Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What should I do if my status and/or campus location changes?
  2. How do I determine membership fees?
  3. Can any NU affiliate member join the River East Club?
  4. Will my membership be canceled once I disassociate from NU, even if I have time left on my 12-month membership?
  5. How soon after I send in my application does my membership start?
  6. Can I start or cancel my membership mid-month?
  7. Can I fax my NU application and River East Club waiver and then mail my check?
  8. Can I pay by credit card or charge my student account?
  9. Do I have to send a copy of my marriage certificate if I am including my spouse in my membership?
  10. Is my same-sex partner eligible for membership?
  11. Can I suspend my fitness club membership for the summer?

1. What should I do if my status and/or campus location changes?

All Northwestern River East Club members must notify University Services of changes in employment status, student status, campus location and/or disassociation from the University. This includes departure from NU or McGaw, leaves of absence, changes in student status from full-time to part-time, graduation, and departure from the Chicago campus. Please contact Salem Marrougi at 847-467-0662.

2. How do I determine membership fees?

Annual membership fees are determined by an individual's status at the University:
  • Full-time students (must be enrolled in 3 or more classes per quarter): $192
  • Part-time students (must be enrolled in 1 to 2 classes per quarter), OLLI members, Residents (currently in residency at McGaw or preparing to become a Resident): $384
  • NU full-time and part-time employees (part-time staff must work at least 18.75 hours per week): $474

Please note: employees who are also students have a primary status of employee


3. Can any NU affiliate member join the River East Club?

Please see Eligibility and Membership Fees for information and details.


4. Will my membership be canceled once I disassociate from NU, even if I have time left on my 12-month membership?

Once you have disassociated from NU due to graduation or termination of employment, you are no longer eligible for membership with the River East Club through NU.


5. How soon after I send in my application does my membership start?

If your application is received prior to the 22nd of the month (or the last business day prior to the 22nd if that day falls on a weekend or holiday), your membership will begin the 1st of the month, pending verification and approval. When sending your application, please allow extra time for mail delivery.


6. Can I start or cancel my membership mid-month?

Membership is activated on the 1st of the month. Please see Cancellation Requirements for more information on the cancellation process.

7. Can I fax my NU application and River East Club waiver and then mail my check?

If you're paying by check or money order, you must submit your payment with your application and waiver. Eligible employees choosing payroll deductions may fax their applications.


8. Can I pay by credit card or charge my student account?

Payments can only be made by check, money order, or payroll deduction (eligible employees only).


9. Do I have to send a copy of my marriage certificate if I am including my spouse in my membership?

You must 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

All documents must be in English.

10. Is my same-sex partner eligible for membership?

Yes. A Declaration of Same-Sex Domestic Relationship form pdf icon (pdf) must be on file with Benefits in Human Resources.


11. Can I suspend my fitness club membership for the summer?

Membership is annual and cannot be suspended. If a member's primary campus location changes from Chicago to Evanston due to classes, they may suspend their membership until resuming classes on the Chicago campus.