Sumers Recreation Center Memberships

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Sumers Recreation Center memberships are available to all members of the Washington University community, including students, faculty, staff, retirees and alumni as well as their spouses or partners.

Memberships unlock access to all recreational facilities during scheduled hours, including the Sumers Recreation Center, Millstone Pool, the Grimm Racquet Courts, the Rec Locker Rooms and the South 40 Fitness Center.

Members have complimentary access to equipment checkout and towel services at the Sumers Rec equipment desk, as well as the option to purchase long-term locker rentals in the Rec Locker Rooms.

Sumers Rec members receive complimentary admission to most BearFit group exercise classes and BearFit Beginnings classes, as well as the exclusive option to purchase BearFit training packages.

Memberships also include access to all services within the Zen Den, including complimentary use of the motorized massage chairs and the opportunity to purchase massage therapy services.

Members with a WashU ID will use it to access facilities and services. Those without a WashU ID, such as alumni, retirees and spouses/partners, will be issued an access card.

Semester memberships are valid August 1 through December 31 (fall) or January 1 through May 31 (spring). Summer memberships are valid May 19 through Aug. 25. Annual memberships are valid for 365 days from date of purchase.

A one-time five-day complimentary trial membership is available to all staff, faculty, retirees, alumni and part-time students that have not previously purchased a membership. Request a five-day complimentary trial membership at the Sumers Rec membership desk.

Student and Employee Memberships











Full-Time/Fee-Paying Student *Automatic Access
Part-Time/Non Fee-Paying Student $25 $100 $200 $50 $10
Staff & Faculty $25 $100 #$200 $50 $10

Basic Services Contractor


$100 $200 $50


Spouse/Partner $25 $100 $200 $50 $10

*Most WashU students have automatic access to memberships via the student health and wellness fee. See the “automatic access” section for more information.

#Faculty and staff who commit to annual memberships have the option to pay via monthly payroll deduction. Read the “payment options” section for more information.

Alumni and Retiree Memberships










Alumni $50 $200 $400 $100 $10
WashU Retiree $25 $100 $200 $50 $10


$25 $100 $200 $50


Automatic Access

Automatic access to recreation facilities is provided to the following students:

  • Students that pay the Danforth Campus Health & Wellness Fee
  • Full-time, degree-seeking Medical Campus and DBBS students
  • Student Veterans

Click here for more detailed information on all student fees.

Washington University students who do not qualify for Automatic Access are eligible to purchase a membership at the Part-time/Non Fee-Paying Student rate.

Payment Options

IN PERSON: Memberships can be purchased at the Sumers Rec membership desk using a credit/debit card or Bear Bucks. Cash and checks are not accepted. You must have your WashU ID, or a photo ID.
ONLINE: Anyone with a WUSTL Key can purchase a membership in the online rec store using a credit/debit card.
PAYROLL DEDUCTION:WashU faculty and staff who commit to an annual membership can pay through a monthly payroll deduction. Payroll deductions will be made in monthly installments of $25 for the first eight months of the 12-month membership. Enroll in payroll deduction in person or online.

Guest Passes

Members may purchase passes for guests at the rate of $10 per day per person. There is a limit of three guests per day for each member. Please note that all guests must be at least 18 years old. Each guest must be accompanied by a sponsoring member and must present a photo ID at the entrance during each visit to the facility. Members will be held responsible for guest actions.

Spouse/Partner Memberships

Any WashU student, faculty/staff, basic services contractor, retiree or alumni with a current membership can purchase an additional membership for a spouse or partner residing at the same address. Spouse/partner memberships must be the same length or less than the membership of the WashU affiliate member. Spouse/partner members must present a marriage certificate or formal document showing shared residency with the current member. Spouse/partner members will be issued an access card they must present at the entrance during each visit. Renewals for spouse/partner memberships must be made in person at the member services desk inside the Sumers Rec Center. If the spouse/partner relationship should end, the non-WashU member will no longer be eligible for a membership and will receive a prorated refund for the remaining time left on his or her membership.

Minors/Dependents Policy

Adult dependents over age 18 are not eligible for a membership but may utilize recreation facilities via our sponsored guest pass option. For risk management reasons, minors are not permitted access to indoor recreation facilities except for special event family days.

Refund Policy

All membership refunds will be assessed a daily proration from purchase date along with a 25 percent administrative fee. There are no cash refunds. Members must bring original card they purchased their membership with to receive a refund. All refund requests must be completed at the Sumers Rec membership desk Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Specific refund questions should be directed to Assistant Director of Membership Ben Smith at 314-935-4417 or via email.