Please help us maintain a safe and secure environment by reviewing these facility policies.
Northeastern University reserves the right to put into effect any new guidelines that protect the health, safety and integrity of the participants using the facility. The University Recreation Office adheres to the guidelines, policies and procedures as outlined in the Undergraduate and Graduate Student Handbook and the University Policies.
If you have a University Recreation policy related question or a situation specific to your needs that requires further inquiry please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and the appropriate team member will contact you.
Northeastern students and faculty/staff/alumni must always use a current, valid, and active Husky Card that is required to be handed to the recreation staff member upon arrival to our facilities or programs.
- Students: Access is managed by student acounts
- Members: Faculty, Staff, Alumni, and all other paid memberships categories
- Community access . Massachusetts driver’s license or Mass ID is required, more information
Members and guests must be at least 18 years of age to gain access to the facility
Members and guests are prohibited from:
- Attempting to gain access into any recreational facility with an ID other than their own
- Allowing another person to use their ID to gain access into Recreational facilities
- Attempting to enter the facility through other points of access not designated as a main entry
- Beverages must be in a non-glass container with a closable/sealable lid. Additionally, only water is allowed above the first floor of the SquashBusters Center
- Hanging on basketball rims or dunking is not permitted
- Hockey pucks are not permitted in the courts. Only roller hockey pucks, made of lighter weight plastic and have glide pegs or rollers that protrude on the surface or floor hockey balls may be used on the sport court
- During Open Rec, the sport designated on the Open Rec schedule has the entirety of the court; University Recreation staff reserves the right to stop all activity other than the designated sport or multiple sports happening on one court
- Any equipment or activity that is not the intended use of the space must first be approved by University Recreation professional staff.
The squash courts are unfinished wood and designed to international squash standards. They are very expensive to maintain so extreme vigilance with shoe compliance will be strictly enforced by University Recreation staff.
- Non-marking sneakers or gum soled squash shoes must be worn at all times. Non-marking sneakers will usually be stamped
non-marking and will not have a black-carbon rubber area anywhere on the outsole. The non-marking sneakers must be free of any debris (dirt, stones, carbon infill pellets, etc.) and not be worn from the outside into SquashBusters.
- Visible carbon infill must be removed from attire or belongings before entering SquashBusters. Cross-contamination of this material into
SquashBusters and onto the squash courts must be prevented.
- Protective eyewear is strongly recommended.
- Court reservations must be in accordance with existing policies and procedures. Please call the Equipment Desk at 617-373-7604 for reservation information and to learn more about reserving courts through the Atleto app.
- Use of squash courts for any activity other than squash is strictly prohibited
Studios A & B
Open studio hours are classified as any hour of which a studio space is not occupied by any University Recreation Programming or reserved by another approved group. Individual use of the studios is available when Group Fitness classes or other requested group reservations are not taking place. The sound system and locked equipment is only available during group fitness classes in which a Group Fitness Instructor is present, however a portable speaker system is available for use for other scheduled group reservations.
In order to ensure the safety of all participants, the longevity of the studio space, and maintenance of the equipment, all persons must abide by the following policies.
- Wedges, high heels, and any shoe with metal spikes/clips (exception cycle shoes) are not permitted in the studios as this footwear may cause permanent damage to the floors
- All users must comply with the facility shoe policy for use of this space
- No props or personal equipment that may damage the mirrors, floors, or walls may be utilized in the studios or attached to any anchor point
- The boxing stands in Studio B should not be moved from the storage alcove unless for a designated program (group fitness, instructional)
- Improper movement can cause permanent damage to the floors
- No weight equipment may be brought from the fitness floor into the studio. This includes but is not limited to: dumbbells, kettlebells, and barbells
- Sports are not permitted to be played in the studios. This includes but is not limited to: badminton, soccer, football, hockey, tennis
- The heavy bags cannot be utilized during a group fitness class, unless it is part of the class
- All equipment utilized must be cleaned with a sanitary wipe before and after use and should be placed back carefully and neatly to ensure the safety of the next user
- Handstands or headstands against the mirrors are not permitted in order to minimize damage to the mirrors
- Please refrain from placing the bottom of one’s shoe directly onto the Barres. Shoes may be removed inside the studios if you wish to stretch and utilize the Barres
- Consider other participants within the studio and acknowledge their personal space
- Participants are allowed to be barefoot in the studios at their own risk. Close toed shoes are required to be worn during all group fitness classes except for yoga, Barre, or Pilates
Only available for group fitness classes or requested group access through our facility reservation requests
The Multi-Purpose Room, as the name implies, houses a variety of activities that support general recreation, clubs, student activities
- Open studio hours are classified as any hour of which a studio space is not occupied by any University Recreation Programming or reserved by another approved group. When an activity or class is in session, there will be a “class in session” sign outside of the room informing patrons not to disturb the group inside
- In accordance with our personal equipment policy, bags and backpacks should never be brought above the third floor. All bags and backpacks should be locked up in the locker rooms on the third floor
- Wedges, high heels, and any shoe with metal taps/clips are not permitted in the studios as this footwear may cause permanent damage to the floors. All users must comply with the facility shoe policy for use of this space
- Mats should fully wiped down before and after use and placed neatly in the designated storing area
- Weights and dumbbells may be brought into the studio but should be placed on mats and never placed on the wood floor
- Only approved activities consistent with studio use are permitted. These activities do not include any sports involving projectiles, racquets, balls or sticks of any kind
- Any equipment borrowed for use should be placed neatly back in the appropriate storage area
- Handstands or headstands against the mirrors, windows or columns are not permitted for safety and to minimize damage to the area/equipment
- Consider other participants within the studio and acknowledge their personal space
- While participants are allowed to be barefoot under certain activity considerations in the Multi-Purpose Room, all participants must wear closed toe footwear to the facility and when traversing to the fourth floor
Facility Reservation Requests:
In order to make a request for studio space please follow the link. Any request submitted should be submitted at least 3 weeks in advance of the activity or event
- Proper workout attire must be worn in all public areas: shorts, sweat pants, leggings, t-shirts, sweat shirts, or other gym attire and sneakers. No jeans, cargo pants or shorts with loops, belts or buckles; and, no metal embellishments and adornments that might tear the leather benches or pose a risk of catching on equipment.
- Shoes & footwear: sneakers must be worn at all times in all activity areas with the exception of the studios. Those participating in yoga, pilates, martial arts, or another similary related University Recreation sponsored activity may remove their sneakers once inside the studios.
- All participants utilizing the activity spaces outside of a studio and throughout the fitness areas and weight room except the corners of the track must wear sneakers.
Equipment and Personal Belongings
Locks, towels and equipment may be checked out with your NU Husky card. You are responsible for all equipment that you check-out and must reimburse Northeastern University for any lost or damaged equipment before your ID is returned. There is no overnight use of equipment or lockers. All locks and equipment must be returned by closing time. Items left in lockers overnight will be removed and a $10.00 storage fee assessed.
Please bring with you any necessary items you will use during your workout (a phone, water bottle, headphones, yoga mat, gloves etc.,). Beverages must be in a non-glass container with a closable/sealable lid. Personal fitness items must be carried upstairs and all equipment bags must be locked in a locker (exceptions; roller hockey goalie equipment bag, yoga mat bags going to fitness rooms for class).
- Bags, coats, and all jackets need to be locked inside a locker
- No personal fitness equipment may be utilized that attaches to existing equipment/structures in the facility or props/equipment or any other items that will come in contact with the floor, walls, ceiling or mirrors that could leave marks, scrapes, dents, holes or cracks in the floor, walls, ceiling or mirrors. Roller blades may be carried into the Marino Recreation Center and used during designated hours in the designated sport court area only.
- Smaller scooters and skateboards that fits inside a locker can be stored and locked. Other larger sized items must be locked up outside of the facility
- Staff cannot hold personal items or any oversize items
- Rollerblading inside the facilites is not permited. The use of rollerbades is only permitted on the sport court inside the Marino Recreation Center
- Any lost item that is found can be retrieved at the appropriate facility, please inquire with the University Recreation staff regarding any lost items
- Northeastern University and the University Recreation department is not responsible for any lost, missing or damaged personal belongings
Health and Safety
The safety of all participants who utilize the recreation facilities is our highest priority. The policies herein have been implemented with the express intent to reduce the risk of hazards and address the response to safety and emergencies.
- No food, gym bags, shopping bags, luggage, brief cases, backpacks, street shoes, boots, open-toe shoes, sandals, jeans, cargo pants or jackets are allowed above the ground floor at the Marino Recreation Center and in activity areas in the Cabot Center and the SquashBusters Center
- Proper workout attire must be worn in all public areas
- Bicycles are not allowed inside the University Recreation facilities. Skateboards and scooters that can be folded and stored in a locker may be carried into the facility to be secured in a locker
- For your safety and protection, some areas of University Recreation facilities are under 24-hour video surveillance
- AED’s are located throughout the recreational facilities
- Fire Emergency
- If a fire alarm sounds, everyone must exit the facility immediately in a calm and safe manner
- Areas of egress must be clear, at all times, for emergency purposes due to building fire code (i.e. stretching in the hallways, taking weights from the weight room, and bouncing balls in the hallways are not permitted)
- All injuries sustained within University Recreation facilities should be reported to University Recreation staff
- In the case of a weather emergency, all members and guests must follow the direction of University Recreation staff
- No one is allowed to remain in non-shelter areas during a weather emergency
- Open to all NU Students
- Please visit the Intramural Sports page for all program policies.
Music & Devices
- Amplified music is restricted to official University Recreation and SquashBusters programming. Earbuds or headphones must be used with personal listening devices
- Groups reserving a studio may utilize personal speakers or request a bluetooth speaker from University Recreation for use during their scheduled reservation time. Music played cannot contain profanity or sexual inuendo / lurid lyrics
- Singing, disturbing other patrons, and the use of profanity, is strictly prohibited
Any individual acting in the fashion of a personal trainer must be hired through the University Recreation Office at 140 Marino Recreation Center. Personal training on the premises of any Northeastern recreation facility is restricted to Northeastern Personal Trainers only. Any individual found soliciting these types of services will be denied further access to these facilities. Northeastern students found soliciting these types of services will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution.
- Open to all paid members
- Please visit the Aquatic page for all pool policies.
Privacy & Etiquette
- For the privacy and safety of our participants, the use of any devices with picture/video capability (including cell phones) is strictly prohibited in the locker rooms
- The use of cameras or video devices is not permitted in the University Recreation facilities or during programming unless consent through the University Recreation Office has been granted (please allow one business day for written permission to be granted). To obtain permission for photo or video collection please visit the University Recreation Office at 140 MC for additional information or to submit your request
- University Recreation staff may prohibit the use of any electronic devices in our facilities for the comfort and privacy of our participants
- No loud offensive language, disturbing other patrons, or the use of profanity, is permitted
- Please limit the amount of idle time on the equipment between excercises or sets. It is expected that all participants adhere to the “work in” model of allowing others to utilize the equipment during your rest periods
Failure to adhere to these policies & guidelines will result in loss of facility privileges. Northeastern University reserves the right to put into effect any new guidelines that protect the health, safety and integrity of the participants using the facility.