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.
CUMC students are not charged for using BAC. However, fitness classes and other Bard Athletic Center services do entail fees.
If you are a CUMC student and want to use the athletic center, visit the Office of Housing Services, Bard Athletic Center, or one of the student orientation expos. You'll receive a BAC sticker to affix to your CUMC 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 CUMC students can purchase BAC memberships at affordable rates. Bring proof of couple status: a marriage license, New York City Affidavit of Domestic Partnership, or Columbia University Designation of Partner.
Employees eligible for BAC access:
- CUMC faculty, officers, or staff
- Post-doctoral research fellows
- CUMC Alumni
- NewYork-Presbyterian employees
- New York State Psychiatric Institute employees
- Audubon Biomedical Science and Technology Park employees
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 $550, his or her spouse will also be charged $550.
All memberships include daily towel service.
|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: CUMC staff holding postdoctoral/residency or clinical fellow title. Verification required.||Eligibility: CUMC staff holding postdoctoral research fellow title. Verification required.||Proof of couple status is required. See above for more information.|
|Membership from Aug. 1 through June 30||$550||$425||$425||$375||$150|
|Prorated on Jan. 2||$300||$220||$220||$200||$80|
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.
|Annual Registration Fee||$70|
|Per Trip Fee||$10|
|8-Trip Ticket Book||$70|
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.
|Guest Ticket||$15 per ticket|
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.
(largest to smallest)
|Full Year||Half Year|
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, 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.
BAC members are allowed the use of a towel on a per-trip basis.
|Rental Type||Full Year|
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 member name and BAC number.
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.
BAC is pleased to offer swimming lessons taught by our head lifeguard.
Before you purchase swim lesson passes, inquire about availability and scheduling with the athletic coordinator. You'll then meet with the head lifeguard to evaluate your swim level. Call 212-304-7010 or visit BAC in person to get started.
Bathing suits are required, and we recommend that you bring a swim cap, goggles, and a towel.
Private Lessons (45 minutes/class)
- $40 per lesson
- $35 per lesson if you purchase four or more
Group Classes (three or more swimmers)
- $30 per participant
Book your lessons for Mondays through Thursdays during these time slots:
- 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
- 3–5 p.m.