Student Memberships

Our mission is to move Badgers to play hard, get fit, and live well. Each year we serve approximately 75% of UW-Madison students in our facilities and programs. Some students come from an athletic background, having played on a high school sports team or competed at a different level prior to college. Other students come with little to no experience with sports, fitness, or other physical activity. Whether you’ve been active for most of your life or are just starting to explore what a healthy lifestyle looks like for you, we celebrate your motivation and your goals. We root for every body, and we can’t wait to be part of your Wisconsin experience.

Join the Movement

You're Already a Member

Your membership fee is included in your tuition. Just bring your valid Wiscard for access to our facilities. See you soon!

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Facility Tours

If you're not sure where or how to begin using our facilities, we recommend scheduling a tour with our member services team. We'll show you around, answer your questions, and help you feel more comfortable on your next visit.

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Included in your membership

Unlimited access to:

  • Four indoor recreation centers
  • Cardio and strength fitness equipment
  • Swimming pool and diving well
  • Multi-sport gyms and courts (basketball, volleyball, racquetball, and badminton)

Eligibility to participate in:

  • Group fitness and yoga
  • Ice rink and tennis courts
  • Intramural sports
  • Personal and small group training
  • Sport clubs
  • Swim, tennis, and ice skating lessons

Additional services:

  • Athletic training (sport club athletes only)
  • Equipment checkout
  • Locker rental
  • Merchandise for purchase
  • Sponsorship of up to three guests per day
  • Towel service

Seasonal Student Memberships

Special seasonal memberships are available for graduating students, UW-Madison students not enrolled in classes, and students attending other colleges or universities who are in Madison during school breaks. Click on the tabs below for more information. Please remember to bring your valid Wiscard for access to our facilities.

PURCHASE A SEASONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Summer Memberships

UW-Madison students not enrolled in summer classes must purchase a membership for $30 to use the facilities.

Spring graduates and those enrolled in Fall classes are eligible to purchase a Summer Membership and may also purchase an Alumni membership to continue accessing our facilities after the Summer Session.

Students who are enrolled in Summer classes do not need to purchase a Summer membership.

Welcome Back Pass (August 9 - 25)

Students returning to campus in August before the fall semester begins can purchase a Welcome Back Pass. This $10 pass is available for purchase at the Natatorium, Shell, and Nielsen Tennis Stadium and provides access to all facilities from August 9 to August 25.

Spring graduates and those enrolled in fall classes are eligible to purchase a Welcome Back Pass and may also purchase an Alumni membership to continue accessing our facilities after the Summer Session.

Students with a Summer Membership or those who are enrolled in summer classes do not need to purchase a Welcome Back Pass.

Winter Break Pass (December Graduates)

UW-Madison students graduating in December may purchase a $15 membership in order to use Rec Sports facilities over Winter Break.

December graduates may purchase an Affiliate membership to continue accessing our facilities after Winter Break.

Students who are enrolled in spring classes do not need to purchase a Winter Break Pass.

Non-UW Student Summer Membership

Non-UW students who are enrolled in summer or fall courses at another higher education institution are eligible to purchase a summer membership with us. Proof of enrollment and valid photo ID with birthdate are required to purchase. Your membership can be purchased at the Natatorium, Shell, or Nielsen Tennis Stadium beginning May 13.

Duration of membership: May 13 – August 25
Cost: $55

Guest Audit Students

A Guest Audit Student is someone taking UW-Madison credit courses on an “audit” (no credit) basis. For more information about Guest Audit Student opportunities on campus, please visit the Continuing Studies website. Enrollment as a UW Guest Audit Student is required throughout duration of membership.

 

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Guest Audit Student Membership Rates

Classic
Annual (fall + spring + summer) $238
Academic year (fall + spring) $188
Semester $94
1-week $22
Single Entry $7

Memberships can be renewed up to 30 days prior to current membership expiration date.

PURCHASE A GUEST AUDIT MEMBERSHIP.

Refunds

If you would like to request a refund for an online purchase, please follow the link below. If you have a refund request for a purchase made in-person at one of our facilities, please return to that facility to discuss options with our staff or email hello@recwell.wisc.edu.

ONLINE PURCHASE Refund Request Form

Refund Policies

Refund policies differ depending on type of purchase. Please review the information below and email us at hello@recwell.wisc.edu if you have any questions.

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Membership, Service, Pass, & Program Purchases

Refund requests will be accepted up to 30 days from the original date of purchase to cancel or alter your University Recreation & Wellbeing membership, service, pass, and program purchase. Refunds and/or cancellations are not guaranteed. Guest Pass purchases are nonrefundable. Refund requests must be approved by our professional staff to be processed. Membership, service, pass, and program refunds will only include time from date of request forward; any lapsed time of membership or utilized services will not be refunded. Please click on the Program Purchases tab below for specific policies on program refunds.

No refunds will be given for membership, pass, or program suspensions due to Rec Well policy violations.

A cancellation processing fee of 10% of the refund amount or $10 minimum (should refund amount be less than $10), will be applied for all approved refunds, with the following exceptions:

  • Any circumstance that occurs due to unplanned facility closures or limited space for programs will not be charged a processing fee and will be refunded any unused portion of the membership or service; this does not include facility closures for holidays or other predetermined & posted facility hour changes
  • Faculty/staff who leave the university during the duration of their membership will lose their eligibility and therefore, their Campus Affiliate Membership; in this case, he/she can submit a refund request and will be refunded the remaining amount of their membership fees (from the end date of their eligible Faculty/Staff appointment) without a cancellation processing fee applied
  • Approved locker refunds will incur a $15 cancellation fee for processing locker clean out and lock changes

Program Purchases

All refund information in membership, service, and program purchases section applies. No refunds will be given as of 3 days prior to program offering start date.

Merchandise Purchases

Merchandise purchases are nonrefundable. If merchandise is defective upon opening, this must be reported to the main office staff within the duration of your visit when merchandise was purchased. A replacement item will be given with no additional cost. Defective merchandise must be returned at that time.

Refund Processing

All approved refunds will be returned in the following methods: payments made by credit card will be refunded to the original card used at the time of payment; credit card is required at time of refund transaction. Cash and check payments will be refunded via campus issued check and may take up to 30 days to process.

Once offered a refund, member or participant has 30 days to collect refund or fill out refund information.

Unless otherwise specified above, any amounts paid to University Recreation & Wellbeing after 30 days are nonrefundable.