Frequently Asked Questions

What does it cost to use the gym?

There is no cost for full-time students who have a valid WildCARD to use the gym. However, the cost for others depends on how you are affiliated with the university. Part-time students, university employees, alumni, affiliates, and members of the general public all pay different rates.

How do I access the gym?

A valid WildCARD or membership ID is required to access the gym. Affiliates who are not full-time students or do not have a membership must pay a daily fee to access the gym. Membership is required to access Blomquist gym; no daily fees are allowed.

When is the gym open?

There are three exercise facilities on campus open at various times throughout the day. Consult the facilities schedule for a listing of times.

Do I have to be a member to use the gym?

Membership is not required to use the sports and aquatics center.  If you do not have a memberhsip to the sports and aquatics center you can purchase a daily fee.  Membership is required to use Patten and Blomquist gyms.

Where do I go to become a member?

Memberships may be purchased in the membership office at 2311 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL.

Do you have personal trainers?

We employ a staff of personal trainers that you may hire to help you with your exercise routine. Please email Nancy Tierney at n-tierney@northwestern.edu for more information.

Where is the gym located?

There are three fitness and recreation facilities on campus. Two are located on the north end of campus, Patten Gym, and the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion/Norris Aquatics Center. The other, Blomquist Recreation Center, is located on south campus.

Is there a fee for parking?

Parking is regulated by the NU parking office. Permits are required to park from 8:00am to 4:00pm Monday - Friday. Permits are not required on the weekend. Permits may be purchased from the parking kiosk located to the south of the sports and aquatics center.  Two hour permits cost $5.50 and full day permits cost $8.25. Purchase is by credit card only. Parking permits issued from the kiosk are valid for visitors, faculty, and staff for day of purchase only. Students must purchase permits directly from the parking office.

Are children allowed in the gym?

Children under the age of 16 may use the gym and must be accompanied by an adult at all times.