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Recreational Programs and Facilities


Campus Recreational Programs

Student Recreation Center, second floor

The Department of Campus Recreation offers an incredible array of indoor and outdoor recreational opportunities for the university community. Some programs charge a nominal fee for participation. Operation hours and additional information on all program areas are available on the website, local cable TV, printed materials located in campus recreational facilities and from program staff.
Informal Recreation
Informal Recreation provides the university community with the opportunity to independently participate in recreation and fitness activities promoting healthy lifestyles.
Intramural Sports
Intramural sports are a campus tradition, offering competitive activities through tournaments, leagues and special events. Students compete in a wide variety of sports such as basketball, flag football, indoor and outdoor soccer, softball, racquetball and dodge ball. Leagues are available for women, co-rec and men, with beginner and advanced skill-level divisions.
Fitness and Wellness
This program, housed in the SRC, provides participants with an environment that promotes a healthy lifestyle and in which they are able to engage in safe, exciting and stress-reducing activities. Group exercise classes are offered seven days a week and include Ashtanga yoga, ballet fit, cardio water, Zumba, and cycle and abs. More than 100 cardiovascular machines, including elliptical machines, upright and recumbent bikes, stair-steppers and treadmills, are located on the deck above the weight room. Individual TV screens are included with the machines.
Personal training and nutritional counseling are available by appointment. Exciting special programming such as Spring Break Shape Up and Boot Camp classes are also available.
Outdoor Recreation
This program offers outdoor enthusiasts a variety of opportunities from planned trips, ropes courses, skills clinics, regional resource information, and access to Sewell Park, University Camp and the 50-foot-high RockWall located in the SRC.
The program is housed in the Outdoor Center, located in Sewell Park, and rents camping equipment, snorkeling gear, canoes, kayaks and other outdoor gear to students at a minimal fee. Student groups also may develop team-building and communication skills through specialized activities by the Group Oriented Achievement and Learning (GOAL) Program. All outdoor program and University Camp reservations may be made through the Outdoor Center at 512.245.2004.
Sport Clubs
This program gives students an oppor-tunity to compete in sports that are not part of the intercollegiate athletic program. Each sport club is registered as a student organization and is operated by students who compete against other colleges and universities throughout the state and the nation. Many of the sport clubs enjoy state and national recognition. Students interested in joining an existing club or developing one can contact the Department of Campus Recreation.
Club sports include:
  • Baseball 
  • Bass fishing
  • Cycling 
  • Equestrian 
  • Fencing 
  • Gymnastics 
  • Lacrosse (men and women) 
  • Paintball 
  • Rodeo 
  • Rugby (men and women)
  • Soccer (men and women) 
  • Swim 
  • Tennis 
  • Triathlon 
  • Ultimate Disc (men and women)
  • Volleyball (men and women) 
  • Water polo (men and women) 
  • Water ski 
  • Wrestling


Student Recreation Center

Sessoms Drive & Academy Street

The Student Recreation Center (SRC), a 196,000-square-foot recreational and fitness facility, was designed specifically for students. The SRC provides high-quality, user-friendly recreational facilities and equipment for their health and well-being as part of the overall collegiate experience.
The SRC boasts numerous opportunities for recreation and fitness, including:
  • Eight basketball/volleyball courts 
  • Two indoor soccer courts with rounded walls that can also be used for badminton
  • Cardio area with 108 cardiovascular machines that overlooks the weight room and includes elliptical machines, upright and recumbent bikes, stair-steppers and treadmills
  • Weight/fitness room of 18,000 square feet. with free weights, stack machines, stretching areas and Hammer Strength machines in a wide variety of arrangements
  • Six racquetball courts
  • Indoor jogging track: 1/8 mile, three-lane track
  • Aquatics with two pools to provide participants with a variety of aquatic opportunities including a leisure pool and a lap pool
  • Shower and locker rooms, where participants can rent lockers and towel service
  • Golf simulator, where students can play some of the most famous courses in the world, including Pebble Beach and St. Andrews, and practice shots on the virtual driving range or putts on the indoor putting green
  • Cyber Café, featuring a big-screen TV lounge, healthy-food snack bar, and access to printers and computers

Current student ID is required for entrance. Parking is available in the West Campus commuter lot.

Aqua Sports Center


This eight-lane, 25-yard pool is available for lap swimming at various times throughout the day. Locker room and shower facilities are provided for patron convenience. Student ID is required for access.


Outdoor Fields


Students use the various on-campus field spaces for programmed activities and drop-in use. The West Campus Fields, located behind the SRC, are shared with Texas State Athletics, but the lighted, crushed granite track is open at all times for students. Other field spaces, such as the Bobcat Village Fields, are primarily used by the Intramural Sports and Sport Clubs programs.


Sewell Park

University Drive & San Marcos River
Outdoor Center | 512.245.2004

Sewell Park is the university’s six-acre riverside park along the banks of the San Marcos River near its headwaters in Spring Lake. The park is open to students, faculty and staff for sand volleyball, outdoor basketball, swimming, snorkeling, paddling, picnics or just catching some rays on the grassy banks of the river.


University Camp


The 126-acre University Camp, located near Wimberley on the Blanco River, features six campsites, day-use areas, two lodges, hiking and biking trails, grills, picnic areas and a challenge ropes course (reserved through the GOAL Program). The Blanco River is a beautiful spot for swimming, wading, canoeing, fishing and sunbathing. For more information and reservations, contact the Outdoor Center in Sewell Park.



Located in the Student Recreation Center

The Student Recreation Center’s Natatorium features two pools; one is a lap lane pool, and the second is a leisure pool. The lap lane pool features six lanes 25 yards in length, and a depth ranging from four feet to nine feet. The leisure pool features warmer water, benches for lounging and areas for playing water basketball and volleyball. An array of classes is offered including Adult and Infant CPR/AED classes, Water Safety Instructor Training and swim classes.