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Member Services FAQs

Purchase a monthly membership at the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center

 

Rec Membership Types   |   Member FAQs  |  Online Member Portal Screen Steps

 

For membership questions, please contact us at recmemberservices@vanderbilt.edu

 

Rec Membership Benefits 

  • Access to state-of-the-art facilities including multiple gymnasium courts, an indoor and outdoor turf field, rock climbing wall, two indoor tracks, multiple outdoor grass fields, aquatics center, and much more!

  • Sports equipment available for rent

  • Over 60 free group fitness classes each week

  • Free fitness assessments and cooking classes

  • Special member-only rates on swim lessonspersonal training, massage therapy, clinics, and classes

  • New online purchasing process with month-to-month membership rates featuring automatic payments with no long-term agreement


Rec Membership Types

The Rec strives to serve Vanderbilt students, faculty, staff, and the Nashville community. Membership includes full access to all facilities during our operational hours.

Type Description
University Employees
Individuals who are currently employed by Vanderbilt University in either a full or part-time capacity. VUMC employees, see the Community membership type.

Alumni
Individuals who have earned a degree from Vanderbilt University

Community
Individuals who are visiting students, visiting scholars, employees of VUMC, and residents of Nashville

Family Members**
Individuals who are *spouses or *dependents of University Employees, Alumni, or Community members. Spouses and dependents may receive this rate only if the primary member has a membership. If not, the spouse or dependent will take on the primary member's rate. 


*Spouses: A spouse is defined as a legally married individual to the primary member.

*Dependents: A dependent is defined as a natural born, step or adopted individual of the primary member and is 25 years of age and under.

**Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied at all times by a parent, legal guardian, or supervising adult over the age of 18. For more information, please visit the Vanderbilt University Protection of Minors policy

 Frequently Asked Questions


What are the Rec hours of operations?
We are open Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 11 p.m. Be sure to check our facility hours webpage for the most up-to-date information regarding

 

I am a Vanderbilt University Medical Center Employee, can I get a membership?
Yes! All medical center employees are eligible for the Community membership.

 

I am a Nashville Resident, can I get a membership?
Yes! Here at the Rec, Nashville Residents fall under our Community membership rate. 

 

Can I try out the Rec for the day?
Yes, we’d love to have you come give us a try! Stop by the Welcome Desk for a tour or if you just want to work out, it is $10 for a daily guest pass. All guests must be sponsored by a current member if they are not associated with Vanderbilt University (i.e. a student, a faculty or staff member, or a VUMC employee). If you do not have a sponsor, you will not be allowed to utilize our facilities. Please see our policies on guest passes at www.vu.edu/vandyrec.

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Do you provide child care?
Unfortunately, no. All children under the age of 3 are admitted free, however, any child over the age of 3 must either have a membership or purchase a guest pass good for one day. Minors are required to stay with a parent or legal guardian at all times while in our facility due to the Vanderbilt University Protection of Minors policy

 

What is the cost of membership?
Membership rate vary by affiliation with Vanderbilt University. It’s best to view the rates at www.vu.edu/vandyrec under the Member Services menu tab. If you have questions after viewing our rates, please email recmemberservices@vanderbilt.edu.

 

What are the payment methods for memberships?
All memberships must be paid for on a major credit or debit card. Each month, between the 1st and 5th day of the month, membership dues will automatically be charged to the major credit or debit card put on file in our membership system during the initial set up of your membership.

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What does my membership include?
Your membership gives you full access to the fitness centers, indoor pool, multiple gym courts, the climbing wall, our indoor field house, a wide variety of free group fitness classes, discounted programs and services, and access to manage your membership online via our member portal.

 

Can I cancel my membership at any time?
We hate to see you go! Here at the Rec, there are not contracts to sign, so if you need to cancel for any reason, please let us know by the end of the current month by filling out our Membership Cancellation form located on our website under the Member Services menu tab.

 

Can I put my membership on hold?
Yes! Let us know by the end of the current month by filling out our Membership Cancellation form located on our website under the Member Services menu tab. You can restart your membership at your leisure!

 

As a member, can I bring a friend or pay a small fee to bring a friend occasionally?
Guest passes for friends and family can be obtained at the Welcome Desk for $10 per pass, per day. For more information, please see our policies about guests at the Rec.

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How can I update my card on file for my membership dues each month?
We are happy to help! Please look through the “How to Change my Credit Card” guide. If you have more questions, please contact us at recmemberservices@vanderbilt.edu.

 

My fiancé is interested in obtaining a membership at the Rec. Can they be a family member on my membership type?
As fiancés are not legally married spouses, they will need to purchase a Community membership. For more information, please see our membership policies.

 

What should I wear/bring with me to work out?
You’ll want to wear comfortable clothes and athletic shoes, however, they don't have to be fancy or expensive.  You'll need a lock if you are going to use the locker room and a swim cap to go swimming. If you forget these items, they are available at the Welcome Desk for a small fee. Check out the Lockers and Towels page for information about equipment for purchase and rent.

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When do you have lap swim?
It's best to refer to the pool schedule under the Facilities menu tab at www.vu.edu/vandyrec to know when lap swim is offered.

 

Are towels available for rent?
With the rental of a medium or large locker for a semester, towel service is included free of charge. If you do not wish to rent a locker, towels can be rented per day for $1 at the Welcome Desk. Please see the Lockers & Towels page for more information. 

 

Do you have trainers?
We have several trainers and can help you choose the one to help you reach your health and fitness goals. Visit the Fitness and Wellness menu tab at www.vu.edu/vandyrec for more information about personal training.

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 Online Member Portal Screen Steps

How to Sign Up for Membership Online

How to Save a New Credit Card Online

How to Change the Credit Card Associated with your Membership Online

How to Pay an Outstanding Invoice Online

How to Renew a Locker Online