10 Affordable Gym Options for Students, Because Your Health Shouldn’t Break the Bank

10 Affordable Gym Options for Students, Because Your Health Shouldn’t Break the Bank

If you’re anything like me, you struggle to keep up a regular fitness routine. The idea of sweating it out and doing something good for my body provides the motivation I need, but the high cost of gym memberships is enough to stop me from becoming a certified gym rat. As college students, it’s difficult to sign on the dotted line and hand over your credit card when you could be spending that cash on textbooks and other essentials. Paying for an expensive gym membership only racks up guilt for spending the money, and that is no way to start the journey to a healthier you. But don’t worry: I’ve rounded up 10 options for gyms that shouldn’t break the bank, so you no longer have to feel guilty or worry about scrounging up your savings to afford to sweat. Instead, you can get excited and look forward to cultivating a healthy well-being. Let’s get physical!

24 Hour Fitness

The Price: $32/month for 12 months. Student discounts are offered at select locations.

What They Offer: Studio classes, personal training, fitness consultations, custom workout app, and 24/7 access.

What You Should Know: Although not explicitly stated on their website, this gym offers student discounts at select locations. All you have to do is speak to your local 24 Hour Fitness center to get the details. Don’t forget your student ID! Keep in mind there is a $50 annual fee charge.

Gold’s Gym

The Price: $40/month. A 50% discount is offered for students at select locations.  

What They Offer: Complimentary fitness profile to build your fitness journey, cardio equipment, personal training, resistance machines, free weights, circuit training, group exercise, nutrition counseling, boxing arena, group cycle, and 24/7 access.

What You Should Know: Although this gym is recognized for providing the best equipment and training services, it can be difficult to commit to the membership cost. Similar to 24 Hour Fitness, this gym offers a student discount at select locations. The annual fee at this gym is $30.

Anytime Fitness

The Price: $35/month. Rates may vary between locations.

What They Offer: Personal training, tanning, spinning cycles and classes, Zumba, cardio classes, body conditioning classes, yoga classes, wellness programs, anywhere gym access, and 24-hour access (check your local gym for location-specific offerings).

What You Should Know: Before committing to the membership, you can try out this gym for free with a 7-day trial. If you find your gym home with this gym, then your membership starts at a reasonable $35 per month.

Planet Fitness

The Price: $10/month

What They Offer: 24-hour access (may vary by location), free fitness training, only individual workouts (no classes), and ample equipment (which usually means no wait for machines).

What You Should Know: If the judgment-free atmosphere of this large franchise doesn’t make you want to get into squat position, then the price definitely will. At $10 a month, this gym offers a no commitment membership including a free T-shirt (because we all know we do things for the tees).

Snap Fitness

The Price: $35/month (plus a one-time program fee and access card fee)

What They Offer: 24/7 access, free personalized fitness assessment, customized workouts, lifestyle coaching, group classes, nutrition consultants, and personal trainers.

What You Should Know: This 24/7 Minneapolis-based gym boasts over 2,000 locations worldwide with awesome exclusive deals. You can expect offers like free enrollment (compare to the regular enrollment fee of $149), a free 10-day trial, and a 30-day trial membership that only costs $8.95. This gym also boasts no-contract memberships, which is always a good idea. However, be aware that there are two fees when you join: 1) a program fee of $59 and 2) an access card fee of $30.

Crunch Gym

The Price: $10/month

What They Offer: World-class equipment, personal trainers, group fitness classes (available with select memberships), online live workouts, HydroMassage beds, tanning, yoga, Zumba, no judgment philosophy, and Camp Crunch (small group training).

What You Should Know: With several locations and more popping up soon, this gym is a great option to save a chunk of change. If you want to try it out first, they offer a one-day pass to test the gym commitment-free. One of their membership options brings plenty of amenities and begins at a base price of $9.95 per month.

Workout Anytime

The Price: $10/month for GetFit membership, $19/month for basic membership

What They Offer: 24/7 access, certified personal coaching, HydroMassage, tanning, TRX Suspension Trainer, reACT Training System, monthly fitness evaluations, dedicated plate weight area

What You Should Know: True to its name, this gym offers 24/7 services so you can workout anytime (do you see what I did there?) This gym offers a generous 7-day trial completely free of charge. If you do decide to sign up, you can expect a membership of $10 per month for a GetFit membership, which is a more flexible option. A basic membership begins at $19. Keep in mind that a one-time card fee of $20 is applied when you join.

World Gym

The Price: $20/month for standard memberships.

What They Offer: Personal training, personal coaching, group classes, tanning beds, body composition analysis, women’s only workout area, HydroMassage, Zumba, and 24-hour access at select locations.

What You Should Know: In the spirit of summer, this gym is offering a discounted membership for one, two, or three months. Although the discount depends on your local location, all you have to do is present your student ID to get the benefits. If you decide to join this gym, you should expect a one-time card fee of $18 and an initiation fee of $20.


The Price: $10/month (standard membership), $23/month (Lime Card membership)

What They Offer: Zumba, PiYo Strength, Turbo Kick, Insanity Workout, yoga, cycling, personal training, 30-minute full body workouts, and YouCoach fitness assessment.

What You Should Know: This gym promises an environment centered around your well-being with an attractive price tag. Your wallet won’t suffer a hit with a $10 per month charge for a standard membership. At signing, the standard membership costs a couple bucks more, but in the long run, you save a lot (can I get a ka-ching?). If you prefer the Lime Card membership, you will enjoy more amenities such as tanning beds, a sauna, and unlimited group exercise classes.

New York Sports Club

The Price: $40/month for students (select locations).

What They Offer: Over 200 different types of classes; indoor and outdoor pools; lessons and leagues focused on basketball, volleyball, tennis, squash and racquetball; and a free personal fitness assessment.

What You Should Know: With a valid student ID, this gym offers a student rate of $39.99 per month (compared to the standard $99.99 per month). Based on their website, it appears the student discount is only valid during the summer. The membership prices also depend on whether you prefer single club access or access to all sports clubs (single access is significantly cheaper). If you decide to join this gym, ask about their annual fee because it ranges from location to location. This gym offers locations in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Boston and Rhode Island. Keep in mind that the name of the actual gym changes depending on what state you are in.

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