Sports and recreation

Whether you’re interested in winning the next national championship or simply attending a drop-in hip-hop class, it’s easy to stay active at UBC. Join a recreational league, get involved in a seasonal event, or cheer on UBC athletes at a game.

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UBC varsity football

Varsity

With 122 national championship titles under our belt, UBC is a powerful contender in university athletics. Join the UBC Heat on the Okanagan campus or the UBC Thunderbirds on the Vancouver campus and you could be competing internationally with thousands of fans cheering you on.

Okanagan Campus

Learn more about UBC Heat »

Vancouver Campus

Learn more about UBC Thunderbirds »

UBC students rowing longboat

Intramurals and recreation

Staying physically active helps reduce stress and improves your overall wellbeing. You don’t have to be an elite athlete to sign up for a class, join an intramural league, or book a tennis court and practise your backswing. UBC’s recreation programs and events are inclusive and open to everyone.

Okanagan Campus

Sign up for a group fitness class »
Join an intramural league »
Learn how to curl or to rock climb »

Vancouver Campus

Sign up for a yoga or dance class »
Join an intramural league »
Participate in Day of the Longboat or Storm the Wall »

UBC students can hit the slopes at nearby ski resorts

Sports Clubs

UBC’s sports clubs give you an opportunity to compete at a high level in a variety of sports including alpine skiing, fencing, sailing, tennis, and synchronized swimming. More of a casual competitor? UBC Student Societies offer dozens of recreational and athletic clubs to help you stay active and engaged.

Okanagan Campus

Perfect your serve with the Badminton club or dive with the Scuba Club »

Vancouver Campus

Compete with the Triathlon club or paddle with the Dragon Boat Club »
Compete with the UBC Thunderbirds Sport Clubs »

Fitness facilities and venues

Thunderbird Sports Centre

Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre

Students playing basketball

UBC Okanagan Gym

UBC's golf course

University Golf Club

Hangar Fitness and Wellness Centre Image source: Martin Dee/UBC Communications & Marketing

Hangar Fitness and Wellness Centre

UBC Tennis Centre

Beach volleyball courts Image source: Martin Dee/UBC Communications & Marketing

Beach volleyball courts

UBC Aquatic Centre Image source: UBC Public Affairs

UBC Aquatic Centre

student playing soccer

Nonis Sports Field

John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse

John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse