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), 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 offer many opportunities for the students to stay active.

Campus Recreation also offers many diverse programs and amenities, including almost 100 group fitness classes each week, 12 intramural sports each semester, instructional cooking classes, wellness programs, rock climbing, learn to swim program, personal training sessions, Campus Bike Center demonstrations, ice skating and hockey programs, and more than 40 club sports.

How will you invest your time at Illinois?

  • Ice Arena Closed for Summer
  • Outdoor Tennis Court Renovation
    Tennis courts by the Illini Grove on Dorner Drive and Pennsylvania Avenue in Urbana are currently closed for construction. The new courts should be finished by the end of June, weather permitting. After those are back open, the courts at the Outdoor Center Playfields on First Street and Gregory Drive will be closed for construction until the middle of August.
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Facility Availability, Increased Traffic, Limited Gym Usage, Limited Parking:

  • Summer is here – enjoy the lighter traffic at Campus Recreation.
Current Facility Hours

Group Fitness Class Schedule


  • 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.

Find out what your strengths are.

Take the Wellness Reflection.

Your results show resources on campus for your strengths and ideas to work on.

Events and resource change frequently, so you can take it often.

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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.

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

Part-time Positions

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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