The UCSB Department of Recreation operates a number of facilities for students, staff, faculty, and community members. 

  • The Recreation Center contains two gymnasia, weight rooms, racquetball courts, a squash court, swimming pools, a pottery studio, and locker rooms. The MAC or Multi-Activity Court is located within the Recreation Center walls and includes two fitness spaces, the Adventure Climbing Center, indoor hockey arena/basketball courts, and locker rooms.
    • Use of the Recreation Center is granted on a quarterly basis to fee-paying UCSB students.
      Others may purchase memberships at the Recreation Department Customer Service Center located at the Recreation Center.
  • Robertson Gymnasium is a large multi-use facility with basketball courts, the Sport Club Athletic Room, Sport Club Athletic Performance Center, locker rooms, an indoor cycling room, a 1,500-seat gymnasium, a gymnastics room, fitness spaces, and more.
  • The Department also manages grass and artificial turf fields, sand volleyball courts, tennis courts, Harder Stadium, Pauley Track,  UCSB Sailing Dock at the Santa Barbara Harbor, and the UCSB Cachuma Lake Boat House.

Select facilities are available for rental by groups. Email for more information

2018 Facility Assessment Report

Facilities Maintenance Projects

Fitness Center 2 is currently out-of-service. 
All campus HVAC units were inspected and restarted when we returned from the COVID-19 closure. Unfortunately, the HVAC technicians did not successfully get the system that services Fitness Center  2 to function.

The issue is twofold, the units need to heat and cool the space but more importantly, circulate air.

Due to the HVAC system being unable to maintain proper air turnover rates, UCSB Campus officials red-tagged the space forcing a temporary closure. The process of replacing the HVAC system has been frustratingly long, and sadly it is not as simple as buying new units at a local hardware store and installing them. The entire system had to be redesigned by an engineering firm and the project was sent out to bid (per UC rules) for contractors to do the work. The good news is, the administrative work has been completed, the design is done, the bids were sent out, and a company has been awarded the job. The bad news is that projecting delivery time for the necessary equipment is delayed due to COVID-19-related supply chain issues. The timeline for delivery was 40 weeks from the time of order making the expected delivery August 2023. 

Rest assured that the Recreation Department staff and campus administration are actively investigating temporary solutions to the HVAC air circulation requirement so that the space can reopen before the permanent HVAC units are installed in summer. 

(Updated 3/2/2023)

Rec Cen Pools Closure starts March 27 and will go through the beginning of June.
Spring Quarter we will be offering limited lap swim at the Campus Pool.

Replastering Steps
Step 1: Prepare Aquatics Complex
Step 2: Drain small pool (approx. 1 week)
Step 3: Drain large pool (approx. 1 week)
Step 4: Remove Bulkhead from the large pool
Step 5: Demolish and remove the current plaster (approx. 2 weeks)
Step 6: Remove and replace expansion joints in the concrete in both pools (approx. 1 week)
Step 7: Waterproof pool Gutters & Surge Pits (approx. 2 weeks)
Step 8: Repair, grout, & clean tiles (approx. 2 weeks)
Step 9: Set Main Drain Covers
Step 10: Final plaster preparation (approx. 1 week)
Step 11: Plaster small pool
Step 12: Plaster large pool
Step 13: Fill both pools (approx. 1 week)
Step 14: Brush Plaster, Balance Chemicals (approx. 1 week)
Step 15: Cleanup & Demobilize
Step 16: Turn on boilers to heat both pools (approx. 1 week)

Note this is subject to change.

(Updated 03/20/2023)



UCSB Recreation operates sailing/boating classes at the Santa Barbara Harbor as part of the Gaucho REC program.
The Sailing Facility is also home to the UCSB Sailing team which is a sport club open to all UCSB Students.
For information on the UCSB Sailing Team click here.


Robertson Gymnasium, affectionately known as Rob Gym, comprises a main gymnasium as well as numerous auxiliary spaces. Built in 1959 as one of the first buildings at UC Santa Barbara, Rob Gym remains a hub of student activity. Rob Gym's main gymnasium is the home of the UCSB men's intercollegiate volleyball team, Exercise & Sport Studies activity classes, intramural leagues and numerous special events. Rob Gym's main court is a multi-use space which can be used for volleyball, basketball, badminton, large dances, gymnastics competitions, lectures, concerts, or other special events. The main gym can be configured for up to 2 basketball courts or 3 volleyball courts (bleachers retracted) or 1 main court for each sport with bleacher seating for spectators. Approximate seating in the bleachers is 1500. Floor seating varies.
Other spaces located as part of the Robertson Gymnasium complex include; UCSB Sport Club Athletic Performance Center (APC), the Sport Club Athletic Training Room, a gymnastics room, fitness studios, locker rooms as well as many Recreation Department offices.
The main gymnasium was remodeled in 2015 during phase 1 of the "Flip the Switch-for Student Recreation" fee referendum.
The gym and auxiliary spaces are not available for drop in use.
Rental and reservation information can be obtained by contacting the Recreation Department Scheduling Officer at


The Recreation Center Fields are located on Ocean Rd adjacent to the Recreation Center. The artificial turf surface and LED lighting makes the space functional for myriad events for Sport Clubs, Intramurals and community team use. Field 1 is lined for soccer, Field 2 soccer and field hockey, Field 3 is an unlined warm up area and Field 4 features soccer and men's and women's lacrosse lines as well as stadium seating and a scoreboard. The fields can also easily accommodate ultimate frisbee and rugby games.

When not reserved for group use, UCSB students may use the space on a drop in basis and hours align with those of the Recreation Center. Community/non-UCSB affiliate drop in use is not allowed.


The Multi-Activity Court (MAC) is the most versatile facility at UCSB. It is separate from the main Rec Cen building and is located towards the back of the UCSB Rec Cen complex, to the left of Pavilion gymnasium. It is home to the Adventure Program office, a workout facility with cardio and weight training, a roller hockey rink, and a climbing wall affiliated with Adventure Programs. The MAC can host a number of sports including: roller hockey, indoor soccer, indoor lacrosse, basketball, and volleyball. The MAC is currently used for intramural soccer, club roller hockey, and lacrosse practice. When it is not being used for Sport Clubs or Intramural Sports, it is open for recreation. Normal operation Hours are the same as the main building.

Use requires a valid Recreation Center membership.


UCSB has three sets of tennis courts.
The Rec Cen Tennis Courts are located to the north of the Recreation Center off Mesa Rd.
The Stadium Tennis Courts are located near Harder Stadium on Stadium Rd.
The Arhnold Tennis Center (previously known as Rob Gym Tennis Courts) located between Rob Gym and Pauley Track.
All courts are used for intramural leagues, Intercollegiate Athletic Tennis, GauchoREC classes and rentals. The Rec Cen and Stadium courts have lights for nighttime use.

When not reserved for group use, UCSB students, staff & faculty may use the space on a drop in basis and hours align with those of the Recreation Center. Community/non-UCSB affiliate drop in use is not allowed.
Please contact the Department of Recreation Scheduling Officer for rental information.



Two sand volleyball courts are located next to the Rec Cen in-between Rob Field and The Pit. The courts are used for Intramural Sport teams as well as open recreation

When not reserved for group use, UCSB students, staff & faculty may use the space on a drop in basis. The courts close at sunset. Community/non-UCSB affiliate drop in use is not allowed.


Storke Field is located between El Colegio Rd and Harder Stadium. The large grass field hosts many events and is regularly used for soccer, flag football and softball. Storke hosts Intramural Sports, Sport Clubs, and can be rented by the community. All users must abide by posted signs and or adhere to instructions from field monitors.
Storke Field will undergo a major renovation as phase 3 of the 'Flip the Switch - For Student Recreation' fee referendum. The majority of the fields will be converted to all weather synthetic turf. Project is due to be completed in late 2018 or early 2019.

When not reserved for group use, UCSB students, staff & faculty may use the space on a drop in basis and close at sunset. Community/non-UCSB affiliate drop in use is not allowed.

Please contact the Department of Recreation Scheduling Officer for rental information.


The Pit also known as the Scrimmage Field is a natural grass field located between the baseball stadium and the track adjacent to parking lot 30. This field is home to the UCSB Men's & Women's Rugby teams as well as the UCSB Summer Day Camp.

Drop in use is not allowed.

Please contact the Department of Recreation Scheduling Officer for rental information.