Northern Illinois University


find freedom with cars on
campus by the hour or day.

(gas and insurance included!)

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Northern Illinois University

What is Zipcar?

Glad you asked. It's a smarter way to get around the campus.

Zipcar Ford Focus
  • Drive cars by the hour or day. Gas & insurance included.
  • In neighborhoods, cities and airports across the globe.
  • Save hundreds over car ownership.
  • Choose from sedans, hybrids, vans and more.
  • Take select flexible vehicles one-way or round trip.

how it works

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Apply online. Once approved, we'll send you a Zipcard to access vehicles worldwide.

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Book a Zipcar for as little as 1 hour or as long as 7 days.

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Hold your Zipcard to the car's windshield to unlock. Voila! It's all yours.

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Hit the road. When you're done, park the car in its reserved spot and use your Zipcard or the app to lock up.

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find Zipcars nearby

Find us located right on and near campus, cities and airports across the globe.

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What It Costs

what’s your affiliation with NIU?

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Students join for $15 (save $10 thanks to Ford)

All students 18+ are welcomed, including drivers with international licenses.

I'm a Wright State faculty or staff and I'd like to use Zipcar for personal driving.

I'm not affiliated with Wright State, but still want to use Zipcar.

what's included

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Travel far and wide,
for road trips, away games,
visits home, and more.

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Fill up using the
gas card that's inside the car.
We'll get the bill.

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If you're a Zipcar member,
you're covered. (So you can drive safe
and rest easy.)

where can i go

There's a lot to do around NIU. Here are just a few ideas.

  • Mattress Warehouse of Dekalb

    Went in hoping to find a good deal on a mattress set and walked out a happy customer! Great and affordable deals. Pricing and details on each mattress are...more
  • Walgreens

    I stop in at this Walgreens fairly often. It's in a very convenient location and open 24hours. I'm lucky enough to have Jewel accords the street which is...more
  • Encore Clothing

    Bravo!! Encore, encore!! Yes, this place deserves a second performance of your time. I was recently turned on to this place by a friend. I'm an avid...more
  • Gordon Hardware

    If they can't get it, it is probably not made. In fact iy is more than likely in stock. Staff is friendly and very helpful.more
  • Home Goods

    What can I say, I LOVE HOME GOODS! I have been to the one on Randall Rd, and the one in Schaumburg, and surprisingly this is my favorite! It just opened...more

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  • Gumfarm Hunt Club

    Great place to hunt pheasants and train the dogs... Had a great time and would recommend to anyone!more
  • Stonehouse Park

    i was a little worried on friday: i left work at noon with high hopes for an awesome weekend of camping and music, but the massive downpour that lasted the...more
  • Shabbona Lake State Park Campground

    Good place to stay, just very rustic. Not to organized during the week. Check in was closed. Had to find the camp master to check in. Do not have a beach...more
  • Marengo Ridge Golf Club

    I like the layout and staff is nice. Course is in very good shape. The thing keeping me from giving 5 stars is the traps. Sand is full of rocks my sand...more
  • River Heights Golf Course

    They keep working on it. I live on the course and it's really improved. The course plays fast and is in good shapemore

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  • Kate's Pie Shop Cafe & Records

    Was looking for a place to do some work training online and stumbled upon Kate's! A very relaxed, little nook in the Rockford Library it is a great place to...more
  • The House Cafe

    I was just here April 14th, 2017. They must have Re-Opened. I enjoyed a reasonably priced Italian beef along with hummus and pita. The food is wonderful...more
  • Art & Alma's Century Inn

    Art &Almas is a really cool place! It's very much like a Wisconsin supper club. It's a little "tight" in the restaurant but that adds to the fun! The bar is...more
  • Maple Park Pub & Grill

    The best burger you'll find anywhere. Local beef and service is great. Beer is cold you need to stop in oh and enjoy the food coma you will get after their...more
  • Pub 64

    Stopped in here for a quick lunch with the guys while we were in town for the wedding. And we were not disappointed. The service was great, the beers were...more

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