Membership features

See what's included with a UM Recreation Services membership.

Casual rec use

Play your favourite sports and activities!

Members have access to 1500 plus hours of casual rec use time. From swimming to ice skating, there's an activity available for you to enjoy at no additional cost.

Book a rec use timeslot

Certified fitness professionals

Look for the friendly faces in the blue shirts!

Our fitness attendants are certified through the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology (CSEP) as Clinical Exercise Physiologists (CEP) or Certified Personal Trainers (CPT) to provide you with knowledge and direction to help you achieve your desired results.

Our friendly and welcoming attendants are on the fitness floor from open to close and are always available to answer your questions, give you a spot or chat about how the Jets didn't make the playoffs... 

Want one of one training with our fitness professionals? Learn about Personal Training.

Group fitness classes

Excellent classes. Great instructors. No additional cost!

  • We offer varied content and intensity, low to high, muscle to cardio, interval to continuous, flexibility to strength and combinations of each.
  • All instructors are accredited through the Manitoba Fitness Council and other national organizations, ensuring you are getting safe, high-quality instruction.
  • We offer plenty of classes to ensure members will always have an option available during a time that fits their schedule.

Group fitness schedules and class descriptions

Member discounts

UM Recreation Services members get:


Medical and Membership freeze

Non-student members can freeze their membership for one-month increments without advance notice for $10/month + GST, paid upfront (i.e. a three-month freeze would cost $30 + GST). Membership freezing is exclusive to individuals with a 12-month membership only.

All medical freeze requests will be reviewed/approved by the Director of Recreation Services.

Membership freeze form

Sport and recreation facilities

Members have access to the state-of-the-art 10,684-square-metre eco-friendly Active Living Centre.

Learn more about the sport and recreation facilities you can access with your UM Recreation Services membership.

Take a virtual 360 tour of the ALC


Strong Start

All UM students and members can book a free Strong Start session with the fitness attendants. These sessions allow you to take advantage of the knowledge and expertise of our certified staff so you can get a strong start and achieve your fitness goals!

What is Strong Start?

The goal of Strong Start is to set you up for success. In this 30-minute one-on-one meeting with a fitness attendant, you will be able to:

  • Speak with an Active Living Professional about your health and fitness goals.
  • Participate in a customized guided tour through our facilities.
  • Learn about what we offer and how to access important information (i.e. schedules, facility updates, events).

Reminder: This service is not a personal training session.

Book your free session today, and we'll connect you with one of our knowledgeable and friendly fitness attendants and get you on the path to success.


Book a Strong Start session


Membership rates

Affordable options for all.

New memberships or renewals can now be purchased online or by calling our Customer Service Team at 204-474-6100.

Purchase or renew your membership now

Choose the membership option that works best for you.

Membership categories - access to both campuses 4-months 12-months
  Total Monthly Total Monthly
UM staff, alumni and on-campus groups* $250 $62.50 $470 $39.17
Community $320 $80 $690 $57.50
Youth** (ages 6-17) $145 $36.25 $341 $28.42
Senior 60+ $250 $62.50 $470 $39.17
Students*** (those who do not pay Sport and Rec Fee and summer term access) $145/Term
1 Month Trial  $100
1 Week Trial (first time users only) $35 (If interested reach out to us via
Locker and towel service (prices same for both campuses) 4-months 12-months
  Total Monthly Total Monthly
Full locker $64 $16 $192 $16
Half locker $44 $11 $132 $11
1 Towel service $34 $8.50 $102 $8.50
2 Towel service $50 $12.50 $150 $12.50

All prices are subject to GST.
*Canadian Sport Centre, UMSU, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Freshwater Institute, SmartPark etc. Partner membership is available for those who reside at the same address as the primary member.
**Photo ID. Required. Youth ages 6-14 yrs. must be accompanied by an adult.
***To see if you qualify, please get in touch with one of our customer service desks for more details. 


Payment Options

Payment plan

Pay your membership monthly with a Visa or Mastercard. This option requires a $25 administration fee and is available online or in person.

Payroll deduction

Full-time UM Staff can have their membership fees deducted from their payroll. Please get in touch with the customer service desk at 204.474.6100 for more information. 

Partner Rates

Partners of UM Staff, alumni and on-campus staff qualify for the same rate as the primary membership holder. Partners must provide proof that they live in the same residence as the primary membership holder. Partner memberships can be added when applying for a membership online.

Try before you buy

  • *Daily drop-in rate:
    • Adult: $18 per visit
    • Youth: $9 per visit

*Tax included in the price for daily drop-in rates.

Drop-in options are available for purchase in person. Please visit the Active Living Centre or Joe Doupe Recreation Centre and speak to a customer service representative for more information.


UM Students

  • Student access:

    By way of the Sport and Rec Fee, eligible students have access to available facilities in the Active Living Centre, Frank Kennedy Centre and Max Bell Centre at the Fort Garry campus and the Joe Doupe Recreation Centre at the Bannatyne campus.

    Eligibility is dependent on:
    • Enrollment (registered for classes in the current term)
    • Completion of the Aurora waiver within the academic year.
      • Enrollment & Academic Records > Declarations > Gym waiver/agreement.
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Activation and two-day grace period:

Once you have met all the eligibility requirements, you will receive an email confirming your access has been activated within approximately two business days. Please wait two business days before inquiring about the status of your student access. 

Students under 18:

If you are under 18 years of age, a parent or legal guardian must sign your Gym Waiver/Agreement. Please download, print and send the fully completed waiver to to be processed.

Gym waiver/agreement

ICM students: 

To access the gym, ICM students must first complete the Gym waiver/agreement by logging in to their student portal account at the following pathway:

  • Student Resources > select “Forms” in the dropdown > click Active Living Center Waiver.

Summer term access:

Students that were enrolled in classes in the winter term but are not continuing in the spring or summer term can come to the customer service desk and purchase a non-student access membership at a discounted rate.

Why should you activate your student access?

The research is in! Adding physical activity to your routine contributes to academic success and improved well-being. Flip through the findings from NIRSA (National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association) below to learn about the benefits of participating in campus recreation.

Virtual health and fitness

  • Join us from your computer, tablet or phone for online guided workouts, fitness tips and tricks from our pros to keep you moving and staying active if you're at home.

    Virtual health and fitness page


  • instructor teaching fitness class