RAC towel service now costs four times more


Students will have to pay more if they want to keep using the if RAC towel service. (Courtesy Chayonika Chandra )

If you work out at the Recreation and Athletics Centre, it could soon cost more to dry off.

The RAC will stop its in-house towel service on Oct. 31 after its laundry machines broke down over the summer and it was deemed too expensive to repair them.

At least 100 students had to express interest in a third-party towel service for an additional fee. This threshold was met on Oct. 15, according to RAC manager Andrew Hay.

Hay said the third-party towel service will cost students $20 per month, and interested students who missed the initial deadline to sign up are still welcome to subscribe to the new service.

“We are hopeful that more students and members will sign up for the service over time, as ordering towels in greater volume will reduce the cost per towel, allowing us to pass the savings along to our students and members using the service,” said Hay in an email.

Students who were not interested in paying an additional fee were offered a refund for November and December. The other option for students is to continue using Ryerson athletics’ towel service exclusively through the Mattamy Athletic Centre for the same fee of $5 per month.

“Most of our students and members [who are] signed up for the old towel service are opting to continue using it exclusively at the MAC,” said Hay.

The athletics department solicited quotes from several third-party providers, and selected Topper Linen and Uniform Service. On its website, Topper Linen says it services more than 1,000 businesses across Southern Ontario.


RAC washer and dryer system. (Courtesy Chayonika Chandra)

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