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Indoor & Outdoor Facilities 

UAlbany manages various recreational facilities on the Uptown Campus.

Does UAlbany have a pool? No, not at this time. 

Note: All indoor basketball courts are currently unavailable due to construction.  

Indoor Racquetball & Squash Courts

Access to Campus Recreation’s indoor facilities is limited: 

  • Undergraduate students, as well as faculty and staff members, must show their UAlbany IDs to access our indoor facilities. 

  • Graduate students must first purchase a Campus Recreation Membership and then show their UAlbany ID to access our indoor facilities. 

Our racquetball and squash courts are located inside the Physical Education Building (PE Building) on the Uptown Campus. 

The courts are available during the following Academic Year (fall and spring semesters) hours: 

  • Monday: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

  • Tuesday: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

  • Wednesday: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

  • Thursday: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

  • Friday: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

  • Saturday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

  • Sunday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Outdoor Courts & Fields

Anyone — including students, faculty, staff and Capital Region community members can access our outdoor courts and fields on the Uptown Campus.

  • Basketball Courts, located behind Dutch Quad 

  • Non-varsity Tennis Courts, located behind Dutch Quad 

  • Turf Soccer Field, located behind Dutch Quad 

  • Grass Practice Field, located behind Dutch Quad 

  • Sand Volleyball Court, located in front of Dutch Quad 

  • State Field, located in front of State Quad 

  • Softball Field, located next to Liberty Terrace

Community parking is available. Download a campus map.

Equipment Checkout 

Students, faculty and staff can borrow recreational equipment from the SEFCU Fitness Center, which is located on the lobby level of SEFCU Arena on the Uptown Campus. Download a campus map.

  • Undergraduate students, as well as faculty and staff members, are eligible to borrow equipment at any time. They must show a valid UAlbany ID. 

  • Graduate students must first purchase a Campus Recreation Membership and then show their UAlbany ID to borrow equipment. 

Groups seeking equipment should visit our Group Rentals & Reservations page.

Available Equipment

The following equipment is available for checkout during the Academic Year (fall and spring semesters): 

  • Basketballs 

  • Tennis rackets and balls 

  • Racquetball rackets and balls 

Equipment Borrowing Rules
  • Patrons may only check out one type of item at a time. (For example, one person can check out one basketball or one person can check out one tennis racket and one tennis ball.)

  • Equipment may only be used at Campus Recreation’s indoor and/or outdoor facilities.  

  • Equipment must be returned by the person who checked it out, on the day it was borrowed and at least 15 minutes before the SEFCU Fitness Center closes. View fitness center hours.

  • Campus Recreation will bill the borrower for any damaged or lost equipment. 

Walking, Running & Biking Paths 

UAlbany has various paths perfect for walking, running and biking, including one-mile loops, two-mile loops, a 5K route, the Purple Path and the Parker Pond Trails. Detailed maps will be posted online soon.

Students, faculty and staff, as well as Capital Region community members, are welcome to use our paths and trails year-round, weather permitting. Community parking is available. 

Free Bike-share: Current students, faculty and staff have free access to CDPHP Cycle! bikes, the local bike-share program. For instructions and campus hubs, visit the Parking & Mass Transit Services website

Safety & Rules

Paths are not regularly patrolled, so please be cautious and be aware of your surroundings. In case of injury or any other emergency, call 518-442-3131 or use the nearest Emergency Phone to contact the University Police Department. 

General Rules 
  • All paths are multi-use — meaning they are available to pedestrians, runners and bikers — and two-way. Keep right and use caution.  

  • Motorized vehicles (except for motorized wheelchairs and other accessibility devices) are prohibited. 

  • Trash must be placed in proper receptacles. No littering.

  • Avoid seasonal wet areas. 

  • Pets are allowed but animals must always be leashed. Leashes must not be longer than eight feet. 

  • Dog poop must be removed immediately and properly disposed of in a sanitary manner. 

  • Please be courteous to others. If you have a pet with you, please be aware of their behavior and their effect on others around you.