Outdoor Equipment Rental



The OER is open to students, staff/faculty and the general public!

We know getting out to do a simple kayak or camping trip sounds easy enough, but when you add up how much the equipment costs, you start realizing how expensive it is! And that is where we come in as we have high quality gear that anyone can rent for a fraction of what you would spend purchasing it. Our prices are also considerably cheaper than commercial rentals as our number one goal is to get you outside, and not about making a lot of money from our rental program.

Hours of Operation    FAQ's   Rental Rates


Equipment Rental FAQ's:

Not sure what gear to rent?

Staff can offer recommendations on what gear you need for each activity and can make sure you are set up for success before leaving. Nothing is worse than showing up to the campsite and you realized you forgot to pack an essential item. If you just need one or two items, we have you covered. But if you need everything for your trip, we have several different packages to choose from such as a backpacking, camping, and tailgating where all of your essential items are included at a discounted rate to ensure you have a great trip! And all watersport rentals include paddles, and life jackets. Helmets and spray skirts are available for white-water rentals. 

How far in advance should I reserve my equipment?

Gear is on a first-come, first-serve basis, and although we have a large inventory, you need to pay in advance to guarantee your reservation. Therefore, we highly encourage customers to come by the OER or give us a call during business hours 1-2 weeks before your trip to reserve your gear. We do allow day-of rentals, but we cannot guarantee gear will be available. Please note that we usually sell out of all water-based rentals over holiday weekends, so plan accordingly.

Can staff help me plan my trip?

The OER is more than just a rental center as staff can give advice about recreation opportunities within the region and can even sit down with you to help plan your excursion. Email blake.osborn@mtsu.edu in advance if you need in-depth help with planning your next adventure!

Do MTSU Students or faculty/staff receive a discount?

All prices are for the general public, and we offer a 20% discount for current MTSU students and a 10% discount for current MTSU staff and faculty.


Equipment Rental Rates



Type Day Rental Weekend Week
2-Person Tent $10 $15 $20
4-Person Tent $15 $20 $25
6-Person Tent $20 $25 $30
Backpacking Pack $10 $15 $25
Day Pack $5 $10 $15
Sleeping Bag $8 $10 $15
Sleeping Pad $2 $5 $7
Cook Set $4 $8 $12
Stoves - Single Burner $4 $8 $12
Stoves - Two Burner $8 $12 $15
Headlamp $4 $7 $12
Hammock $8 $10 $15
Tarp $2 $3 $5


Type Day Rental Weekend Week
Climbing Shoes $3 $5 $10
Crash Pad $7 $10 $15


Type   Day Rental Weekend Week
Mountain Bike $20 $45 $60
TREK Commuter Bike $20 $45 $60

Water Sports

Type Day Rental Weekend Week
Canoe  $30 $40 $50
Inflatable Kayak - Tandem $25 $35 $55
Inflatable Kayak $20 $30 $50
Stand Up Paddle Board $20 $30 $50
Whitewater Kayak $20 $30 $50
PFD / Skirt / Helmet / Paddle (each) $2 $4 $6


Type Day Rental Weekend Week
Tailgate Tent $5 $10 $15
Camp Chair $3 $5 $10
Coolers $3 $5 $10
5 Gallon Water Cooler $3 $5 $10
Corn Hole $5 $10 $15
Can Jam/Spike Ball/Disc Golf Discs $3 $5 $10

Gear Packages

Type Description Day Rental Weekend Week
Backpack/Camp Package Includes - 2-Person Tent, Backpack, Sleeping Bag, Sleeping Pad, Headlamp, Cook Set, Stove, Tarp. Upgrade to 4 person tent for additional $5 and 6 person tent for $10. $45 $65 $95
Tailgate Package Includes - Tailgate Tent, Table, Cooler, 2 Burner Stove, 5 Gallon Cooler, (1) Yard Game $35 $50 $65


In addition to OER hours, inquiries about equipment rentals and returns may be made during Campus Recreation office hours by calling 615.898.2104.



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Office Phone
615.898.2104 (8am - 5pm)
Main Entrance


Mailing Address
P.O. Box 556 
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Physical Address
1848 Blue Raider Drive
Murfreesboro, TN  37132