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.

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    Had our carpet installed last Friday. Mario,Tim and I am sorry to say I did not catch the name of the other gentleman. They did a wonderful job. I would...more
  • Ulta Beauty

    I lived here back when this location opened and I hated it. Came back for a visit and couldn't have been happier. All of the girls were so chatty and...more
  • Lockers Flowers

    Have ordered flowers for delivery several times and have always had a great experience - even during the busiest days (Mother's Day, Valentine's Day). Nice...more
  • Marry Me Floral

    Mary is AMAZING and a blast to work with. She is creative, energetic, and a genuinely nice person. She designed, made, and delivered flowers for my October...more
  • Dalman's Evergreens

    Dalman's was an easy place to grab our Christmas tree this year. The trees were in good shape and reasonable priced. While we normally cut our own tree,...more

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  • Iddy Biddy Pool School

    We've been going here for about 4 years with two kids, and it has been great the entire time. Friendly coaches who are very knowledgable in what they teach....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
  • Gumfarm Hunt Club

    Great place to hunt pheasants and train the dogs... Had a great time and would recommend to anyone!more
  • Laser Quest-Rockford

    This place is always a good time, very nostalgic because it's a place you would come to only if someone had a birthday party. They recently moved some stuff...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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  • Ellwood Steak And Fish House

    We had a wonderful experience at Ellwood Steak House. First of all our waitress Samantha was absolutely the best. Super attentive, made great...more
  • Art & Alma's Century Inn

    Love this place! Went here for breakfast. Has the biscuits & gravy. Probably the best I've ever had. Everything tasted fresh. The staff was very...more
  • Eggspress

    Excellent. Dont be turned away by plastic containers ans utensils. Really good fresh homemade fast good valuemore
  • Jason's Deli

    Best Deli chain. Good sandwiches, good salads and good soups. Plus free ice cream!more
  • Thai Hut

    Curries were right to the requested spice level with a rich broth and a nice balance of veggies and protein. Portions were reasonable (not at all skimpy but...more

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