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.

  • Scheels

    It is always my first stop on trips down to Coral Ridge Mall. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable to a certain degree. 80% of the time there are...more
  • Von Maur

    Great customer service, free wrapping for Christmas, birthdays and all gifts. Easy exchanges and returns, unlike many other stores. They will also order...more
  • Technology Associates

    I took my Macbook Pro to Tech Associates at 9am on a Tuesday. They told me there were two possibilities: either my hard drive failed or the cable connecting...more
  • Stuff Etc

    Well appointed consignment shop. Take your time and explore. No telling what treasures you might find.more
  • Herteen & Stocker

    I have told everyone I know about this place (well, girls, anyway) because of my fantastic experience. I needed a new wedding band bc I did not do a great...more

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  • Jazzercise Fitness Center

    Jazzercise Iowa City is phenomenal!! The owner and instructors are friendly, genuine and take what they do seriously!! Not the old aerobics of the 80s and...more
  • Sugar Bottom Recreation Area

    We visited Sugar Bottom for a beach day. The area was beautiful! It has a number of paths and what seems like a nice camping area (although we weren't there...more
  • Cedar Rapids Kernels

    Catching a baseball game at Kernel's Stadium is one of the many perfect ways to soak up a summer evening in Iowa. So far I've only ever sat in the group...more
  • Brown Deer Golf Course

    We stopped here on a Sunday afternoon and were pleasantly surprised by the friendly and professional service received from the entire staff. Elevated tees...more
  • Palisades-Kepler State Park

    Another college favorite outdoor spot. I've seen the following activities take place...more

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  • Nile Ethiopian Restaurant

    Wow! If you are looking for a different date night experience you have to check this place out! I'm not well versed in Ethiopian food, but my SO and I...more
  • EI Bajio

    Stopped in here the night before a flight home from a business trip last week - what a great choice! The young server was very friendly/attentive and kept...more
  • The Wig & Pen Pizza Pub

    I lived in Chicago for five years and missed our deep dish pizza badly. Then I found Wig & Pen. Bravo! So much cheese! And the sauce is really delicious and...more
  • Reds Alehouse

    Burger is amazing. Fried cheese curds though were the best I've rated in a long time. Anywhere in the country. Like the best. Fresh curd with a thin beer...more
  • Short's Burger and Shine

    You gotta love Short's for picking one thing, and doing a great job at it. I've been visiting this restaurant for several years, and it's always a favorite...more

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