University of Rochester Wellness Partnership

YMCA of Greater Rochester, UR Medicine Announce Exclusive Collaboration

Area residents will have greater access to UR Medicine wellness programs and clinical services at 17 YMCA of Greater Rochester locations, under terms of a collaboration agreement announced May 15, 2018.   As part of this larger collaboration, University of Rochester and affiliate employees are eligible for corporate partnership rates at the YMCA of Greater Rochester. With 11 branches conveniently located in Monroe, Ontario, and Steuben counties, the YMCA of Greater Rochester is the largest provider of health and wellness programs and services in the region.

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Who can I contact if I have questions?

The YMCA and the UR have created a dedicated phone number, e-mail address, and website information just for UR and affiliate employees:
Phone:  585-784-3852


  • No joining fee (a savings of up to $75.00)
  • Exclusive University of Rochester employee rates* for passport membership categories including adult, couple, and family memberships (over $300 of annual savings)
  • Member rates on adult programs and classes
  • Member rates on youth programs including youth sports, child care, and camps for children of UR employees who are included in an Individual Parent or Family membership.

*U of R employee must be the primary member
*May not be combined with any other discount


See chart below.  (Rates effective June 1,2018)

Membership Category Monthly Price
Young Adult (19-29) $39.00
Adult (30-59) $51.00
Senior (60+) $48.00
Couple $70.50
Individual Parent $70.50
Family $78.38

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for the U of R Partnership discount at the YMCA?

This special rate is for all employees of the University of Rochester and affiliates, union and non-union members.  Any membership package purchased must include a UR employee (primary member).   May not be combined with any other discount.


I am already a member of the Y.  How do I receive the UR employee rate? 

Bring your work ID with you on your next visit to the Y so that we can verify your employment.  The membership team at the Welcome Desk will process the rate change.  The reduced rate will go into effect immediately.


Does the U of R Corporate rate include all YMCA locations in the area?

The rate applies to membership at all YMCA of Greater Rochester’s 11 branches and Canandaigua Family YMCA.  Branch locations are found in both urban and suburban settings, and offer programs for individuals from early childhood through senior years.


Is there a joining fee?

The YMCA has agreed to waive the traditional one-time joining fee for UR and affiliate employees who sign up for membership. Joining fees for other members can be as much as $75 at sign-up.


Is Financial Assistance available?

The YMCA of Greater Rochester gives everyone in our community-regardless of age, income, or background-an opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive.  At the Y, we ensure everyone has access to our programs and services.  We offer financial assistance to qualifying families.  Ask us more about it when you join.


Is it necessary to sign a long-term contract – a one- or two-year agreement, like a lot of gyms?

There are no contracts when you join the YMCA. Your membership is month-to-month and you can cancel at any time.


How do I sign up?

UR and affiliate employees simply need to bring their work I.D. and government-issued I.D. to the Welcome Desk at the YMCA branch of their choice and ask to sign up.


Who can I contact if I have questions?

The YMCA and the UR have created a dedicated phone number, e-mail address, and website information just for UR and affiliate employees:
Phone:  585-784-3852


What does the YMCA offer me?

Your membership provides all the YMCA health and wellness signature programs that regular members enjoy, but at a lower membership rate. You have access to the full spectrum of fitness choices, including the very popular instructional swim/aquatic safety classes, yoga, spinning, weight training, cardiovascular equipment, the Y Diabetes Prevention Program and, at some locations, the program for adult cancer survivors, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA.

Included in your membership:

  • “Members Only” pricing for child care, camps, and youth-serving programs
  • Free child watch with a Family Membership
  • Activities for “tweens”
  • Hundreds of Group Exercise Programs every week
  • Free consultations with our trained staff to help you build your wellness plan
  • Youth Development – Leadership opportunities

Can I enroll online? 

Yes. You may join online immediately.  Be aware that you will be subject to the registration fee and the regular monthly rate until you verify your employment status with a work badge and a government issued ID on your first visit.  You will only need to bring these IDs your first time.  Or you may join on your first visit with IDs and immediately take advantage of the UR employee membership rates.


Are YMCA facilities completely handicapped accessible?

Most facilities have handicapped parking with ramps to the sidewalk, front door push button handicapped access, chair lifts for pool accessibility, handicapped accessible locker rooms. Gyms and fitness centers are located on the ground level or accessible by elevator. Because of the age of some of our buildings and facility space constraints, some branch programs are offered on the second floor and require stair climbing; however, most of these programs are also offered at additional times on the ground level. Please check with the individual branches for specific details.


Can I enjoy the Canandaigua YMCA facilities and programs as part of this UR employee wellness program? 

Yes.  Your membership allows you to use any of the YMCA of Greater Rochester branches and the Canandaigua Family YMCA.