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.

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  • Silver Spider

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  • 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
  • Lenoch & Cilek Ace Hardware

    So friendly and helpful. Immediately greeted and shown what I need (Quikrete)). Loaded it for me and all!!!more
  • Geoff's Bike & Ski

    By far the best bike shop in town! The staff is extremely friendly, professional and knowledgeable. We bought two bike last year and were nothing but...more

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  • 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
  • Heartland Yoga

    Heartland Yoga has the absolute best teachers: well-rounded, dedicated, loving, kind, lifelong learning, knowledgeable, intelligent and compassionate...more
  • Alchemy Strength & Conditioning

    New gym (2016), but even though the gym is new, I've been working with the head trainer (Ethon) for two or three years. As a small gym, the trainers know...more
  • CR Elite Strength Training

    Being in the health and wellness industry has made me skeptical about many personal trainers, if they do not know as much or more than me, then I will not...more
  • Pro-Fit Gym

    Aaron is a top notch coach and has put together a great facility. I don't live in town but when I do I come here. I can't say enough about them.more

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  • Salt Fork Kitchen

    This place is ridiculously delicious. We've been buying produce from the Salt Fork booth at the Iowa City Farmer's Market for years, so I was really...more
  • Baroncini

    ALWAYS DELICIOUS! Perfect spot for a date night. The Italian food is authentic and pastas are made in-house. I haven't had one thing there that I didn't...more
  • Wig & Pen Pizza Pub

    As Bill Murray once said, "Unless you are pizza, the answer is yes, I can live without you." He said that as he chowed down on the Flying Tomato at the Wig...more
  • Atlas Restaurant & Bar

    Good drinks and food. Very chill and quiet atmosphere. My favorite entree here is the Buffalo Chicken burrito.more
  • Big Grove Brewery & Taproom

    Great beer, great food, great atmosphere. Feels really comfortable to hang out there. It can get busy, in this case, take my advise and grab your drinks at...more

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