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.


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

Not sure where to start? We recommend scheduling a facility tour. Email us at to tour the Nick, Shell, or NTS. We'll walk you through the building and answer any questions you may have.

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Unlimited access to:

  • Three 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 classes
  • Ice rink and tennis courts
  • Intramural sports
  • Personal and small group training
  • Sport clubs
  • Swim, tennis, and ice skating lessons

Additional services:

  • Athletic training
  • Equipment checkout
  • Locker rental
  • Merchandise for purchase
  • Sponsorship of up to three guests per day
  • Towel service


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.


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Summer Memberships

UW-Madison students who are not enrolled in summer classes must purchase a summer membership. Students who are enrolled in summer classes do not need to purchase a summer membership.

Please note that our facilities have adjusted hours and holiday closures due to the academic and campus calendar. Membership refunds will not be provided.

Welcome Back Pass

Students enrolled in fall classes who are returning to campus in August can purchase a Welcome Back Pass.

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

Non-UW Student Summer Membership

Non-UW students who are enrolled in summer 2021 or fall 2021 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. The membership gives you access to:

    • The Nick, Shell, and Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
    • Rec Well summer intramural sports leagues.
    • Affiliate member court rates at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.

Shell-only Community memberships are available for $36/month. This membership does not include access to the NIck, intramural sports, or affiliate member court rates at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.


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 All-Access
Semester $94 $155

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



We do not offer refunds for periods in which any or all Rec Well facilities are closed due to factors including, but not limited to, campus closures, holidays, periods between semesters, weather-related closures, and closures for maintenance. Click here for hours. Refund policies differ depending on type of purchase. Please review the information below and email us at if you have any questions. All refund requests must be submitted via the Refund Request Form below.

Refund Request Form

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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 Recreation & Wellbeing membership, service, pass, and program purchase. Refunds and/or cancellations are not guaranteed. Refund requests must be approved by Rec Well professional staff to be processed. Membership, service, pass, and program refunds will be prorated to only include time from date of request forward; any lapsed time of membership or utilized services will not be refunded. Any refund amount under $5 will not be provided. 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.

In the event of an unforeseen and/or emergency campus-wide closure, memberships will be halted and resume when at least one Rec Well facility is permitted to reopen. For those not on the recurring monthly credit card program, membership end dates will be extended for the amount of days all Rec Well facilities were closed. Membership and service refunds will not be provided. Program refunds will be provided for any canceled programs due to an unforeseen and/or emergency campus-wide closure.

The following purchases are nonrefundable regardless of use or eligibility & membership changes:

  • Locker service
  • Towel service
  • Recurring monthly membership & pass charges; click here for the cancellation process

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, they 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
    • Note: No refunds will be given for completed recurring membership or pass charges; if faculty/staff appointment ends prior to the last day of the month for the most recent billing, the member will be allowed access through the end of that month; please contact to be provided this access

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:

  • Credit card payments will be refunded to the original card used at the time of payment; credit card is required at time of in-person 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.