Category Archives: Health and Fitness

Are you finishing your studies at UC? Stay connected at the UC RecCentre

Even though your studies at UC may be finishing, your journey with us doesn’t have to end!     The RecCentre welcomes members from the community, and we also give UC alumni a Friends of UC discounted rate. 

If you aren’t returning to study in 2024, all undergraduate UC 2023 memberships will expire on the 5th of March, so you won’t’ be able to access our service without a new membership. If you’d like to keep using the gym you’ve come to know and love with your mates, you can buy a membership, like you would any other gym.

(If you are re-enrolled for 2024, you don’t have to do anything – your membership stays active).  

Friends of UC Memberships 

If you’re graduating, you can choose a Friends of UC Membership, in either 3 or 12mths.   We also offer off-peak memberships if you think you’ll only come in before 3pm. 

Community Memberships 

If you’re taking a break or not returning to UC, but not graduating either, then you can grab a community membership.  These are also available in 3 or 12mth terms, and an off-peak option is available as well. 

All membership types have a one-off joining fee of $49, which includes a starter pack to help you in the next phase of your wellness journey.  

One- time offer for your first non-student membership with us 

We’d love to see you continue with us at the RecCentre, where you can keep coming with your friends and doing the classes you love.  To help your transition from student to working life, we’d like to offer you a great deal:

Buy 3 months from us, and we’ll give you 3 months additional for free.  

We’ll keep this offer open to you for all of March, so you have plenty of time to look at your options and make the right decision for you. 

Ngā mihi
UC Rec&Sport | Te Ratonga Hākinakina 


Group exercise classes big and small – we’ve got something for everyone!

Are you ready to try something new and fun?  The UC RecCentre offers 17 different exercise classes, so we really do have something to suit everyone, whether you like the gym or like to dance! Head to our group fitness pages to read up (or watch a video) on each class style.  Better yet, be brave and book into class using the app and see how it goes!   All of these classes are FREE with your study levy funded membership.  Sign up for yours now! 

View of back of the instructor teaching a pump class at the UC RecCentre

Circuit/Interval Style Group Classes

Circuits and intervals require no rhythm or musical ability, just the willingness to put your best effort in. Our instructors will provide options for each exercise, to ensure you can safely do the class AND get your intensity up to the level you want it to be at.   These classes will give you both a muscle and cardio workout in one.

Traditional Muscle conditioning Classes

Don’t want to get too puffed on your first outing?  Fair enough.  These classes focus on the muscle work, so whilst you’ll get a healthy rise in heart rate, it’s more the muscle burn you’ll feel.  With no prior experience or co-ordination needed, these are great ways to get started!

Cardio Workouts

Ready to get your heart rate up and build your cardiovascular fitness?  Whether you like to dance or just work hard, we’ve got you covered!


Our mindbody classes will not only help you unwind and de-stress, you’ll also get some great strength, mobility and flexibility from these exercise styles

So what’s holding you back!   Let us do the thinking for you, just book in, turn up and move your way to healthier your this year!

Ngā mihi
Te Ratonga Hākinakina | UC Rec&Sport



How much does the gym cost? Pay nothing more for the UC gym!

Did you know that the UC RecCentre is right here on campus, and it’s yours to use whilst you are a student?  Technically it’s not free, because your student levy pays for it, but you don’t have to hand over any more money for the basics, so that’s kind of free, right? 

Student getting help from an instructor on how to use the leg press machine at the UC RecCentre

What does a gym membership cost?

Gyms in the area can range from $6.95 per week for a big box gym for weights and cardio only (like CityFitness) through to $60 a week or more, for a boutique class only gym (like F45) or fancy gyms like IHF. When making your decision about joining a gym, cost is usually the main consideration. The RecCentre is a gem on campus, offering both boutique style classes in our Skill X programme AND large-scale fitness classes in our group fitness programme. You can also do weights, cardio, climb walls and play sport at our place too.  And it costs you nothing more to join.  You just have to register ONCE during your time as a student for unlimited access. 

How to join 
  1. Register online using your student email.  This will be if you’re undergraduate or if you’re a postgraduate. 
  2. Get the app.  Almost everything is booked via the app, plus you get access to free gym programmes and ondemand workouts to do at home or at the gym anytime, anywhere!
  3. Come down and have a look!  On your first visit, we’ll take your photo and activate your student ID card (you need to bring it with you every visit – it’s how you’ll get past the gates).
  4.   You can book a Discover the gym session via the app, for a guided tour with a small group, or try one of the other discovery sessions available if you don’t want to dive right in!

As with any tech, there are sometimes issues to get going.  If you have any problems getting your membership sorted, then visit our troubleshooting page. Still no luck? Visit our team at reception and we’ll get you going. Just bring your Student ID Card and we’ll sign you in for your workout while we figure it out. 

Stay on top of your wellbeing this year by finding a great balance, including some healthy exercise that you enjoy.  See you soon! 

Ngā mihi
Te Ratonga Hākinakina | UC Rec&Sport