Campus Recreation is a place for everyone.

Campus Recreation provides a welcoming environment for everyone with sustainable facilities and programs that inspire the university community to engage in recreation and wellness opportunities.

Over 1,600,000 patrons visit every year. Students, faculty, staff, community members, and visitors use the facilities for everything from education, cheering on friends, to personal relaxation and meditation.

With the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC), Campus Recreation Center East (CRCE), Campus Bike Center, and the Ice Arena, there is approximately 500,000 square feet of state-of-the-art indoor recreation space available to concentrate on wellness and healthy lifestyles. Additionally, 75 acres of outdoor fields between the Complex Fields, the Outdoor Center Playfields, and the Illini Grove as well as the Campus Bike Center offer many opportunities for the students to stay active.

Campus Recreation also offers many diverse programs and amenities, including over 50 group fitness classes each week, a variety of intramural sports each semester, instructional cooking classes, wellness programs, rock climbing, learn to swim program, personal training sessions, bicycle demonstrations, ice skating and hockey programs, and more than 40 club sports.

How will you invest your time at Illinois?

  • Career Fairs – Increased Traffic and Limited Parking 1/27-1/30
    Please be advised there will be increased traffic and limited parking beginning Monday, January 27-Thursday, January 31 due to the Engineering and Business Career fairs from Noon-8 p.m. Space utilized will be Gym 1, MP1, MP6 and MP7.
  • CRCE Hot Tub & Pool Up and Running
    The CRCE hot tub and pool are running and back to normal operating hours. Please visit our hours page for the most updated hours.
  • ARC Instructional Kitchen Grand Opening – Jan. 29
    Come check out our brand new kitchen on Wednesday, Jan. 29 from 3-7 p.m. Nutrition specialists will be answering all your nutrition questions starting at 3 p.m. Can’t wait to see you there! Free snacks, cooking demos, prizes and more!
  • Plan for a 5K/10K/Half Marathon
    Check out these strength workouts to get you fully prepared for this year’s Illinois Marathon.
  • New Kitchen Renovation in Process!
    Table Tennis – the equipment located in the Game Lounge has been moved to racquetball courts 11 and 12.
    Cycle Studio – moved to multi-purpose room 5 on the entrance level by the pool.
    BodyWork Associates – moved to the back of the Fitness & Wellness Suite on the concourse level.
  • Outdoor Tennis Court Renovation
    Tennis Courts at First St and Gregory Drive are closed for construction. The south tennis courts at Illini Grove are open as of Tuesday, September 3.
  • ARC Parking
    Starting Thursday, August 1, pay-by-license plate pay stations will be in use in parking lot E-24 (next to the ARC). Visitors can use the pay stations or the Mobile Meter App to pay for parking in these locations. You will need to put in your license plate number at the pay stations (one located at each the NE and SE corners heading towards the ARC). The stations will accept cards or coins. The current parking meters in the lots will no longer be usable.
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  • Facility availability, increased traffic, limited gym usage, and parking updates are posted on the current facility hours page.
  • Building Signage Updates
    Campus Recreation has upgraded our signage to reflect the revised University branding guidelines. Please take the opportunity to review the policies including wording changes around technology and use of various devices such as cell phones in our facilities.

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Work Where You Play

University of Illinois Campus Recreation is one of the largest on-campus employers with almost 700 student employees, ranging from lifeguards to officials to facility staff to ice skating instructors. Student employees play an invaluable role by providing customer service, safety, and fun to our guests. Campus Recreation will provide you with valuable work skills, life-long learning opportunities, and lasting friendships.

Part-time Positions

I like working at Campus Recreation because it is exciting and eventful, as well as provides a constant atmosphere for advancement and improvement. As a program assistant for Adventure Recreation, there are always new and different things for me to accomplish to keep the climbing wall running smoothly. I am also challenged to try my best and come up with new ideas to make the department better. I get the opportunity to work surrounded by many of my friends in a place where I am continually spending my time.

Kirsten Habermann Head Lifeguard and Adventure Recreation Program Assistant

Make a Gift to Campus Recreation

University of Illinois Campus Recreation has been leading the way for students to continue their pursuit of healthy activities and to give them a platform to pursue personal goals. Through effective programming, we encourage leadership and a sense of community. There are multiple opportunities for you to make a difference with Campus Recreation.

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