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zipcars nearby

(hint: they're right around campus)

what's it cost

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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what's included

You get daily miles
with each reservation.
Road Trip?

Free gas.
Yep, free.

Insurance included.
We've got you covered.


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

where can i go

There's a lot to do around UC Santa Cruz. Here are just a few ideas.

  • Cameron Marks Boutique

    I absolutely love this store! I don't live in the Santa Cruz area but when I'm up , I try to come here as often as I can. They have unique gift items and...more
  • Cali Style

    I love this store! The local skate shop is something harder to find these days. Its a bummer they're going out of business. I wish everyone there the...more
  • Stripe Men

    After checking out the Stripe storefront 2 doors down we walked out and noticed Stripe Men. this place is awesome. Women and children's boutique stores are...more
  • The Abbey

    Love this place! If you are looking for a great quiet place for coffee a snack and wi-fi or even a great meeting place This is IT! There's plenty of...more
  • O'Neill

    I love the Psychotech 5.5/4 hooded wetsuit with "Technobutter" neoprene. This is the warmest, most flexible, lightest, fastest drying suit I've every had....more

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  • Hunter's Point

    For me, this walk/hike is one of those, low effort high reward kinda stuff! Great views once you reach Hunter's Point. Do it , it's easy and would be over...more
  • Surf School Santa Cruz

    This is a great business. I had a dude named Zack teach me and he's really young but very experienced. I feel like the price is fair and I learned how to...more
  • Pogonip

    Pogonip is a great area for quick day hikes (and apparently mountain biking!). The majority of it is shaded nicely by trees so it stays relatively cooler...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

    My Labrador retrievers love this beach! It's off-leash. They get to run with lots'a canine pals until they drop from exhaustion. A tired dog is a happy...more

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  • West End Tap & Kitchen

    It was recommended by our local airbnb host. We are so happy we did it! They've done great job on the menu. A great fusion list. We were immediately caught...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
  • Zachary's Restaurant

    This place is awesome! Great food great atmosphere great people! The trifecta!! I had the pancake breakfast...they were perfect! The chicken apple sausage...more
  • Shadowbrook

    I honestly cannot say enough about Shadowbrook! I love this place. The scenery, the food, the staff, the tables, the ambience, the pricing, everything is...more
  • Cafe Cruz Rosticceria & Bar

    I have not been here a lot but the few times I have I have found the service to be consistent and responsive. I have enjoyed the 1/2 roast chicken, the...more

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