What is it?

  • The purpose of this student fee referendum is to improve the level of student services, programs, and facilities offered by University Health Services (UHS) and the Department of Recreational Sports. The fee will pay for the construction of a new health and wellness center (up to 35,000ft2), and a satellite fitness center (for all students) at Memorial Stadium (up to 5,000ft2). The fee begins at $40/semester and is increased incrementally over the next 30 years.


  • UC Berkeley does not have enough fitness and wellness facilities to support the growing student population’s demand for activity space, programs, and services. As a result, the Recreational Sports Facility (RSF) weight rooms are overcrowded, students have to wait in long lines for cardio and exercise equipment, and group exercise classes are overenrolled.


  • UC Berkeley Students can help shape Cal’s future by voting on the Fitness and Wellness Fee Referendum.
  • The student led referendum will fund the building of a 35,000 square foot fitness and wellness center (FWC), tentatively located at the end of the UHS parking lot. The state of the art facility will include weight and cardio equipment, climbing wall, instructional kitchen, alternative therapy space, gender-neutral changing rooms, showers and restrooms.
  • The referendum will also fund a 5,000 square foot fitness center in Memorial Stadium that will include state of the art weight and cardio equipment for all students.

For students, by students:

  • The Fitness and Wellness Fee Referendum is designed, funded and managed by students.
  • A student led Fitness and Wellness Center Program Committee will provide oversight for the FWC while it is planned, designed, and constructed.
  • A student led Fitness and Wellness Fee Advisory Committee will be convened after the program committee has completed its work, and will have the responsibility to review information on the use of FWF revenues in accordance with campus and university guidelines and policies

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