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Zipcar is the world's leading car sharing network with operations in urban areas and college campuses in eight countries, including over 500 cities and towns in 31 major metropolitan markets. Zipcar offers more than 50 makes and models of self-service vehicles by the hour or day to residents and businesses looking for smart, simple and convenient solutions to their urban and campus transportation needs. Zipcar is a subsidiary of Avis Budget Group, Inc,

Zipcar looks forward to working with CSUSM to build a successful car-sharing program and offer convenient, low carbon footprint transportation options for students, faculty, and staff as well as community members. Let’s get zipping!

The Basics: Rates and Fees

  • Cars are self-service and on-demand (the keys are right inside the cars!)
  • 2 cars live right on campus. They are located on the first floor of the parking structure on the east end
  • Gas, insurance, maintenance, and 180 miles/day are included in every reservation
  • CSUSM students, faculty and staff join for only $15*
  • Reservations start at $7.50/hour and $69/day
  • Community members can join for $70/year or $7/month with a one-time background check fee of $25.

24/7 Member Services team ready to assist: 1.866.4ZIPCAR (1-866-494-7227)

* The first annual fee is discounted by $10 (thanks to Ford); next annual fees are $25.

Joining and Eligibility

Any 18+ students or 21+ faculty, staff, or community members can apply so long as they have a valid driver’s license. This includes all international, too. After the quick online application is completed, Zipcar runs a driving record check. Once approved, the applicant receives his/her Zipcard in less than a week and can begin making reservations. A new Zipster is born!

The Cars

Zipcar will provide 2 vehicles to place right on campus on the first floor of the parking structure, the east end. All Zipcars arrive new and outfitted with wireless technology, which allows members access into the vehicles. They’ll also arrive branded, with a Zipcar co-pilot. Cars in our fleet are fuel-efficient, fun, and easy to drive.

How It Works:

  1. Apply online at It only takes a few minutes. Once you’re approved, you get your very own Zipcard.
  2. Reserve one of our cars at a low rate – for a couple of hours or the entire day. Do it online or use a phone.
  3. Walk to the car, and hold your Zipcard to the windshield. The doors will unlock, and it’s all yours!
  4. Drive away…and return the Zipcar to the same reserved parking spot at the end of your reservation. It’s that simple. And remember, gas and insurance are always included!

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