Memberships to the Grand Valley State University Athletic and Recreation Facilities are available to all students who are registered for one or more credits, faculty or staff of GVSU, as well as qualified alumni and their immediate families.  Benefits of membership to our facilities include: Use of the Recreation Center (all 3 levels), access to the Fieldhouse Aquatic Center during open swim times, the racquetball courts, outdoor courts (basketball and tennis), use of the Kelly Family Sports Center during open track/turf times, and access to our vast array of available rental items.  We welcome anyone and everyone to become a part of our Laker Athletic and Recreation Facilities family!  

Membership Options

GVSU Student

GVSU students who are enrolled in at least one credit will receive FREE automatic entry into the facilities with a valid GVSU Student I.D. during the semester they are registered in.  Student spouse and/or immediate dependents can purchase a membership for $20 per person, per semester.  Parents of students do not qualify for this membership. 

GVSU Faculty/Staff

GVSU Faculty and Staff are allowed FREE entry into the facilities with a valid GVSU Faculty/Staff ID.  Benefit-eligible GVSU Faculty and Staff qualify for a free membership for their immediate spouse and dependents.  Non-benefit eligible GVSU faculty and staff can purchase a membership for their immediate spouse and dependents at the reduced alumni membership rates. 

GVSU Alumni

GVSU graduates or someone who has earned 60 credits or more from GVSU are qualified to purchase a membership at the reduced alumni rates for themselves and immediate family spouse and dependents.

  • Alumni 1 Month = $30.00          Family = $50.00
  • Alumni 6 Month = $100.00        Family = $175.00
  • Alumni 12 Month = $175.00      Family = $300.00


Members of the community with no affiliation with GVSU or less than 60 earned credit hours may purchase a community membership for themselves and/or immediate family (spouse/dependents). Community members may use the facilities during regular open hours.   

  • Community 1 Month = $80.00         Family = $150.00
  • Community 6 Month = $275.00       Family = $425.00
  • Community 12 Month = $400.00     Family = $725.00

Important Membership Information

Please read the below information regarding memberships:

  • Memberships fees are non refundable.
  • Faculty/Staff must be benefit eligible to qualify for your spouse and dependents to receive a free membership.
  • Students hoping to get a student spouse discount must be taking classes during the current semester.  Only 1 semester can be purchased at a time and they will be processed the Tuesday after the first week of classes.
  • Your membership application will be processed within approximately two weeks of your purchase date.  A confirmation e-mail or phone call will be sent to you with your new expiration date and membership card number that are activated or if you need a new scan card that will be available for pick-up.
  • Proof of dependency is required for everyone over the age of 18 (copy of student schedule or current tax form showing them as your dependent).  This can either be brought to the Rec Center front desk, faxed to 616-331-3225 attention: memberships, or emailed to
  • All members and dependants ages 2 and over will receive a card.
  • Anyone 14 and up is permitted to work out alone in the Cardio Room, Free-Weight Room, and/or Selectorized Weight Room. 
  • If you have a child that is 12 or 13 years of age and you want to give them permission to use the above equipment, we have a liability form that you must complete prior to your child using this equipment.
  • Anyone under the age of 14 is not permitted to use any equipment.  Usage of the courts and pool with adult supervision ARE permitted.
  • Racquetball Courts are free with a membership before 5pm on weekdays, otherwise there is a $3.00 charge per reservation.
  • Membership does NOT include use of the climbing center (separate fee). Students however receive free entry with valid student ID.
  • Membership does NOT include free access to any GVSU Athletic events.

Parking Information

Parking permits are required for vehicles that park on the GVSU Campus. Graduate, Alumni, Faculty/Staff, and Community Memberships can get a parking permit by showing their current membership card and driver’s license to the Public Safety Office 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. These permits will be valid for the current semester only and will need to be replaced each semester. The sole use of this permit is for non-academic field house recreational facilities use. It may not be used for any other purpose including events or academic classes. The permit is the property of the Grand Valley State University Department of Public Safety. 

Permits may not be sold, altered or copied in any way. Lost or stolen permits must be reported immediately to Public Safety. Unauthorized or improper use of this permit will result in its confiscation, and may result in criminal and university penalties. Fraudulently obtaining goods or services is a crime, punishable by up to 1 year in jail and a fine of not more than $2,000.00.

GVSU Parking Map 

Membership Application

I have read the membership requirement above and all of the information I filled out on the application will be accurate.  If the Rec Center finds any falsification in the information on the application, it may lead to a withdrawal of membership privileges with no refund. Please click on the link below to start your application process. 

Begin Your Membership Application