Athletics & Recreation

Recreational & Wellness


Access to our two recreation centers on the main campus and the Redwood City Recreation and Wellness Center is free to students. Stanford also has playing fields across campus, numerous volleyball, basketball, and tennis courts, and running, walking and biking trails lace the campus.

Intramural Sports

With over 5,500 yearly participants, the Intramural Sports program at Stanford includes formal competition in a variety of team and individual sports. Sport offerings vary by quarter and are inclusive of both recreational competitive teams: Stanford Intramural Sports .

Physical Education Classes

Our goal is to provide undergraduate and graduate students with opportunities to learn new skills and concepts through a variety of non-competitive lifelong physical activity courses such as: fitness, weight training, aquatics, racquet sports, dance, golf, sailing, horsemanship, etc. These courses are tailored to help students learn and develop their physical fitness and motor skills, as well as create a positive attitude toward well-being and physical activity which enable students to live a healthy, active lifestyle.

Group Fitness

Enjoy structured workouts and expert guidance from certified instructors with our group fitness program. With our group fitness passes, you get access to as many classes as you want each quarter for one price! 


Stanford Aquatics offers recreational swimming at two outdoor campus locations. The Avery Aquatic Center (AAC) is located in the center of the Stanford Athletics’ facilities and is home to Stanford’s varsity swim programs. The Avery Recreation Pool, located at the Arrillaga Outdoor Education and Recreation Center (AOERC) on Roble Field is a 50 meter pool used for recreational swimming and instructional classes. Employment opportunities and safety certification courses are also available.

Rec Classes

Recreational classes are offered to help provide alternative fitness activities for our community, teach new skills, and encourage lifelong interest in sports and health. Various levels of difficulty for each class benefit beginners to advanced participants: Stanford Recreational Classes .


The Adventure Program offers exciting outdoor trips, courses and clinics for students. Get off campus and experience the natural beauty of the California wilderness. Trips vary in difficulty from easy to strenuous and can range from single to multi-day events. The Stanford climbing wall is a great place to learn how to climb and build community while the gear rental program allows students to do their own adventures whenever they are ready.

Updated on December 2, 2022 9:59 AM