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Recreational Sports and Fitness



What does a Recreational Sports and Fitness membership include?

All memberships include access to the Jacobs Fitness Center, Cassell Fitness Center, Congressional Fitness Center (summer hours only), recreational swim in the Reeves Aquatic Center, open court time in Bender Arena, and access to our outdoor facilities.

Where are your facilities located on campus?

American University has one central mailing address so there are no specific building addresses on campus. The Jacobs Fitness Center, Reeves Aquatic Center, and Bender Arena are located in the Sports Center while Cassell Fitness Center is located on the first floor of Cassell Hall (separate entrance than the residence hall). Congressional Fitness Center is located on the new east campus on the first floor of Congressional Hall (separate entrance). Please refer to a campus map for building locations.

Is there parking? 

Parking is available in the Bender Arena parking garage before 8am and after 5pm for those without a staff/faculty parking permit. Between 8am-5pm, there is pay for parking located at the Katzen Art Center.

What are the facility hours?

Recreational Sports and Fitness facility schedules' closely follow the University calendar and are closed during all AU holidays. Evening hours are shortened during semester breaks and summer. Hours of operation can be found online here.

Is there an age minimum for children to be at the facility?

Children must be at least 14 years old to use the fitness center, and children under 14 years of age can use the arena or pool. All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times within the facilities.

What if I lost my membership card?

You cannot access the facilities without a valid membership card. Students and staff need to obtain a replacement AU ID from Housing and Dining. Those with a JFC card can purchase a replacement card for $15 at either fitness center front desk. 

Can I make a partial payment?

There are no partial or partial year payment options available.

Is there month to month membership option?

No. All non-student memberships are annual (with the exception of payroll deduction and other special affiliations). 

Can I purchase a pool-only membership?

We do not have a pool-only membership available. Access in the Sports Center is centralized though the Jacobs Fitness Center so entry cannot be regulated to one area only.

Can I opt-out of paying for a student membership?

Unfortunately, student membership is embedded in the student fees so there is no specific fee to be reimbursed.

Are services like group exercise classes included in a membership?

All services like group exercise and personal training are additional fees. 

Can I bring a guest?

Members may bring up to two guests per day - there is a $13 per guest fee. At this time, there are no multi-day passes available. All guests must be accompanied by the member at all times.

When/How do I sign up for a membership?

You can register for a membership anytime during our operating hours. To pay for a non-student membership, accepted payment methods include cash, check, credit card (Visa or Mastercard) and Eaglebucks (if applicable).

All annual memberships begin at the time payment is taken. Memberships do not follow the academic calendar.

Where can I store my belongings?

There are many options for members to keep their valuables stored safety within the facility. Both Cassell Fitness Center, Jacobs Fitness Center, and Congressional Fitness Center offer a variety of complimentary and rental locker options.

Who is included in a family membership?

A family membership can be defined as a spouse/domestic partner and children under 18 years old living within the same household.

What are the busiest times for the fitness center?

Typically the beginning of each semester, in September and January, and between 5-8pm during the week all semester are considered are peak times.

What if I am a faculty or staff member and a student?

Any faculty or staff member who is also enrolled as a student (at least one credit for the current semester) can receive a faculty/staff student membership for that semester for no additional fee. It is the faculty/staff member's responsibility to notify AU RecFit of their course enrollment and to drop/add their payroll deduction membership (if applicable) as needed to maintain fitness facility access.