m runway track (along with an adjoining long jump pit). On select days and times, students are provided with free dome drop-in and use the artificial turf for soccer, football, Ultimate, or as an open training surface. Dates and times are subject to change.

Foote Field Map

Virtual Recreation Term Pass

Virtual fitness class instructor

Our virtual recreation classes make it easy and convenient for students to stay active and well even if they can’t be on campus. Enjoy a weekly mix of recreation programs through the Virtual Recreation Pass. The pass is provided for free to current U of A students, but also available to staff and community members for a fee.

Register for the Virtual Recreation Term Pass

Athletic & Recreation Fee

The Athletic & Recreation fee is a source of revenue supporting sport, recreation, leisure, and physical activity services, including the management, operation, and maintenance of sport and recreation facilities and training spaces; the management of physical activity and wellness programs in the areas of group fitness, intramural sports, dance, recreational, sport and leisure activities, and sport clubs; and the administrative and coaching support requirements for Golden Bears and Pandas Athletics.