Miami Recreation


Recreation at Miami University

Students can find their fit with Miami Recreation! They can hang out at the Rec Center, play an intramural sport, or take a group fitness class. Miami Recreation offers programs and experiences designed with your student in mind.

Recreation FAQs

Do students purchase a membership to the Rec Center?

No. Access to the Rec Center for informal recreation is included in student fees. They pay separately for programs such as intramurals, outdoor trips or group fitness. To access the Rec Center, students use their student ID card or Mobile ID at the reception desk.

Are there special deals and discounts during orientation? How does may student take advantage of the orientation deals?

Yes, we are offering 20% off an intramural sports registration or group fitness pass. Or your student could take advantage of the Rec Center bundle, which includes a taste of multiple areas of recreation. Deals are available through July 1. Visit the Rec Center orientation deals form for more details and to sign up. The cost will be added to your student's bursar account for their first semester tuition and fees. Email Mike Arnos at with questions.

How do I find out more info about the Miami Bound early move in programs?

Miami Recreation offers three Miami Bound programs: Equestrian, Get Outside, and Sports of All Sorts. Each offers an opportunity to move in early and create a network of other first-year students with similar interests. Learn more and register on the Miami Bound website ».

Do students need to have experience to take an academic course (i.e. backpacking, horseback riding, rock climbing)?

No, previous experience is not required. While we do have advanced level courses, our beginner level courses are the best place to start. They are appropriate for anyone who has an interest and motivation to learn.

How do students sign up for an intramural team?

All participants use for the registration process and to purchase a single sport pass. A step-by-step guide is located at If students don’t have a full team, they can register as a free agent. Leagues are typically five games, played Sunday through Thursday between 6-11pm with a playoff for the top teams. Winners get a t-shirt!

How are club sports different than intramurals?

Club sports are student-led and designed to practice, travel and compete against other colleges and universities. Intramurals are all on campus and organized by Miami Recreation staff members. Several club sports have tryouts while intramurals are open to all. Check out for more information.

What types of classes are offered for Group Fitness?

There are over 50 classes per week such as Yoga, Zumba, TRX, Spinning, H2Boga, Total Body Tone, and Pilates. A full list of classes and schedules can be found at If your student isn’t sure about purchasing a pass, they can try us out first. During the first week of the semester, all group fitness is free.

Do students need gear or experience to climb at the Rec Center?

This depends on the style of climbing your student is looking to do. Bouldering is a form of climbing where you are not connected to the wall or any protection. For bouldering all your student needs are closed-toe shoes. If your student is climbing the tall wall on ropes or auto belays, they will need closed-toe shoes and a harness. We rent climbing gear at the wall desk.

Do students need previous experience to work for Miami Recreation?

No. While experience is helpful we offer training programs for all of our positions including lifeguarding, officiating, facility supervision (Rec/Fitness facilities), youth instruction (climbing, swimming, gymnastics, camps), trip leaders, climbing wall, team building facilitators, equestrian center, personal training, group fitness instructors and club sport event coverage. Students can see open positions at

What is the Pro Shop?

The pro shop/reception area of the Rec Center is the place to register for programs, check out sports equipment, and purchase snacks, drinks, supplements, apparel, swim gear, and smoothies. They are also fantastic people to answer questions about any and all Rec related activities.

Contact Information

Website and Social Media

  • Facebook: @MiamiRec
  • Twitter: @MiamiRecSports
  • Instagram: @Miamirecsports

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