University of Iowa


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

(gas and insurance included!)

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University of Iowa

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 University of Iowa?

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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 U Iowa faculty or staff member and I'd like to use Zipcar for personal driving.

I'm not affiliated with U Iowa and I'd like to use the Zipcars in Iowa City. 

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 University of Iowa. Here are just a few ideas.

  • Record Collector

    Record Collector has been a landmark for me in Iowa City. They always have something playing over the loud speakers that blows my mind that I'm usually...more
  • Geoff's Bike & Ski

    I wish there was a sixth star available. Ok, it wasn't a big deal, a broken brake cable and a tune up on a kid's bike. A cheap kid's bike. First, they...more
  • Haunted Bookshop

    Located near the fabled Iowa Writer's Workshop, who knows how many generations of broke poets & novelists have had to lose a carton or two of books on their...more
  • Silver Spider

    A note from a loyal Silver Spider serial shopper... a repeat customer, to say the least. This is a supremely cool and eclectic one stop gift shop oozing...more
  • Von Maur

    I'm thrifty. There I said it. Frugal, economical, sparing, penny-wise -- they all describe me. That being said, Von Maur is where I choose to splurge....more

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  • Core Fitness Iowa

    I originally joined at the Iowa City location but I go to North Liberty about half the time. Good things about Core: * Multiple locations - east Iowa City,...more
  • Martha Gordon Yoga Studio

    Martha Gordon is one fierce queen of yoga! The studio is clean and welcoming, with plenty of mirrors for checking your form, a lovely lounge area where...more
  • Anytime Fitness

    This is an update to a four star review I had given earlier. I've reconsidered and am upgrading this facility to five stars. It is a shining example of...more
  • FW Kent County Park

    What a beautiful park this is! The centerpiece is a small lake available for public use. There is a beach for swimming, a boat ramp and fishing permitted....more
  • Colonial Bowling Lanes

    Best night of my life. Jell-o shots and raw chicken were absolutely stellar. Went to the Dairy Queen afterwards, also blew my mind, and I'm not easily...more

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  • Clinton Street Social Club

    The coolest place in Iowa city! You have to know where your going because it's just a door front on the street. You open the door & walk up this narrow...more
  • Nodo Downtown

    Such a fun and hip place. The food was unique and so good! We will definitely head back again.more
  • EI Bajio

    We visited again because they have the best tacos in town. I HAD to have tacos because a) I love tacos and b) I was completing a social media challenge for...more
  • El Sol Mexican Cuisine

    Wonderful Mexican food in a small venue. Great service. Always good food, on point pricing. Oh and they have great margaritas! A must try for your next...more
  • Chez Grace

    When you go to a restaurant, it is always helpful to have an idea what the general routine is for a standard patron. Coming to Chez Grace, I had some...more

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