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The University Y Student Center, operating as a full-service YMCA branch, offers a variety of fitness and recreation services to students, as well as the greater university and Tacoma community. From an NCAA regulation basketball court, to a climbing wall, to daily fitness classes, the University Y is a hub of student life on the UW Tacoma campus. Access to the fitness equipment and services in the University Y requires an active membership to the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties.



If you enjoy and are motivated from being around people and group exercising, such as yoga, pilates, MIXXEDFIT® and Zumba®, or intramural sports such as volleyball and basketball, then check out the schedules for more information and times. Intramural sports may require registration.


Throughout the building on every floor, the University Y has various cardio and weights equipment available for use. New to using workout equipment? The University Y offers FitPath, which is a FREE one-on-one appointment where you meet with a staff member to discuss your goals and create a custom workout plan. Try it today!


Whether you're a rock climbing enthusiast or new to the hobby, the University Y indoor climbing won't be something that you want to miss trying. The wall includes various routes and difficulties and a trained YMCA staff is available when the wall is open for use. Climbing wall hours of operation may vary.


For those with kids, there is no need to worry about what to do with the kids while you workout. The University Y offers Child Watch, a service where children between six weeks to six years of age can be dropped off in the building and attended to while you use the facility. Learn more about the hours and rates for the University Y Child Watch.

What's in the UWY?
  • Cardio Equipment
  • Childwatch
  • FitPath
  • Group Fitness
  • Indoor Climbing Wall
  • Indoor Track
  • Intramurals
  • Multipurpose Rooms
  • NCAA Regulation Court
  • Personal Training
  • Weights