Students are heading back to college, and if you’re wondering how (not to mention if) your loved one is going to come home on the occasional weekend, Zipcar may be the answer. ZipcarÃ‚ is the world’s largest car sharing and car club service, offering an alternative to traditional car rental and car ownership.
Right now Zipcar is offering a $0 application fee for college students (normally $25) and a $15 annual membership fee (also normally $25 for students) when you sign up here. Your membership fee gives you access to rent Zipcars hourly or by the day throughout the entire upcoming school year, for as little as one hour or as long as seven days.Ã‚ Depending on the campus, faculty and staff may also be able to get in on these low membership rates.
Perks I see specifically for college students:
- You don’t have to park on campus – score!
- You don’t have to be 25 to rent a car
- It includes everything you need, even gas and insurance. Your rental fee also includes up to 180 miles per day.
How to Sign Up
To get started, enter your school here, then click “Go.” If you can’t find your school, you can contact them to ask to bring Zipcar to your college or university campus.Ã‚ If you live in Minnesota or Wisconsin, I found these colleges and universities currently partner with Zipcar:
- University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
- University of Wisconsin – Madison
- University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
- Winona State University
Of course, there are many other colleges and universities around the country and the world that also participate.
How to Use Zipcar
Once your application is approved, you’ll receive your member Zipcard in the mail, which you will need to access the Zipcars. Then, you simply go online to Zipcar.com to reserve a car, go to the location to pick it up, hold your Zipcard to the windshield to unlock the doors, then start driving. At the end of your reservation, you return the car to the same reserved parking lot.
If you’ve used Zipcar before, we’d love to hear about your experience. Please leave a comment and share any tips you have.