Applications accepted on a rolling basis
Summer and fall part-time/grad positions available
Facility operations, customer service, and programming


Campus Recreation is a place for everyone.

Serving the Campus Community

Campus Recreation provides a welcoming environment for everyone, with sustainable facilities and inclusive programs that inspire our campus community to engage in recreation and wellness opportunities. Over 1,600,000 patrons visit our facilities every year. Students, faculty, staff, community members, and visitors come for myriad reasons, including physical fitness, educational workshops, cheering on friends, and personal wellness.

State of the Art Facilities

There is approximately 500,000 square feet of indoor rec space and 75 acres of outdoor areas that offer opportunities for patrons to stay active and cultivate healthy lifestyles. Our indoor facilities include, Activities and Recreation Center (ARC), Campus Recreation Center East (CRCE), Campus Bike Center, and the Ice Arena. Our outdoor facilities include, Complex Fields, Outdoor Center Playfields, and Illini Grove

Programs for All

Campus Recreation also offers unique programs designed for patrons of diverse interests, including a variety of group fitness offerings, dozens of intramural activities, instructional cooking demonstrations, wellness workshops, rock climbing clinics, swimming programs, personal training sessions, bicycle demonstrations, ice skating classes, and a variety of club sports.

Upcoming Events

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  • Tennis Courts Opening 3/15
    The Tennis Courts at the Outdoor Center Playfields and Illini Grove open for the season on Monday, March 15. Hours of the tennis courts can be found on the Hours of Operation page.
  • Intramural Team Sports
    Intramural Activities has opened basketball, flag football, outdoor soccer, and sand volleyball! For season dates and registration information, visit the Intramurals page.
  • Changes to ARC Operations
    Users with access to on-campus COVID-19 testing protocols can access Gym 2 for 5:5 basketball reservations and racquetball/squash courts for 1:1 reservations. All members can access to Gym 3 for 1:1 half court reservations. Cardio spaces are open to all members, however, access the lower level weight area still requires a reservation.
  • MTD Service Reductions
    Spring service will have 20-minute frequencies on Green, Yellow, Teal, Silver, and Illini routes, and 30-minute frequencies on Illini Limited. SafeRides hours will end at12:30am, with final reservations taken until midnight. No Late Night service on any route with last trips concluding before 1am.
  • Ice Arena Closure – Spring 2021
    New guidelines have not been released that would justify reopening at this time.  We will continue to support the University’s SHIELD team by utilizing the Ice Arena as a COVID-19 testing site in Spring 2021.

Wellness Wheel

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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

Kirsten Habermann, student employee
Tony Clements Scholarship

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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