How Zipcar works
When you’re approved, we’ll send you a Zipcard in the mail.
The commuter membership gets you exclusive access to a Zipcar and parking spot, Monday-Friday. Apply here.
Drive your Zipcar whenever you want during the workweek. Use the dedicated spot throughout the week.
How do I join Zipcar?
Apply online. Once approved, we’ll send your Zipcard by mail in 3-7 days. That’s your key to access cars in our network. Activate your Zipcard, and you’re good to go.
How much does Zipcar cost?
Zipcar for University membership starts at $15 a year. Reserve cars by the hour, starting at $7 per hour, or by the day, starting at $70 per day. Your trip includes gas, insurance, and 180 miles per day.
How soon can I drive with Zipcar?
Are there Zipcars near my university?
Zipcars live at more than 600 universities across North America. Type your address in the search bar below to find Zipcars near you.
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How much does a Zipcar cost at University of California, Santa Cruz? Estimate your next trip below.
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What types of cars can I drive?
Choose from cars to fit your needs or your mood—from compact sedans to larger cars or vans, we’ve got you covered on campus.
Is gas included?
Gas is on us! Need to fill up during your trip? Just use the gas card found behind the driver’s side visor. Every car should have at least ¼ tank to start (so kindly bring yours back that way, too.)
How many miles are included?
No matter where or how long you drive, 180 miles are included per day. Overages are billed at $.45 (or $.55 for premium cars or vans) per mile. Learn more.
How does Zipcar insurance coverage work?
All Zipcar members in good standing have third-party auto liability and Personal Injury Protection (PIP) or "no-fault" coverage. A $1,000 damage fee may apply which you can reduce or eliminate by buying an optional waiver. Learn more.
Join Students with Drive
Mentoring kids, helping Habitat for Humanity, volunteering in nursing homes. Across the USA, student organizations can go further on and off their campuses with the help of Zipcar. How does your student group help?
Show Zipcar your community-changing story through Students with Drive (and win some $$$).
Wheels when you want them, by the hour or day, and only pay for the time you reserve.
18 and up
If you’re a university student, you just need to be 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license to join.
Zipcar covers gas, insurance, parking, and maintenance for a potential savings of $600/month over car ownership.
Zipcars live right on your university campus. No waiting in line at the counter. Just book, and go.
All drivers welcome
If you’re an international student, don’t worry: we accept drivers from other countries!