University Of Canterbury Gym

Maintain a healthy work-life balance with free membership at UC’s RecCentre.

The RecCentre

The RecCentre is the main fitness facility on UC’s campus. All students with a Canterbury Card are eligible for free membership which includes access to the gym, sports facilities and group fitness classes.

To activate your free membership, visit the RecCentre reception with your Canterbury Card.

The gym

The gym at the RecCentre includes a weights area, cardio equipment, boxing training area and sports courts.

Group fitness classes

The RecCentre offers a variety of group fitness classes to suit your interests and fitness level. Group fitness classes are free with your membership (excluding spin classes) and are scheduled to work around students.

Climbing wall

The indoor climbing wall is free for members to use. Routes are reset regularly by the UC Climbing Club who also host introduction sessions and regular club nights.

Squash courts

The RecCentre has 2 squash courts and equipment available for hire. Additional fees apply.


In addition to facilities, the RecCentre also offers a number of services including access to personal trainers, fitness programmes and half marathon training.

More information

For more information about the facilities and services at the RecCentre

Opening hours and busy times

Alert Level 1:   Members, new members, and casuals all welcome!

  • Based on member feedback, we are implementing a trial of a modified bookings system for both Group Fitness and Fitness Centre. 
  • Bookings essential for classes (trial)
  • Bookings essential for Fitness Centre (trial) at peak times  – see more info here 
  • Bookings non-essential all other areas and off-peak times 

Operating Hours from Monday 15th June:

Monday to Friday6am – 9pm
Saturday and Sunday9am – 5pm

Public holiday hours – 2020

Waitangi DayThursday 6 February8am – 12pm and 4pm – 8pm
Good FridayFriday 10 AprilCLOSED
Easter MondayMonday 14 April8am – 12pm and 4pm – 8pm
Easter TuesdayTuesday 15 April8am – 12pm and 4pm – 8pm
Anzac Day (observed)Mon 27 April1pm – 8pm
Queens BirthdayMonday 1 JuneCLOSED
Labour DayMonday 26 October8am – 12pm and 4pm – 8pm
Show DayFriday 13 November8am – 12pm and 4pm – 8pm
Christmas Closing PeriodTuesday 22 December
Monday 4 January 2021
Close at 9pm
Reopen at 6am

These are our typical opening hours for public holidays each year.

Peak times – Busy times at the gym

Monday to Thursday3pm – 8pm
Friday3pm – 6pm
Saturday9am – 1pm
Sunday6pm – 8pm
  • Term time is busier than holiday periods
  • You might expect to wait up to 10 minutes for a piece of equipment – be courteous and work in with others please!
  • If you are at all able to come to the gym outside of these times, you will have a pretty easy run on the equipment, especially in the mornings. Your workout time could be halved if you change the time of day you exercise.
  • Consider our extensive group fitness timetable classes as an alternative for cardio or weights – the majority of our classes are designed for low co-ordination levels and classes such as HIIT30 and Supercircuit are great substitutes for all round workouts where intensity is your goal.