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 by appointment only.

How It Works

Step 1: Select your equipment from our Rental Items list. 

Step 2: Complete a Rental Request form.  Rental requests must be submitted at least one week before the equipment is needed. 

Step 3: Outdoor Adventures will call you to confirm your rental request, your rental period, as well as go over your invoice and sizing information. 

Step 4: Pay for your equipment at Membership & Guest Services. Payment can be made through Visa, Mastercard, Discover cards, or retail points.  

Step 5: Bring your receipt to the Outdoor Adventure Center on the day of pick up.  

Step 6: Grab your gear and adventure away!

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.

Unlimited 10-Day Rental Pass

Campus Recreation members may use as many free 10-day rentals as they like when they purchase this pass. 

To purchase a semester-long gear rental pass, please visit and look under the "Memberships" tab.

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


  • 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 
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.
  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 .

Bike Rental

Outdoor Adventures has bikes, helmets, and locks available to rent for the entire semester. Bikes are single-speed and do not have a kickstand. Reserve your bike rental online at by March 23 – you will be asked for sizing information and any additional equipment that you may need. After you’ve reserved your bike online, you will receive an email once it is ready for pickup.  The timeline from reservation to pick up is typically one week or less.