Faculty, Staff and Community


Memberships for non-students are available.

Participation Agreement

Membership Type

A variety of length options available for:

Recreation Facilities

Requires OneCard/NIU Community Card for access. Note: some facilities may be closed or limited due to COVID-19.

Rec Membership Amenities

  • Group fitness class schedule
  • Reserved and daily locker options
  • Towel service
  • Anderson access pass (for pool access)
  • Free individual sessions with an expert- included with your initial membership. Just send an email to request to lkulchawik@niu.edu for:
    • One personal training assessment
    • Equipment orientation at the Recreation Center

Except for metered parking, permits are required to park on campus from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Parking is free after 5 p.m. and on weekends.

The parking lots in front of the Recreation Center and Chick Evans Field House require a blue or yellow parking permit.

Community recreation members can get a discounted parking permit. These can be purchased on-line.

Metered parking spaces at the Recreation Center are designated by large white signs. Anyone can park in the metered parking spots. Fees for metered spots are $.25 per 15 minutes for up to two hours. The metered spaces are located to the left of the front doors of the Student Recreation Center.

Parking along Stadium Drive East is for blue, yellow and brown permit parking. Lot K, located south of Stadium Drive, is for yellow, brown and orange permit parking. See campus map.

Are group fitness instructors certified?

All RecWell group fitness instructors are CPR/AED certified and many hold nationally recognized group fitness certifications. Our instructors have previous group fitness leadership experience prior to hiring, or have completed the Recreation and Wellness in-house Instructor training program.

Can I purchase a membership for my family, spouse/significant other?

Yes. Memberships are available for spouses, partners in a civil union, domestic partners and dependents of members.

I attended NIU previously but I didn't graduate. Can I get an alumni membership?

No. Alumni memberships are available for graduates of NIU only.

What are my payment options?

  • Online with a credit card
  • In person at the Membership Services counter with cash, check or credit card
  • Payroll deduction - come to the Membership Services counter for the payroll deduction form. After submitting, RecWell staff will process.

I'm an NIU employee and I'm taking a class. Can I get a student membership?

No. Faculty and staff taking classes on NIU campuses are not eligible for student privileges.

If I cancel my membership can I get a refund?

To qualify for a refund, submit a request in writing to CampusRecreation@niu.edu. Refunds are permitted for the following reasons:

  • Medical
  • Military service
  • Moving away from the region

Documentation verifying the reason must be provided. Membership refunds will be pro-rated. If the refund is approved by Rec Well, your payment will be reimbursed using the same method of payment (i.e., check, credit card or payroll deduction).

If you used payroll deduction, once Rec Well has confirmed your refund, complete the Stop/Start Payroll Deduction form. Notify Recreation and Wellness when you have completed and submitted the form.

What if I'm having trouble logging in to registration?

If you are a faculty, staff or student member, use your NIU email to log in to registration. The password for the Outreach registration system is not linked to your email password. If this is your first time using the system, click "Click Here" next to "Forgot Your Password?" You will receive an email from Outreach which will guide you through the process of setting up a password.