Gear Rental

Want to plan your own outdoor adventure, but don’t know where to start? Take advantage of Campus Recreation's Gear Rental program, which offers all the equipment needed for camping and exploring to TU students, faculty, and staff.

towson student using gear from TU's Outdoor Adventures program

How It Works:

  1. Select your equipment from the Rental Items list.
  2. Complete a Rental Request form. Rental Requests must be submitted at least one week before the desired pick-up date. All rental pick-up and returns will be made by appointment only.
  3. Outdoor Adventures will call to confirm your rental request, your rental period, as well as go over your rental invoice and sizing information.   
  4. An invoice will be emailed to your TU email address. Please pay for your rental at the Membership & Guest Services desk in Burdick Hall. All payments must be completed before pick up.
  5. After paying for your rental, you will receive a receipt via email.  The receipt will give you a phone number to call and where to pick up your rental.  
  6. When you are en route to pick up your rental, call the number on your receipt.  Our staff will go over any final details with your rental and set your gear outside of the pick-up location.   
  7. Grab your gear and adventure away!   
  8. Our staff will give you a courtesy phone call on your return date with a reminder and instructions for how to return your gear.  

Semester Passes

Rent more, so you can save more! Take advantage of our semester passes to make the most of your experience. Semester passes are available to all Campus Recreation members for unlimited rentals.

Unlimited 4-Day Rental Pass

Campus Recreation members may use as many free 4-Day rentals as they like when they purchase this pass.

Know Before You Go

Still looking for additional details? Find our list of available gear, rental policies, and fees below!

Equipment and Rental Guidelines


  • Backpack
  • Backpacking Stove
  • Camp Stove
  • Crazy Creek Camp Chair
  • Dromedary Bags
  • Hammock
  • Headlamp
  • Pot Set
  • Shelter Tarp
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Tents (4-person, 3-person, 2-person)
  • Trekking Poles
  • Utensil Set


  • Snowboards
  • Snowboarding Gear (Helmets, Boots, Bags) 

Stand up paddleboarding 

  • Paddleboard
  • Paddle
  • Life jacket 
  1. All Gear Rental pick ups will be contactless. The pick-up and return location will be communicated to the renter on the receipt they receive after payment. 
  2. All Gear Rental payments must be made in person at the Membership & Guest Services Desk in Burdick Hall.  Payments must be made prior to pick-up.  The Membership & Guest Services Desk is open Monday – Friday 12-8 p.m. 
  3. All Gear Rental users must complete a Rental Agreement at the Membership & Guest Services desk prior to paying for their gear. 
  4. All Gear Rental users must present their OneCard at time of pick-up. 
  5. Gear Rental users may not rent equipment for anyone other than themselves. 
  6. All equipment is rented in 'as is' condition. All Gear Rental users are subject to late, damage, maintenance, and/or replacement fees as determined by Campus Recreation Professional Staff. Any additional fees that the user incurs will be billed to the user's Student and University Billing Office account. 

Additional Fees:

  1. All returned equipment will be inspected by Gear Rental staff upon return. Gear Rental staff will note any damages to the Coordinator - Outdoor Adventure Center.
  2. The renter will be emailed within two (2) business days of their rental return indicating any equipment damages and their associated fees.
  3. Damage fees will be determined depending on the severity of the damage and the materials needed to repair the damages.
  4. Outdoor Adventures reserves the right to determine a damage as 'irreparable' and the renter will need to pay a replacement fee.

Standard Fees are as Follows:

  • Cleaning or Drying Fee: $20
  • Maintenance Labor Fee: $15
  • Maintenance Material Fee (small part replacement): At cost
  • Lost or Total Replacement: At cost + 10%

Late Fees:

  1. Equipment is due the Monday following pick-up.  Renters may not extend their equipment rental period after the initial equipment check-out. 
  2. Renters will be called with a reminder on the date that their equipment is due back.  If the renter does not return their equipment by Gear Rental closing time on the due date, they are subject to late fees. 
  3. Late fees will be charged per day late and per item. Late fees vary and are dependent upon the type of equipment. 
  4. Renters have 14 days to return equipment past its due date. After 14 days, renters will be charged a replacement fee (full item cost + 10%), in addition to the per diem late fees. 

Please contact Outdoor Adventures with any questions, comments, or concerns at .

For $20, you can rent a bike, lock, and helmet for the semester. Reservations for these items are first-come, first-serve. After registration, your bike will be prepped and you will receive an email once your bike is ready for pick up; reservations may take up to one week to fulfill. Visit the Campus Recreation portal to reserve your bike. 

Submit a request to rent outdoor and camping equipment

Request Gear