Recreation Services at Temple University Ambler

Red Barn Gym

Hours of Operation During Spring Break
Monday, March 6: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, March 7: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, March 8, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, March 9: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, March 10: 11 to 5 p.m.
Saturday, March 11: Closed
Sunday, March 12: Closed

Regular Semester Hours
Monday through Thursday: 11 to 7 p.m.
Friday: 11 to 6 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Facility hours for the fitness room may be subject to change to due scheduled classes, activities or events. Please check the door leading into these facilities.

Recreational and Intramural Activities

Temple University Ambler offers a variety of recreational and intramural activities for its students.

These activities are specifically designed for the Ambler Campus and include: intramural leagues, informal recreation and weekly activities held throughout the year. The Red Barn Gym houses many of the indoor recreational facilities, including the gymnasium, fitness room and locker areas.

In addition to these facilities, Ambler has three outdoor tennis courts, four outdoor basketball courts, a sand volleyball court, outdoor swimming pool and a multipurpose grass playing field. Ambler students are also welcome to participate in any Main Campus recreational activities.

Recreation Events

Recreation services and the Office of Student Life invite students to participate in health and wellness programs and intramural sports offered in the Red Barn Gym. Learn more about upcoming one-day, weekly and ongoing programs and a variety of campus contests.


Access to the facilities and programs offered by Ambler Recreations Services may be acquired by paying the Campus Rec access fee. Fees were established by the Student Recreation Board to support our student recreational facilities throughout the University. The Rec access fee is determined by the person’s status as a student, employee or alumnus of Temple University.


All matriculated Temple University students enrolled are automatically assessed a portion of the Campus Rec access fee in their tuition bill as a part of the University Services Fee. Enrolled students who have paid the Campus Rec access fee are assigned swipe access through their Temple OWLcard. For additional information, please contact the Campus Recreation main office at 215-204-1267.


Payroll Deduction

Full-time regular employees have the option to have the Campus Rec access fee deducted from their paychecks. A total deduction of $10 will be withdrawn from the employee’s paycheck each month.  

Employees desiring in paying their Campus Recreation access through payroll deduction will be able to enroll via the Staff Tools tab on TUportal by selecting the Campus Recreation Payroll Deduction Membership option located within the University Forms section. Swipe access will typically be granted within 48 hours of enrollment; however, users may present their enrollment form at a Campus Recreation facility for immediate access. Cancellation must be requested in person at either the Campus Recreation main office or the Student Faculty Center at HSC. For more information about payroll deduction, please contact Campus Recreation at 215-204-1267.

Patron Access

Employees who are either ineligible for payroll deduction or do not wish to pay via payroll deduction may pay the Campus Rec access fee per term at the Campus Recreation main office, 1800 N. Broad St. Suite 303, Pearson and McGonigle Halls, with a valid OWLcard. 

Term fees for employees are as follows.

  • Fall or spring: $55
  • Summer I and Summer II: $30
  • Annual: $120

Within 48 hours of completing the patron application, swipe activation will be granted to the facilities. However, users may present their Campus Rec access receipt at the recreational facility for immediate access.

Alumni Recreation Access

Alumni are defined as any graduate of Temple University.

In order to purchase a Campus Rec alumni membership, alumni must visit the Campus Recreation main office in Pearson and McGonigle Halls, Suite 303, and present a Temple University Alumni Association Card and valid picture ID to verify alumni status.  

NOTETemple University Alumni Association cards can be obtained from the Office of Alumni Relations in Sullivan Hall, Suite 100.  

Alumni Rates 

Recent alumni (graduation years 1997–present)

  • Fall $100
  • Annual $220
  • Spring $100
  • Summer $35

Regular alumni (graduation years 1996 and older)

  • Fall $150
  • Annual $335
  • Spring $150
  • Summer $50

Alumni membership dates

  • Annual 2022-2023 - Expires August 4, 2023
  • ​Spring 2023​ - Begins January 15, 2023/Expires May 14, 2023
  • ​Summer 2023​ - Begins May 15, 2023/Expires August 4, 2023​

** Campus Recreation accepts cash, checks and credit card for alumni membership payment. Checks must be made payable to Temple University. Checks returned for insufficient funds will be assessed an additional $25 fee.

Please Note: Alumni are permitted access to facilities for self-directed informal rec participation. Structured activities and programs (i.e., intramurals, group fitness, sport clubs, workout buddy, etc.) as well as guest pass privileges, are NOT available for alumni.

Campus Recreation facility schedules change based on the student academic calendar.  There may be abbreviated schedules during breaks and summer sessions.

Guest Access

Campus Recreation will continue along with our decision to not permit guest access to our facilities at this time. For questions please email us at

Employment Opportunities

There are many employment opportunities with Ambler Recreations Services. Students are employed in the Red Barn Gym and at the pool. Interested candidates need to contact Steve Sassaman at 267-468-8107 or