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How To Purchase A Membership

NEW online functionality allows you to purchase/renew your membership and renew currently held lockers with a credit card. Follow these steps:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on New Membership, Membership Renewal, or Locker renewal
  3. Log in using your ISU Net ID
    (Don’t have an ISU Net ID? Request a new online account by clicking here.)
  4. Proceed by choosing the options you wish to purchase.

All Recreation Services purchases can also be made at the front desk of State Gym, Monday thru Friday, 8AM to 5PM. State Gym is located at 2642 Union Dr., on the ISU campus.
ISU Employees: All payroll deduct purchases must be made in person at State Gym during the times mentioned above.

Day passes may be purchased at any time at State Gym or Lied Recreation Athletic Center.

Members, with the exception of Non ISUCard Holder Members, must present a valid ISUCard encrypted with the current version number in order to have access into Recreation Services facilities and programs. If you do not have an ISUCard please contact the ISUCard Office at 294-2727 for information on how to obtain one.

In some cases, your ISUCard may need to be activated by the Recreation Services Administrative Office before you can purchase a pass.  The Administration Office, located at 2642 Union Dr., 1180 State Gym, is open 8 AM to 5 PM, Monday-Friday.

Membership & Locker Fees

Membership Effective Dates Price Available
Family Hours Designated Days & Times $1 per dependent guest In-person only
Day Valid for the date of purchase $8 In-person only
Month 1 month from date of purchase $40 In-person and online
Year 12 months from date of purchase $403 In-person and online
Year 12 months from date of purchase 12 monthly payments of ($33.60) In-person only


Lockers Effective Dates Price  Available
Month 1 month coinciding with membership $10 New lockers must be purchased in-person.
Locker renewals may be done online or in-person.
Year 12 months coinciding with membership $89


All students currently enrolled in classes at Iowa State University, who are assessed the current Activity, Services, Building & Recreation Fee (most cases), are issued a membership to Recreation Services automatically and can access Recreation Services facilities and programs with their ISUCard during that academic semester.

NOTE: In some instances, an enrolled student is not automatically assessed the Activity Fee.  To gain access to Recreation Services Facilities and Programs, you will need to request this fee be assessed. To request to be assessed the Activity, Services, Building & Recreation Fee to your UBill, please go to this link:

Non Enrolled Student:  A student must have been enrolled and completed the previous academic session at ISU. New transfer and incoming students must be enrolled in the upcoming semester at ISU. This classification  grants  affiliation with the University and the ability to purchase a monthly membership and locker for the months when they are not officially enrolled.  It is not available for consecutive academic semesters.


All non-students who are 18 years of age or older and have a current, valid ISUCard are eligible to purchase a membership.
The following are included in the Non-Student category:

  • Employees (Faculty, Staff, Post Doc, Visiting Prof, Retiree)
  • Student & Employee Spouses and Dependents
  • Retired EmployeeSpouses
  • Alumni Association Members with a current, valid Alumni Association ISUCard. (Instructions)
  • Approved Affiliate Employees
  • Affiliate Spouses (not eligible to be issued an ISUCard however, they are eligible to purchase a membership and have a paper pass.  Please contact Recreation Services for information regarding this process.  1180 State Gym, 294-4980).

Sponsored Guests

All current members may sponsor up to four adult guest(s) per day for an $8 guest pass. Guests must have a valid ID at time of purchase. The sponsor must stay in the facility with their guest during the visit.
All sponsored guests must be 18 years of age or older unless visiting during Family Hours.

ISU campus guests attending an ISU-sponsored conference may purchase a one-day pass by presenting a valid photo ID and proof of conference attendance.

Family Hours

Those with a current membership, and are 18 years or older, have the ability to sponsor four dependent (under the age of 18) guests during Family Hours. Cost is $1 per dependent guest per visit. Additional dependent guests are able to be sponsored if there are additional adult members present or a member is also sponsoring in adult guests. Cost for adult guests is our regular $8 daily guest rate. The ratio of adults to dependent guests are 1:4. A Parental Permission Agreement Form must be filled out and signed off on for each individual dependent participant and must be filled out by that individual’s parent or legal guardian.

Hours and Locations

Family Hours at State Gym, Beyer Hall, and Lied Recreation Center are Saturday and Sunday from 12:00pm to 5:00pm. These hours may vary during holiday and break periods. Please check department website to confirm hours, availability, and closings.


Recreation Services passes and program registrations are paid in full at the time of purchase.

A refund or cancellation will be granted only on the following basis:

  • Injury/Illness
  • Exit from the University or relocation that prohibits active participation for the remaining period of membership
  • Program cancellation due to lack of enrollment

Same Day Refunds

A same day refund can be made if a patron changes their mind about a purchase or a pass on the day that it was purchased.  Refunds must be made using the same payment method as the original purchase.

Non-Same Day Refunds

Refunds or transactions that do not occur on the day that a refund is requested may be done by filling a Refund Request form that may be filled out at the facility Service Desk.

All refunds require the approval of the ISU Recreation Services Business Office.  Refunds may take several weeks to process.