Applying for Membership

Eligible community members should complete the following steps to apply for membership in the Chicago fitness program. Find out if you are eligible.

  1. Complete the Northwestern Fitness/Recreation Benefits Application
  2. Complete the River East Club Membership Application
  3. Include marriage, civil union or domestic partnership documentation, if applicable
  4. Send applications and payment to University Services
  5. The application is processed

1. Complete the Northwestern Fitness/Recreation Benefits Application

Download and complete the Northwestern Fitness/Recreation Benefits Application pdf icon (pdf). (Spouses/partners do not need to complete a second form).

2. Complete the River East Club Membership Application

Download and complete the River East Club Membership Application pdf icon (pdf). (Spouses/partners must complete a River East Club application).

3. Include marriage, civil union, or domestic partnership documentation, if applicable

  • Spouses/Partners: include a copy of one of the following documents when you fax or mail in your application:
    • Marriage certificate (If necessary, we may request a notarized translation of your marriage certificate. These are available at your country's consulate or international travel bureaus.)
    • Spouse visa
    • J-1
    • J-2
  • Domestic partners: include a copy of the Declaration of Same-Gender Domestic Partner Relationship Form pdf icon (pdf) or Civil Union Certificate when you fax or mail in your application

4. Send applications and payment to University Services

Payment options vary by applicant type:

  • All eligible applicants can pay by check or money order
  • Employees can also pay by payroll deduction

Make check or money order payable to Northwestern University
Send payment and application to:
Northwestern University
University Services - Fitness Club Manager
1801 Maple Avenue, Suite 2300
Evanston, Illinois 60201

(For quicker processing, drop off your application at the University Services' drop-off mail slot in the Abbott Hall foyer by the Huron Street entrance.)

Payroll Deduction:

  • Note that you would like to pay via payroll deduction on the Northwestern Fitness/Recreation Benefits Application
  • Fax both applications to the Fitness Club Manager at 847-491-3849

5. The application is processed

University Services must receive applications, renewals, and payment by the 22nd of the month (or the last business day prior to the 22nd if that day falls on a weekend or holiday) in order to start membership the following month. When sending in your application, please allow extra time for mail delivery.