On almost every college campus, parking is a huge problem for students. There are never enough parking spaces, and the parking that is available is usually very limited, and very expensive. Even if you can find a parking spot, chances are you’ll have to pay for it.
Parking isn’t the only hassle associated with having a car on campus. Students also have to deal with the school’s rules, and many colleges do not even allow freshmen to have a car on campus.
Having a car, especially in college, can be very costly. It’s just one more thing to pay for that students don’t really need or use often enough.
Even though car ownership can be a hassle, sometimes students really do need a car so that they can easily grocery shop, do laundry, run errands, drive to an off-campus job, or just to visit home. Doing a big grocery run on the bus, or trying to pile all your dirty laundry in order to Uber to the laundromat is likely not that fun or enjoyable.
Luckily, Zipcar, the world’s largest car sharing service, makes it easy for students to access a car whenever they need. The service is now available on more than 600 college campuses.
Your student can join Zipcar for less than the cost of a campus parking ticket (only $15). As long as your son or daughter is over 18 years old, and has a valid driver’s license, they’re eligible to join. Even international students can use the service. Find out if your student’s school zips!
We spoke with several parents to find out more about their students’ experience using Zipcar. Here’s what they shared:
“My daughter uses Zipcar at Purdue University. She loves it because it is much easier for her than taking a bus to Target, which ends up being a 90 minute ride as opposed to a 15 minute ride with Zipcar.” -Amy, Purdue Mom
“All three of my kids have used Zipcar at different times during their college days and have enjoyed the experience. My daughter just used it last weekend to go to the local CVS.” -Ermina, Vassar, University of Miami & Vanderbilt Mom
“Zipcar was so much less expensive than sending a car to college with my son. We saved on insurance, car maintenance, and no longer had an extra car payment. This made it easy to say “No” when my son wanted to take his car to campus.” – Jane, Colorado State University Mom
With a Zipcar student membership, your son or daughter will have self-service access to cars 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The cars are easy to reserve online, or with a mobile device, and they can be reserved for an hour, or even a few days.
Students can pick from sedans, hybrids, vans and others, depending on what’s available on their campus. Because many Zipcars are located right on or near campus, pickup and drop-off is really easy.
The membership fee even includes gas, insurance, and 180 free miles.
Zipcar’s Student Membership is only $15. Reservation rates vary depending on where you drive and the type of car you’re driving, but typically range from $8-10/hour, including gas and insurance. Experts estimate that students that use Zipcar save more than $500 a month compared to car ownership.
Zipcar is really easy to use. First, apply for Zipcar’s Student Membership. Once approved, your student will receive a Zipcard that they’ll use to access Zipcars.
Use the mobile app or website to reserve a Zipcar for an hour or several days.
When it’s time for your reservation, unlock your Zipcar with your Zipcard. The keys will be inside the car.
Drive Zipcar for the time you’ve reserved. You’re able to extend the time using the mobile app or by text message if needed.
Drop off your Zipcar in the designated parking spot. Lock up with the app or your Zipcard, and you’re done!
For students that need to leave campus for work, to volunteer, or just to run errands, Zipcar is a convenient and inexpensive transportation solution that parents love too. Click here to sign your student up for a Zipcar membership today.
Note: This post contains affiliate links. UniversityParent may receive compensation for any users that sign up for Zipcar using these links. While this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.
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