Purchase memberships and other Bard Athletic Center services at the Office of Housing Services on the first floor of Bard Hall, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.


CUIMC students are welcome to use BAC at no cost. However, fitness classes and other Bard Athletic Center services do entail fees.

Visit the Office of Housing Services, Bard Athletic Center, or one of the student orientation expos to receive a BAC sticker to affix to your CUIMC ID, which you'll need to access the athletic center. At the very beginning of the academic year, you are likely to receive a temporary sticker; you'll be able to replace this with a permanent sticker provided by BAC or the Office of Housing Services as the academic year progresses.

Spouses and partners of current CUIMC students can purchase BAC memberships at affordable rates. Bring proof of couple status: a marriage license, New York City Affidavit of Domestic Partnership, or a notarized copy of the Columbia University Designation of Partner (.pdf) with one of the following forms of proof:

  • A joint mortgage or lease
  • A designation of domestic partner as primary beneficiary for life insurance or retirement benefits
  • A designation of domestic partner as primary beneficiary in your will
  • Assignment of durable property or health care power of attorney to domestic partner
  • Document showing ownership of a joint bank account or joint credit card account.


If you are an eligible CUIMC employee, you can gain access to BAC and equipment by purchasing either trip tickets or membership packages.

Employees eligible for BAC access:

  • CUIMC faculty, officers, or staff
  • Post-doctoral research fellows
  • CUIMC Alumni
  • NewYork-Presbyterian employees
  • New York State Psychiatric Institute employees
  • Audubon Biomedical Science and Technology Park employees

Membership Packages

All memberships end on June 30. Sign-ups for new memberships start on August 1.

In July, some areas of BAC are closed for maintenance and annual repairs, but you are welcome to use the parts of the fitness center that remain open and accessible.

For all non-student membership packages, the cost is the same charge for both the member and spouse. For example, if a non-student's full membership package costs $625.00, his or her spouse will also be charged $625.00.

All memberships include daily towel service.


New memberships sales start on August 1, 2019. All lockers are to cleared no later than July 3, 2019. The BAC Locker rooms, bathrooms and Pool will be closed and inaccessible starting July 8 with a tentative reopening date of July 23, 2019.   Please plan accordingly. Half Year memberships sales start January 6, 2020 and run through June 30, 2020. 

The Bard Athletic Center is not OPEN to the public.

  Full Package Off-Peak Package Resident Package Fellow Package Student Spouse Package
  Includes small locker (may be upgraded to a bigger locker for additional fee) Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. (workouts must be completed by 3 p.m.) Eligibility: CUIMC staff holding postdoctoral/residency or clinical fellow title. Verification required. Eligibility: CUIMC staff holding postdoctoral research fellow title. Verification required. Proof of couple status is required. See above for more information.
Membership from January 6, 2020 through June 30, 2020 $325.00 $275.00 $275.00 $240.00 $115.00
Half Year Prices - Membership ends June 30, 2020 $325.00 $275.00 $275.00 $240.00 $115.00

Trip Tickets

You can pay to use BAC on a per visit basis by purchasing a trip ticket from the Office of Housing Services. We provide a day locker and towel, but don't provide locks. Fees for exercise programs and other services are additional.

Type Cost
Annual Registration Fee $70
Per Trip Fee $10
8-Trip Ticket Book $70

Guest Tickets

If you are a BAC member, you can bring up to two guests per visit. You must register visitors with the Office of Housing Services. We provide day lockers and towels.

Type Cost
Guest Ticket $15 per ticket

Locker Rental

Lockers are rented on a first-come, first-served basis. Rentals run from the date of purchase to June 30, at which point all personal items must be removed. Lockers can be rented at full-year or half-year prices only. Prorated options are not available.

Locker Sizes
(largest to smallest)
Full Year Half Year
Single Tier $150 $80
Double Tier $100 $60
Triple Tier $80 $40

Always secure your items in your locker. Bathing suits and towels must not be locked to the outside of lockers. BAC is not responsible for lost or stolen property.

Day Lockers

Day lockers, though limited in quantity, are available at no charge. You should use your own lock and remove it at the end of daily use. Locks left on overnight will be cut off.

Towel Rental

BAC members are allowed the use of a towel on a per-trip basis.

Prorated to $50 on April 1, 2020.

Rental Type Full Year
Annual $100
Daily $2

Additional Services

Squash Court

Reservations can be made for time slots after 4:30 p.m. every day except Saturdays. Make reservations at least one day in advance by calling 212-304-7010 or in person at BAC. You'll need to provide your name, BAC number and your opponent's name.

Cardio Equipment: Treadmills, Ellipticals, and Advanced Motion Trainers

Cardio equipment is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Be considerate of other guests when using the cardio equipment.