2020 Memberships, Casual Visits and Free Trials

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For great value gym membership you can't beat the UC RecCentre.

Our gym comes alive when the students return and the place is buzzing. Whether it's for our amazing group fitness classes, our party spin room, squash courts or just the vitality of our members - come down and join us!

Membership prices and procedures

UC Students FREE

All UC students issued with a UC Student ID card are eligible for levy funded membership for the year. Register once to accept the terms and conditions, then each year we'll automatically renew your membership, as soon as you've paid your student levy.  Visit the Student Memberships page for more info. 

UC Staff who are also UC students are eligible for free membership if you have paid the student levy. Those who have paid fees and levy by staff waiver are NOT eligible for free membership.

Your UC student card becomes your membership card and you must present this every visit to gain access.

UC staff (including UCSA staff) receive a discounted membership fee and can pay by payroll deduction. Staff who are also UC students and have paid the student levy are eligible for free membership unless they have paid their fees by staff waiver.

We also offer a few staff-only activities free or low cost that don't require a UC RecCentre membership.

To sign up... please visit the UCRecCentre and don't forget to bring your UC Staff Card!

2020 membership rates

 12 months6 months3 months
UC staff (including UCSA staff)* $439 $249 $159
UC staff (TEU and PSA members)** $339 $199 $134
Fortnightly payroll deduction     $25

*You must obtain a UC Staff Card, ask your manager for details. This becomes your membership card. Salary deduction option valid for staff on fixed-term or continuing contracts only.
** A letter from your Union confirming your current membership must also be provided within 2 weeks of joining, or the full rate will apply.

UC staff payroll deduction - terms and conditions

  • Register today, start today and start paying at your next salary payment.
  • Minimum membership term of three months.
  • Cancel any time after three months at no cost. Your membership and deductions will continue until you email us to request cancellation.
  • Early cancellation fee of $25 will apply if cancelling within 3 months.
  • If you leave the employ of UC, this membership will cease. Talk to us about other options.
  • Standard membership conditions apply, as stated on the membership application.
Other students 12 months6 months3 months
Gym membership $369 $219 $149
New member/replacement card fee $20

Thinking of enrolling at UC or already studying elsewhere? Anyone over the age of 16 can be a member. To register, bring photo ID to Reception with your proof of age.

 Affiliates and Alumni12 months6 months3 months
Gym membership $569 $359 $219
Off-Peak (before 3pm) $339 $219 $129
New member/replacement card fee $20 per card

Those eligible for the alumni rates include graduates of the University of Canterbury and the former Christchurch College of Education.  Affiliates are pre-approved partners of UC Rec&Sport or UC contact the Customer Experience Co-ordinator to see if your company or organisation may be eligible. 

OFF-PEAK Memberships

- Entry before 3pm daily only 

- After 3pm a discounted casual user rate of $5 per visit applies 

- All other membership discounts & fees apply as per normal (SGT, Zone classes etc) 

- Entry to special events, SGT courses, sport leagues or other programmes after 3pm will be exempt


Simply come and see our reception team at the RecCentre with a photo ID, fill out the required forms and pay. We have EFTPOS and Credit Card facilities.

For more information, call +64 3 364 2433 or e-mail our Customer Experience Coordinator.

Community 12 months6 months3 months
Gym membership $729 $439 $279
Off-peak membership $429 $259 $169
New member card fee/replacement card fee $20 per card 

Anyone over the age of 16 can be a member. Simply bring photo ID to Reception with your proof of age.

Off Peak Memberships 

- Entry before 3pm daily only 

- Entry after 3pm, a discounted casual user rate of $5 per visit applies 

- Member rates and fees apply for all other services, as per normal terms and conditions (eg SGT, Zones, social leagues, services/programmes) 

Options Amount  Quantity 
10 visit concession entry card $117.00 10 visit card
Casual visitor fee - Access to facilities (includes Group Fitness classes except Zone Classes) $13.00 per visit
Off-peak membership access fee (entry after 3pm)  $5.00 per visit 
Short Term/Trial (1 month) $99.00 per month
Zone Classes - FIT50, Spin and Yoga Restore (additional to membership of casual entry fee) $3.00 per class
Zone Class - 10 class concession card $27.00 10 class card
Squash (additional to membership or casual entry fee) $4.00 per 1/2 hour
Squash 10 x 30 min booking concession card (additional to membership or casual entry fee) $30.00 per card
Badminton (additional to membership or casual entry fee) $10.00 per court, per hour
New member card fee/Replacement card fee   $20.00 per card 

It's a great idea to try before you buy! We can give you a 14-day free trial to see if we'll be a good fit for you and your lifestyle.

UC Staff: FREE
Others: $25

How to get your 14-day free trial 

  • Email us with your contact details
  • UC Staff: name, department, staff ID number, DOB and internal mailing address
  • Others: name, mailing address, DOB and contact phone number. Payment will be taken when the pass is collected. 
  • Please allow 2 working days for this to be processed

Terms and conditions

  • One pass per person
  • Not available to current UC RecCentre members, or if you have terminated your membership in the last 12 months, or if you have had a guest pass or membership in the past 12 months.
  • Pass is not exchangeable for cash and is void if on-sold
  • Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or special pricing discount
  • UC RecCentre reserves the right to refuse entry to any individual, at any time, for any reason
  • Must be used in 14 consecutive days
  • UC Staff will have their Staff Card activated for 2 weeks, and must use this to gain entry every visit.
  • Others - pass must be scanned prior to entry on every occasion and be prepared to show photo ID if requested
  • You are subject to all Membership Terms of Use and Code of Conduct during your visits

 Your membership includes

  • Unlimited access to all group fitness classes, excluding spin
  • Spin only $3 per class, or purchase a 10 class concession card for $27
  • Unlimited access to all training areas for cardio, weights, boxing, and stretching
  • Access to free GymStart - Learn to Gym sessions
  • Access to SteerMe and PushMe - low cost personalised programmes and personal training
  • Free daily locker hire (limited permanent lockers available for hire).
  • Free equipment hire, free drop-in sport court use before 4pm daily (bookings or after 4pm attract fees) 

See our Terms and conditions.

Entry policy

All members MUST bring their student/staff ID card or RecCentre membership card EVERY visit.

If you don't bring your card you will be delayed while we confirm your membership (and enrolment for students) is current. This can take up to five minutes. We will only do this twice in any semester. After that, you'll be asked to pay $13 casual entry, but we'll refund you if you present your membership card to us within 7 days.

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