Campus Rec Now Open

Visit our Live Facility Counts page to view capacities at each open location in the ARC!

The health and safety of our campus community is our top priority. Please visit for the most current information.

Per the Chancellor’s announcement, effective at 5pm, 9/2/2020, the ARC will remain open for individual workouts and we currently plan to continue Learn to Swim and Intramurals.  We are still fully assessing our operations in light of this new information.  Please continue to check our website and social media pages for updates.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.


  • Face masks will be required at ALL TIMES when using Campus Recreation facilities. Masks are required even while exercising.
  • Masks are required on the pool deck; however, you may remove your mask upon entry to the water. When you exit the water, you must put your mask back on.
  • When outdoors, masks are required if you are sharing equipment of any kind OR when social distance of six feet cannot be maintained.
  • Exhalation valve masks & face shields will not be permitted. 
  • In the event someone says they cannot wear a mask, the following is where we should refer them:

Students need to work with DRES (217.333.4603)

Employees need to work with the Office for Access & Equity (217.333.0885)

Please view our Campus Rec space grid to see what areas will be open or closed starting Sept. 21, 2020

COVID-19 Precautions

Your safety, and that of our staff, is our top priority, and we have implemented health and safety guidelines set by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the University of Illinois. Many of our services, amenities, and activities will be available in stages, and some of our spaces will have new capacity limits based on the guidelines and out of an abundance of caution. Please check out our FAQ page for all questions you may have about our reopening and stages.

Facility Reopening Schedule

At this time, the ARC will be the only Campus Rec fitness facility open. CRCE will be CLOSED and will only be used as a COVID-19 testing location throughout the Fall Semester.

Other Campus Rec facilities will reopen with limited services, amenities, and activities as well as modified spaces and capacity constraints as follows:

Stage 2 – August 24 through Semester End

  • M-F: 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.; SAT/SUN: Noon – 8 p.m.
  • Cardio & strength equipment, Gym 4 cardio space with dumbbells and benches, including track
  • Learn to Swim, Intramurals, Club Sports, Instructional Kitchen, Food Assistance & Wellbeing, Campus Bike Center, Mindfulness Space, Group Fitness, Personal Training, Facility Rentals, Meeting Rooms, MP Rooms, Locker Rooms/Showers, Locker Rentals, Day Use Lockers, Auditorium
  • Climbing Wall will open September 15, 2020 (bouldering only during the first week)
  • Campus Rec tennis courts due to open August 31, 2020

*Scheduled barring any unexpected issues that would prevent us from opening in a safe and effective manner.

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.

  • ARC Racquetball and Squash Courts Now Open! Solo Play/Individual Use Only
    Reserve your spot today!
  • Personal Training One-On-One Sessions
    We are now starting our one-on-one personal training sessions effective immediately! Schedule your session today!
  • Group Fitness Oudoor Class Update:
    All outdoor Group Fitness classes will be held on the ARC outdoor pool deck beginning Monday, August 31.
  • Campus Bike Center Update
    The Campus Bike Center will close effective September 3 and remain closed until September 18, pending approval for re-opening by the University.
  • ARC Parking
    Starting Thursday, August 1, 2019 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.
  • View our latest newsletter.
  • 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

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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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