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Student Life in Roanoke

Clubs and Organizations in Roanoke

Student Affairs in Roanoke offers a variety of clubs for students to join.  To find the complete list of current clubs, visit RUInvolved.

Registered student clubs and organizations also have access to Club Hub, located within Student Affairs on the 4th floor.  Club Hub offers arts and craft supplies, a poster printer, button maker and Cricut for student club use.  
Registered student clubs may also borrow Student Affairs equipment for events by filling out the Request Form in RU Involved.  

For more information, contact:

Highlander House

Located on the 4th floor of the Radford University at Carilion building, the Highlander House is a student lounge, study area and event space. Accessible 24/7 with a prox card, the Highlander House also features a foosball table. Registered student clubs and campus departments may reserve the Highlander House for an event by filling out the Request Form in RU Involved.

For more information, contact:

Prox Cards

What is a PROX card?
A prox card is a plain white card which acts as a key. It will give you access to the building entrances and areas within the university that are locked down. Cards will not be activated until your program is expected to arrive on campus.

PROX Cards provide access to the following areas:

  • Breezeway entrance into the 3rd floor lobby from parking garage
  • Highlander House - Located on the 4th floor
  • Educational Testing Center (computer lab) Located on the 5th floor
  • Fitness Center located on the 1st floor
  • You may receive additional access depending upon your program of study

Your cards will be mailed to the mailing address listed on your account.  If you would like them sent to a different address, please e-mail with the new address.

Recreation and Wellness in Roanoke

Radford University students in Roanoke have access to the fitness center located at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital (CRCH) on the 1st floor. It is available to the entire Radford University community in Roanoke, including students, faculty and staff from Radford University at Carilion and The Roanoke Higher Education Center.

Roanoke students can access the Fitness Center at CRCH by using their prox card. Please contact RUC Student Affairs office (located on the 4th floor of CRCH) with any prox card issues or concerns.

Fitness Center Hours of Operation

In general, the Fitness Center is open 24/7 while RUC is in session. During the academic term, the fitness center may be closed for short periods if the Health & Exercise Science Class is conducting a laboratory. In such cases, these closures will be noted on the fitness center door.

Carilion Wellness - Radford University Carilion Students Only

Radford University Carilion (RCU) students can join Carilion Wellness at no additional cost. Membership is paid through the fees that are part of annual tuition. RUC students need to complete a membership application at the beginning of each school semester to have access to all four convenient Carilion Wellness locations. Membership applications are available at the Roanoke (Starkey Road) Carilion Wellness location at 4508 Starkey Road.

What is Carilion Wellness?

Carilion Wellness is the chain of fitness centers operated by Carilion Clinic, RUC’s partner in education and healthcare. Each location offers opportunities for:

  • group exercise, like classes in water aerobics, yoga, cycling, jazzercize, Pilates, Zumba, Les Mills and much more;
  • personal fitness, including free weights, machines, cardio equipment, functional training, pickleball and racquetball (Roanoke); and
  • therapy and rehabilitation services for an additional fee, like medical programs, personal training, InBody assessments, swim lessons, karate (Botetourt) and massage therapy (Botetourt).

Plus, you can swim in the indoor and outdoor pools, run or walk on the tracks and more!


Where are the Carilion Wellness fitness center location and when are they open?

4508 Starkey Rd 
Roanoke, VA 24018 
Hours: Mon–Fri: 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat–Sun: 8 a.m.–6 p.m.


105 Summerfield Ct 
Roanoke, VA 24019 
Hours: Mon–Fri: 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat–Sun: 8 a.m.–6 p.m


157 Westlake Rd 
Hardy, VA 24101 
Hours: Mon–Fri: 5 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sat–Sun: 8 a.m.–2 p.m.


1715 Pratt Dr 
Blacksburg, VA 24060 
Hours: Mon–Fri: 6 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sat–Sun: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.