Western Student Recreation Centre

The Western Student Recreation Centre (WSRC) is a state-of-the-art facility, which opened in January 2009 and is home to Campus Recreation. The Western Student Recreation Centre is a prominent element of the University's goal to deliver the best student experience!

We are delighted to welcome you to this outstanding facility, and as always, our dedicated team of professional and student staff are here to serve and support you. Enjoy the facility, and please help make it a great experience for all by abiding by our policies and procedures, in place for your safety and enjoyment.

Our staff are happy to provide tours to interested individuals or groups. Just stop by Membership Services and ask!
The WSRC has an 8-lane, 50-metre pool facility located as a central feature. Two bulkheads allow for maximum versatility and programming of the concrete pool with ceramic tile line. It is a chlorine gas, sediment base filter pool. Overlooking the pool is a 3-tiered concrete viewing area. A 1-metre diving board is available in the facility.

The pool has an accessibility lift, barrier-free locker room entrance and exit for the women’s and men's locker rooms, and additionally, the pool gallery includes seating space for wheelchair users. 
There is over 19,000 square feet of weight, cardio, and stretching space within the WSRC. Closest to the main entrance of the WSRC is the two-level weight and cardio space with well over 200 pieces of weight and cardio fitness equipment.

Six gymnasia are situated in the eastern-most location in the WSRC. There are three gyms on the first floor and three gym on the upper level (4th floor). The three lower level gyms are an engineered sprung hardwood floor, 30 metres x 57 metres (30m x 19m each) or 18,400 sq. ft., while the three upper gyms are a poured athletic resilient floor for a greater multi-purpose use.

There are lounge spaces through the main open expanse of the WSRC, as well as on the second lower level outside the squash court area, and the lower level outside the triple hardwood gymnasium space. The building has wireless internet access and drop-in table tennis tables on the 1st floor lounge area.


Men’s & Women’s Locker Rooms:
Our spacious men’s and women’s accessible locker rooms are located on the 2nd floor within the WSRC. Each locker room is equipped with benches, rental and day-use lockers, toilet stalls, sinks, and shower stalls.

For the comfort of all patrons, children four (4) years of age and older should use the gender-appropriate locker room or our family change room. (Note: A limited number of day-use lockers are also available in other areas within the WSRC.)

Family & Community Change Room:
Western is committed to providing an environment that is safe and inclusive, and welcoming space for all of our members. Our Family & Community change room is a comfortable space that offers a few private and enclosed changing stalls, showers, and toilets for those seeking use of these amenities.

This is both a family and gender neutral space available to anyone, no matter their gender identity or biological sex. We ask for the comfort of all of our members that changing and showering be limited to the enclosed change stalls or shower stalls to change. Do not change in the open locker area.

  • The use of cell phones with photographic capabilities or any other photographic equipment is strictly prohibited in our family & community change room
  • Lock up your belongings in a locker and refrain from bringing valuables into the change room
  • Locks left on lockers overnight will be removed
  • To prevent injuries from broken glass, glass containers are prohibited in the family change room
  • Scented products such as perfume, cologne, and deodorant may trigger allergic reactions for some members and guests. Please be scent-sensitive and use scent-free products while using our facility.
There are three instructional meeting/training room spaces in the WSRC for Campus Recreation programming; the “wet" classroom for aquatic leadership programming and swimming instruction; and the second and third floor rooms with a capacity for approximately 20 people in each.
Membership Services is the customer service and communication centre for Sports & Recreation Services and all activities within the Western Student Recreation Centre.

Our Membership Services Sales area is located at the main entrance to the WSRC and is our registration centre for all instructional courses and clinics, memberships, locker and towel services, advance varsity ticket sales, and information regarding programs and facilities.

Our Equipment Desk is located on the 2nd level of the WSRC. Need equipment for your activity of choice – we have it all! Present your membership card each time you wish to borrow/rent and return equipment or towels. Click here for a list of what is available at our Equipment Desk.
There are two large sprung hardwood floor studio spaces. The larger studio, 3,624 square feet, has an electric dividing partition to allow conversion to two studio spaces. The other studio space, 2,000 square feet, is behind the larger studio. Both feature adjustable dance barres, mirrors, millwork benches, and cubbies. 
There are five (5) international squash courts equipped with wood floors with composite material walls and lining. The courts are international dimensions, with one court allowing in natural light with a glass sidewalls. All courts may be viewed from above as well as from the floor level. Squash courts can be booked here.
A private area for massage therapy, nutrition, and sport psychology sessions with three rooms equipped with massage tables and hand sinks, as well as a small general reception space.
Western’s Hospitality Services operates a Booster Juice as you enter the shared front entrance of the Thompson Recreation & Athletic Centre and the Western Student Recreation Centre. The café has seating for approximately 50 people. Hospitality Services also operate several vending machines located throughout the WSRC for our members’ convenience.

Building Name:
Western Student Recreation Centre

Diamond and Schmitt Architects Incorporated, Toronto, ON
Randy Wilson Architect Incorporated, London, ON

Project Groundbreaking:
November 2006

Project Opening:
January 2009 (Phase I):
February 2009 (Phase II – Aquatic Facility)

Project Size:
Approximately 160,000 square feet (gsf)

Project Cost:
$35 million

Eligibility of Access:
Current fees-paid Western students; members

Students voted through referendum in February 2006 in favour of an annual fee of $60 per year, increased by 3% annually, over 30 years to contribute $23.4 million towards the capital and operating costs of the new centre. The remaining $11.6 million is funded by the University. The contribution represents one of the largest student gifts of its kind in Canada.
  • There are over 250,000 feet of electrical wiring, 1,300 light fixtures, and 1,500 electrical devices
  • The mechanical features include over 25,000 feet of piping and over 8,000 feet of duct work
  • 525,000 gallons of water fill the 8-lane, 50-metre pool.