Universal Change Rooms


The first of two universal change rooms in the Van Vliet Complex opens January 20, bringing a safe, inclusive change room option for all members of the University of Alberta community.

Campus & Community Recreation and Facilities and Operations officially opens the doors to the newly constructed universal change room on Monday, January 20. Aiming to create an accessible space for students, staff and community members of all abilities, gender identities, and religions, the universal change rooms also provide a safe option for those who have family and group change room needs.

"The universal change room is for everyone," says Cheryl Harwardt, Director of Campus & Community Recreation. "The space is accessible to people with reduced mobility, and allows people of all gender identities, parents, caregivers and groups (schools, day camps, daycare, etc.) to be together in the same space."

The universal change rooms are designed with safety and inclusiveness in mind. Features include:

  • 23 Private change cubicles
  • 6 Private shower stalls
  • 3 Open (no nudity) showers for patrons who are using the pools
  • 9 Private washroom stalls
  • 2 Accessible private washroom stalls
  • 1 Accessible private shower stalls
  • 2 Accessible private change cubicles
  • 342 lockers (includes full, ½ and ¼ lockers), all of which are day-use only
  • 4 baby change stations

What is a Universal Change Room?

A universal change room is an accessible space for everyone. The space is accessible to people with reduced mobility and allows people of all gender identities, parents, caregivers and groups (schools, day camps, daycare, etc.) to be together in the same space.

The rules of the universal change rooms are as follows:

  • Patrons are required to remain clothed unless in a private change cubicle, shower or bathroom stall.
  • No nudity permitted in open areas.
  • All lockers within the universal change room are DAY USE ONLY. A fine will be charged for items left overnight.
  • Photography and video recording is strictly prohibited.
  • Ensure that all personal belongings are secure at all times. The University of Alberta is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items.
  • Please report any suspicious activities to a staff member immediately.
  • Please be respectful of those around you and the facility.

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