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
Gear Rental is available at the Outdoor Adventure Center on Monday – Thursday by appointment only.

How it Works

Step 1: Select your equipment from our Rental Items list

Step 2: Complete a Rental Request Form. Please note: Rental requests must be made at least one week before the date the equipment is needed

Step 3: Outdoor Adventures will confirm your request via email and let you know when it will be ready for pick-up.

Step 4: Pick up equipment at the Outdoor Adventure Center.  Please come with your OneCard and full payment for the equipment. Payment can be made through Visa, MasterCard, Discover cards, or Retail Points. Outdoor Adventure Center staff will confirm equipment return dates and times during the check-out process.

Rental Packages

Rent more, so you can save more! Take advantage of our Gear Rental packages to make the most of your experience.

Fall 2018 Packages

4-Day Semester Pass

For the adventurer who likes to go out every weekend! This pass grants access to unlimited 4-day rentals throughout the semester. Each rental transaction may have as many different items as the renter wishes; rental items may only be in single quantities.   

Passes/Rentals can be purchased on August 1, 2018

10-Day Semester Pass

For those who adventure longer! This pass grants those access to unlimited 10-day rentals throughout the semester. Each rental transaction may have as many different items as the renter wishes; rental items may only be in single quantities.

Passes/Rentals can be purchased on August 1, 2018

Semester-Long Bike Rental

Don’t let the shuttle bus dictate your route – rent a bike to use for the entire semester! These single-speed bikes come to you fully tuned up and ready to ride. Pick up your bike the second week into the semester and return your bike the Monday of finals week. Once a request is completed, Outdoor Adventures staff will contact the renter regarding bike size and pick up date/time.

Passes/Rentals can be purchased on August 1, 2018

Know Before You Go

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

Equipment and Rental Guidelines

Gear Rental List


  • Backpacks
  • Animal Resistant Food Canisters
  • Compasses
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Crazy Creek Chairs
  • Dromedary Bags
  • Hammocks
  • Headlamps
  • Pots & Pans
  • Rope for Food Storage
  • Sleeping Bags & Pads
  • Coleman Propane Stoves
  • Tarps
  • Tents
  • Trekking Poles
  • U-Dig-It Shovels


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

Stand up paddleboarding 

  • Paddleboard
  • Paddle
  • Life jacket 
Guidelines and Fees
  1. All Gear Rental pick ups will be done at the Front Desk of the Outdoor Adventure Center (BU 157) during Gear Rental Hours (Monday-Thursday by appointment only).
  2. All Gear Rental payments must be made at the Membership & Guest Services office prior to Gear Rental pick-up.
  3. All Gear Rental users must complete a Rental Agreement at Membership & Guest Services prior to Gear Rental pick-up.
  4. All Gear Rental users must present their OneCard at time of pick up.
  5. Sponsored guests may not rent equipment from the Gear Rental program.
  6. Gear Rental users may not rent equipment for anyone other than themselves.
  7. 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 Bursar 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 due dates will be arranged upon equipment check-out. Renters may not extend their equipment rental period after the initial equipment check-out.
  2. Renters will be emailed a reminder on the date that their equipment is due back to the Outdoor Adventure Center. If the renter does not return their equipment by 9 p.m. 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 .