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.



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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Get an insider's view of the Nicholas Recreation Center. At the Nick there's fitness spaces with strength and cardio equipment, 5 studios, 8 courts, and a 50-meter Olympic-style swimming pool with a diving well and more.

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Unlimited access to:

  • Three indoor recreation centers
  • Cardio and strength fitness equipment
  • Swimming pools and diving well
  • Multi-sport gyms and courts (basketball, volleyball, racquetball, and badminton)
  • Indoor bouldering and rock climbing wall
  • Esports equipment

Eligibility to participate in:

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

Additional services:

  • Athletic training
  • Equipment checkout
  • Locker rental
  • Massage Therapy
  • Merchandise for purchase
  • Towel service


Special seasonal memberships are available for graduating students and UW-Madison students not enrolled in classes. Click on the tabs below for more information. Please remember to bring your valid Wiscard for access to our facilities.


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Winter Break Access

UW-Madison students enrolled in Fall 2023 or Spring 2024 semesters will have access to Rec Well facilities over winter break (December 26 – January 22). Starting on January 22, Spring 2024 student memberships will begin for all enrolled UW-Madison students. Those not enrolled in Spring 2024 are able to purchase a Campus Affiliate membership or a Community membership, depending on their eligibility. Please note, Rec Well facilities will have adjusted hours during Winter Break and adjusted hours may be viewed here.

Student Summer Membership

UW-Madison students who are not enrolled in Summer 2024 classes at UW-Madison must purchase a Student Summer Membership to use Rec Well facilities, programs, and services between 5/13/2024 – 8/25/2024. Student Summer Memberships will be available to purchase online or in-person starting on 5/1/2024. Students who are enrolled in Summer 2024 classes do not need to purchase a Student Summer Membership. Spring 2024 graduates are eligible to purchase a Student Summer Membership. Starting on 8/26/2024, Spring 2024 graduates will be eligible to purchase a Campus Affiliate membership, upon providing proof of graduation.

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

Student Summer Membership
May 13, 2024 – August 25, 2024
Student Summer Membership (Part 1)
May 13, 2024 – July 4, 2024
Student Summer Membership (Part 2)
July 5, 2024 – August 25, 2024
Day Pass $15



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

Rec Well memberships, services, and passes are non-refundable and non-transferable. In the event of an emergency campus-wide closure, membership, service, and pass refunds will not be provided. For programs, no refunds will be given as of 3 days prior to program offering start date.


Merchandise Purchases

Merchandise purchases are non-refundable. If merchandise is defective upon opening, this must be reported to the purchase location 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 refund requests must be submitted via the Refund Request Form above. 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. Any refund amount under $5 will not be provided. 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.
  • Cash and check payments will be refunded via campus-issued check and may take up to 30 days to process.

Once offered a refund, the refund recipient has 30 days to provide refund information, if needed.