Memberships & Services

Our Commitment to Hopkins Well-Being

Health, wellness, fitness, and community — these are the guiding principles of the programs offered through the Ralph S. O’Connor Center for Recreation and Well-Being. Our staff is here to engage you in experiences to improve your well-being, ranging from yoga classes to help build inner strength and reduce stress to exciting outdoor trips and courses that encourage and develop leadership, teamwork, environmental stewardship, character development, and transferable life skills.

Whether it’s quenching your thirst for competition or providing an opportunity to build friendships with others who love the game, we offer extensive club and intramural programs year-round. Looking to improve your fitness level or struggling to navigate your personal workout routine? Consider our fitness programs, including our personal training or group fitness classes as a fun and social change of pace.

Explore our website or visit us on the Homewood campus to learn about the myriad offerings available. We look forward to becoming a vital part of your Johns Hopkins experience!


The Recreation Center offers memberships to students, staff, faculty, spouse/partners, and JHU affiliates. The Recreation Center is not open to the general community for membership.

Membership applications must be completed through the Rec Portal or the Follow Me to the Rec mobile app prior to entering. If you need assistance you can call Membership Services during office hours at 410-516-5229. Accepted payment methods include any major credit card, or payroll deduction (only JHU employees).

Explore below to learn about the memberships we offer and any fees that may apply.

Membership TypeAnnualFall (4 mos)Spring (5 mos)Summer (3 mos)
Grad Student$192$64$80$48
Grad Student- Spouse/Partner$192$64$80$48
Alumni Spouse/Partner$312$104$130$78


KSAS, Whiting, and Peabody Full-Time Undergraduates and Full-Time Graduates

The Recreation Center membership fee is included in the tuition for all current KSAS and WSE full-time undergraduate and graduate students.

AAP, Education, Nursing, Medicine, Public Health, Carey Business School, SAIS Students and Part-time Graduate, and Part-time Graduate KSAS and WSE students

Are eligible to purchase a Recreation Center membership.

Staff, Faculty & Retirees

Staff, Faculty, and Retirees of Johns Hopkins University

Are eligible to purchase a Recreation Center membership. This includes staff, faculty and retirees of:

  • Homewood
  • Peabody
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Public Health
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Education
  • Carey Business School
  • Bayview Medical Center
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • School of Advanced International Study
  • Advanced Academic Programs
  • Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
  • Applied Physics Lab


JHU Affiliates

Are eligible to purchase a Recreation Center membership. This includes:

  • Baltimore Museum of Art (employees only)
  • Carnegie Institution of Washington
  • Gertrude’s @ the BMA (employees only)
  • The Hopkins Club (employees only)
  • Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame Members
  • Kennedy Krieger
  • Space Telescope Science Institute
  • US Lacrosse (employees only)
  • Spouses of faculty, staff, and students



Johns Hopkins University alumni are eligible to purchase a Recreation Center membership. Alumni will need to present their JHU Alumni Association membership card or J-Card. To obtain a JHU Alumni Association membership card, visit the Alumni Association at the San Martin Center.

Traveling from out of town and planning to be in the Baltimore area, please contact the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association to coordinate your Alumni Association membership card and arrange for the purchase of your guest pass to the Recreation Center.

Spouses & Partners

Spouses/Partners of Students, Staff, Faculty, Retirees and Affiliates

The affiliate of JHU/JHMI must be a current Recreation Center member for their spouse/partner to become a member. To initiate the spouse/partner membership, the member and spouse must register in person with Membership Services or the spouse may present a digital copy of the member’s J-card/JHMI or recreation ID. Evidence of stated legal status (i.e. State, Federal, Government-issued official marriage license/ sponsorship, certificate of domestic partnership, or a copy of the current lease with both names listed) will be required as a condition of purchasing a membership.

Additional Membership Information

The membership fee provides access to the O’Connor Recreation Center, including:

  • JHU pool
  • Climbing wall
  • Locker rooms
  • Basketball courts
  • Racquetball/squash courts
  • Fitness center
  • Weight room
  • Use of recreation equipment available at the Equipment Room

The membership fee does not include fees for:

  • Group fitness passes
  • Personal training
  • Aquatic and safety training programs
  • Swim lessons
  • Locker rental
  • Towel service
  • Any additional programs

Prior to purchasing a membership, please note that certain areas may not be available at all times and all schedules are subject to change without notice (for JHU Events, Varsity Swimming Competitions, student-sponsored activities, etc).

The Recreation Center generally closes for three to four weeks throughout the year for general and routine maintenance. Typically, this occurs for one week in December, two in May (including commencement), and one in August. These closures are a part of the membership fee.

A complete schedule of operating hours, including reduced hours during holidays and academic recesses, is available on the Recreation Center website, Facebook page and at the Welcome Desk. Check class and activity postings in the main lobby and throughout the building to avoid any conflicts and inconveniences.

For both security and utilization purposes, all members must present a valid membership card to enter the Recreation Center. Valid membership cards include either their J-Card, JHMI ID Badge, or Recreation Center Membership Card with a picture of the member on the card. Federal/State issued IDs will only be accepted twice per year for members because valid membership cards are required. It is necessary to have a valid membership ID card with you at all times as it must be presented to check out any equipment. Your ID card is non-transferable. If an ID card is presented by anyone other than the owner whose name appears on the card, it will be confiscated and all privileges revoked.

Use of the playing fields must be scheduled in advance with Brandon Holley, assistant director of facilities, by submitting a request online via the Facility Reservation Request form.

Guest Passes

Recreation Center members can sponsor a guest into the Recreation Center. The following policies and procedures apply:

  • Current Recreation Center members may sponsor up to two guests per visit for a $10 fee per guest.
  • All guests must be sponsored by a Recreation Center member (JHU student, staff, faculty, or affiliate) and must be 18 years of age to be eligible for a guest pass.
  • A valid federal/state photo ID must be presented by the Recreation Center member’s guest at the Welcome Desk.
  • Members are responsible for guests’ behavior and adhesion to all Recreation Center policies.
  • Members and Guests must comply with all facility policies, guest policies, and staff instructions.
  • Members are responsible for equipment check-out/return.
  • Members are responsible for remuneration for guests’ entrance fees and lost/broken/damaged equipment.
  • Members are responsible for remaining in the Recreation Center with their guests.
  • Soliciting guest sponsorship from members is not permitted.
  • Recreation Staff reserve the right to revoke daily use, guest sponsorship, or membership privileges at any time for those who fail to comply with facility policies, guest policies, or staff instructions.

Purchasing Guest & Fitness Class Passes

  • Members may purchase a 1-Day Membership for their guest. Everyone must register on the JHU Rec Center Member Portal. or through the Follow Me to the Rec App prior to accessing the Rec Center.
  • The Follow Me to the Rec app is available for download in the Apple App Store and on Google Play Store.
  • Access to the Rec
    • Register for a 1-Day Membership on the Member Portal OR the app.
    • Select – MEMBERSHIP SERVICES then MEMBERSHIP SALES then 1-Day Membership Facility Access
    • Guest MUST be 18 yrs or older, complete the waiver & present a valid ID.
    • Member MUST enter J-card Number.
  • Individual Group Fitness Class
    • You must purchase a group fitness class pass on the member portal or the Follow me to the Rec app in Membership Services.
    • Click on “Individual Group Fitness Class Pass”
    • Guest MUST be 18 yrs or older, complete the waiver & present a valid ID.
    • Member MUST enter J-card Number.

Fitness Class Passes

Blue Jay Class Pass

The Blue Jay Class Pass provides access to 21 different classes/week, including classes in yoga, Pilates, dance, spinning and many others. F45 classes are not included.

F45 Class Pass

F45 is a functional 45-minute circuit-based workout in a high-tech, high-energy environment. 19 classes/week.

Ultimate Class Pass

The Ultimate Class Pass provides access to all classes included in the Blue Jay Class Pass as well as the F45 classes for a total of 40 classes per week!

Spring Session Pass Fees

Full-time Krieger, Whiting, and Peabody Students

  • Blue Jay Class Pass: no additional cost, courtesy of the Hopkins Parents Fund
  • F45 Class Pass: $60

Part-time Students, Students at other JHU schools & Post Docs

  • Blue Jay Class Pass: $60
  • F45 Class Pass: $60
  • Ultimate Class Pass: $95

Faculty, Staff, and Affiliate Members

  • Blue Jay Class Pass: $75
  • F45 Class Pass: $75
  • Ultimate Class Pass: $115

Summer Session Pass Fees

Full-time Krieger, Whiting, and Peabody Students

  • Blue Jay Class Pass (includes F45): no additional cost, courtesy of the Hopkins Parents Fund

Part-time Students and Students at other JHU schools

  • Ultimate Class Pass: $30 (includes F45)

Faculty, Staff, and Affiliate Members

  • Ultimate Class Pass: $50 (includes F45)



Long-Term Locker Rental Service

All locker rentals are handled within the Recreation Center Office and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Members must pay locker rental and towel service fees in full at the time of purchase. Payment can be made with any major credit card. Locker rental expiration notifications are posted within the facility and emailed out three weeks prior to the end date.

  • Full-length lockers in the faculty/staff locker rooms: $90/year
  • Half-length lockers in the general locker rooms: $60/year
  • One-third length lockers located in the hallway near the equipment room: $35/year
  • The faculty locker room is swipe-card controlled and only those with rented lockers in that space are permitted access.

Renewal Dates

  • Locker rental renewals begin the first week of classes. Any locker rental that is not renewed by the second week of August will be cleaned out and that locker will be made available for other members.

Day Use Locker Service

Members and guests of the Recreation Center may use day lockers to store their personal items while using the facility. However, these lockers are not designated for overnight usage and must be cleared out at the end of the day. Day lockers are available in the locker rooms and require members to provide their own lock. You may also purchase a lock in the Recreation Center Office.

Towel Service

Towel Service is $35/year and offers members a fresh towel for each visit. Towels are available in the Recreation Center Equipment Room. Members must have their ID to obtain a towel.