Membership Information

Membership to the Barbara and David Gibbs Recreation Center is available for purchase to faculty, staff, retirees, and graduate students of Rice University as well as to their spouse/domestic partner. Summer memberships are also available for additional fees to graduate and undergraduate students. Membership to the Recreation Center for undergraduate students is included with their semester payments to the University.

Completed applications for membership will be accepted between 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (Monday through Friday) in the Recreation Center office on the second floor. Checks should be made payable to Rice University. Applications received after 4:30 p.m. will be processed the next business day. Call 713-348-4058 for further information.

Membership Rates

  Fall 2017           Spring 2018           Summer 2018  Annual
  August 14, 2017 to December 23, 2017   January 2, 2018 to May 13, 2018 May 14, 2018 to August 12, 2018    August 14, 2017 to August 12, 2018

Undergraduate Student*  

$50.50 $50.50 $33.00  

Graduate Students 

$50.50 $50.50 $33.00 $134.00

Graduate Students
+ Spouse/Domestic Partner 

$101 $101 $66.00 $268.00


Payroll Deduction Payroll Deduction Payroll Deduction $322.00


N/A N/A N/A $322.00

+ Immediate Family Member

Payroll Deduction Payroll Deduction Payroll Deduction $644.00

+ Immediate Family Member

N/A N/A N/A $644.00

Faculty/Staff + Family (3+)**

Payroll Deduction Payroll Deduction Payroll Deduction $804.00

Retiree + Family (3+)**

N/A N/A N/A $804.00

Alumni/Community Individual***

N/A N/A N/A $604.00


*Fall/Spring paid with mandatory fee

**Family is defined as a spouse/domestic partner and children (who are full-time students, unmarried, living at home and are 18 years of age or less) of the individual who purchases the initial membership.

*** There is currently a wait-list for Alumni/Community Individual memberships. Please call the Administration Office at
713-348-4058 to be entered on the wait-list.

icon_pdf  Download Membership Application

  If signing up for payroll deduction through Esther, no membership application is needed.

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icon_pdf  Download Payroll Deduction Cancellation Form  

Cancellation forms may be submitted through email, als5@ or campus mail, MS-523.


Graduate Students

Graduate Students can now purchase Gibbs Recreation Center Memberships through the Recreation Center Marketplace.

Acceptable methods of payment are Visa, Master Card and eCheck. ***To obtain a spouse/domestic partner membership you must first obtain a Rice ID card for your spouse/domestic partner at the Rice campus police. You may not purchase a single membership for your spouse/domestic partner. A graduate student must purchase a membership for themselves and then add a spouse/domestic partner membership to their cart.


Faculty and Staff may sign up for payroll deduction through Esther.

Summer Membership

Summer Membership for Graduate and Undergraduate students can be purchased here.

Other Information

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, i.e. for Orientation, Varsity Swimming Competitions, the Summer Youth Activity Program, etc. A complete schedule of operating hours, including reduced hours during holidays and academic recesses, is available online or at the Operations Desk. Check class and activity postings in the main lobby and throughout the building to avoid any conflicts and inconveniences.

All members MUST PRESENT either their Rice University or Recreation Center Member ID Card when using any of the Recreation Center's indoor and/or outdoor facilities. Use of the playing fields must be scheduled in advance and the applicable rental fee paid. It is necessary to have the 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 picked up and all privileges revoked.

All guests and their sponsors MUST SIGN IN at the Operations Desk.

In order to view the center's amenities, click here.