Culture and Recreation
What recreational facilities are available on campus?
We have a terrific Student Recreation Center
(SRC) with exercise machines, weight machines & free weights, swimming pool, climbing wall, squash courts, racquetball courts, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, aerobics dance and yoga classes, an indoor track and our world famous outdoor track, Hayward field
. We have miles and miles of maintained running paths
through the city. Miles of bicycle paths
also wind through the city and into the countryside. The Willamette River is immediately adjacent to campus, and you can rent canoes, inner tubes, swim or just jump in on hot summer days. We have a great Outdoor Pursuits Program
that offers courses in wilderness survival, rock climbing, sailing, and more; they organize trips around the pacific northwest (rafting, hiking, biking, canoeing, etc); and it has an extensive collection of guides, maps and videos. Here's a UO campus map and directions
What is Eugene like?
The Eugene metropolitan area has a population of over 200,000. Yet the city of Eugene maintains a colorful, small town feel. Our link to PlanetEugene
offers information about arts, culture & entertainment, shopping, outdoor recreation, news, lodging, transportation & maps. You can also check it out on Wikipedia
. Eugene is one of the most bicycle-friendly places in the country, with many miles of bike routes and bike paths through and around town, the parks and gardens, and the wetlands.
Eugene is often referred to as Track Town USA. You see people running constantly -- there are many 10K, 5K, 2K, and fun run races around town, all-comers track meets several weeks in the summer, running groups, and the Eugene Marathon. At Hayward Field, each year is the Prefontaine Classic Track Meet that brings world class runners. In the past, Eugene and UO have hosted the national championships, the world championships, and the US Olympic Trials.
The summer weather is dry, very low humidity, and very pleasant (July weather summary for Eugene).
Throughout the summer, we have a Saturday Market, with a growers market, local food and crafts vendors, and local entertainment on the Market Stage.
The Willamette River runs through the University and is joined by the McKenzie River just north of town. From Eugene, it is just over an hour's drive to either the Cascade mountains to the East, the Coastal Mountains and the Oregon coast to the West, and Portland and the Columbia River Gorge to the North.
There is lots of great music in town. Oregon Bach Festival, Oregon Mozart Players, Jazz, Swing dances, salsa and tango groups, Zimbabwean marimba groups, drumming circles, Oregon Country Fair, City of Eugene Summer Concerts in the Park and Movie Night in the Park, and many more events and groups.