UC Santa Cruz


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

(gas and insurance included!)

Join Zipcar and save $10 off membership, thanks to Ford.
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in partnership with:

UC Santa Cruz

What is Zipcar?

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

  • 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.
  • Membership starts as low as $7/month.

how it works

1. join

Apply now! Once approved, you’ll get your Zipcard. This magical, little card unlocks thousands of cars, trucks and vans across the globe.

2. reserve

Book a Zipcar for a couple hours or the whole day. Do it online or on your phone via our mobile app. We’re easy.

3. tap

Walk to the car and hold your Zipcard to the windshield. Ta da. The doors will unlock and it’s all yours.

4. drive!

Go! When your time is almost up, return the car to the same reserved parking spot. Then you are all done!

how it works video

find Zipcars nearby

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

What It Costs

Students join for $25 and get $35 in driving credit (save $10 thanks to Ford)

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

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I'd like to join my department's existing account. 

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I'd like to open a new account for my department. 

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

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

what's included


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


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


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 UC Santa Cruz. Here are just a few ideas.

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  • The Abbey

    This is a great coffee shop. Definitely not a Starbucks, way better. The customer service is impeccable. I had just walked up to the register, cashier was...more
  • Capitola Beach Company

    We were in town over the Labor Day weekend and thought it would be fun to take a surf lesson with my 10 year old son. So after a smidgen of research I...more
  • Zinnia's Home & Garden

    Love this cute little boutique. Every time I go by Starbucks I have to take a stroll through zinnia's. Perfect place to buy gifts and neat household trinkets.more
  • Om Gallery

    I absolutely love this store! it has so many beautiful things and it makes me feel at peace just walking in here. the lanterns displayed all over the store...more

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  • Seymour Marine Discovery Center

    Love this little museum, very personal, less crowded, we got a very close look at all the sea creatures here, didn't over look all the tiny details I would...more
  • Twin Lakes State Beach

    We went to the beach at it was absolutely lovely ! Will definitely go again! Great place to go with kids and family with a place to play volleyball as well!more
  • Lighthouse Field State Beach

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    I have been on the two-day Point Reyes and three-day Half-Dome trips with Treks and Tracks. It is difficult for me (a layman in terms of backpacking) to...more
  • Pleasure Point

    I came here to surf and the swell was awesome. The view was outstanding and I came to honor the grave of Jay Moriarity. A surfing legend who surfed at this...more

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  • Linda's Seabreeze Cafe

    Seriously don't know why it took me so long to discover this place. (Thanks mom! ) Because I've tried so many good breakfast places in SF and LA, I just...more
  • The Hophead Public House

    I made my 2nd trek to the Hophead last night. The food has been fantastic both times I've eaten there. This time I had the Pulled Pork Fries......more
  • The Water Street Grill

    What a neat place! Looks average from the street, but inside is a cozy little gem! The help is super friendly and the food is fantastic. Well made onion...more
  • Cafe Cruz Rosticceria & Bar

    We came with a party of 11, and we had great service and food. It's late November, and they seated us outside for dinner. I thought it would be too cold,...more
  • Mission St BBQ

    I was given two tasks 1. find meat 2. find a place without door seating.. My answer-- Mission Street BBQ. It is always amazing seeing the OG SBC crew....more

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