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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Not sure where to start? We recommend scheduling a tour of the Nick using the button below. We’ll walk you through the building, answer questions, and help you determine next steps. To schedule a Shell or NTS tour, email

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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 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 Pass

UW-Madison students who are not enrolled in Spring 2023 classes at UW-Madison must purchase a Winter Break Pass to use Rec Well facilities, programs, and services between 12/26/2022 – 1/23/2023. Winter Break Passes will be available to purchase online or in-person starting on 12/26/2022 and are $20 for the entire Winter Break or $10/day. Students who are enrolled in Spring 2023 classes do not need to purchase a Winter Break Pass. Fall 2022 graduates are eligible to purchase a Winter Break Pass. Starting on 1/24/2023, Fall 2022 Graduates will be eligible to purchase a Recent Graduate 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.

Winter Break Pass
December 26, 2022 – January 23, 2023
Day Pass

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.

August 11 – 28, 2022


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

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.