Car Sharing: Zipcar at UT

Fast. Convenient. Affordable. Environmentally friendly.

With Zipcar on campus, it just got easier to live without a car.

Need a car? Borrow a Zipcar!

Members get:

  • Access to Zipcars 24/7.
  • Discounted hourly rates for university faculty, staff, and students age 18 and older: rates start at just $8.50 per hour.
  • Gas, insurance, and maintenance are included with every reservation!

Limited time offer: New members join for only $25 a year, and receive $35 in driving credit to use in your first month. After your first year, annual renewal fee is $35.

Zipcar Campus Locations

21st and San Jacinto6 cars at this location
Littlefield Dorm4 cars at this location

Members ages 18-20 have access to cars on campus and in Austin. Members 21 and older also have access to Zipcar's network of over 8,000 vehicles across the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom. View other Zipcar locations by address.


Weekend Rates

starting at $9.50 hourlystarting at $77 daily
special $8.50/hr rate for Ford Focus

Weekday Rates

starting at $8.50 hourlystarting at $69 daily
special $7.50/hr rate for Ford Focus

Students, faculty, and staff, for personal memberships:

  • Pay only $25 your first year, with no application fee. After your first year, annual renewal fee is $35.
  • New members receive a special $35 driving credit to use in their first month of membership.

Departments, for business memberships:

  • Receive free Zipcar department memberships.
  • Have an unlimited number of members that can be added to a department account.

All Zipcar reservations include gas, insurance, maintenance, and 180 miles per day.

All Vehicles equipped with an FDP permit

About the permit

  • The FDP permit is valid only in A, C, F, and UT Vehicle spaces as well as Longhorn Lots. It is not valid in any spaces that are restricted to a particular permit type or vehicle "AT ALL TIMES".
  • The FDP is valid in a Loading Zone (LZ) for 30 minutes with the vehicle's emergency lights flashing.
  • F14 parking is restricted to the Painter Hall service drive. F15 and F22 parking is limited to 4 p.m.-8 a.m.
  • The intent is to give mobility and flexibility to the campus.

How to Join

Personal memberships

Students, faculty & staff under 21, to be eligible, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have a valid driver’s license and have been licensed for at least one year (domestic and international driver's licenses are both eligible).
  • No more than one moving violation in the past 24 months.
  • Have had no alcohol related violations.

For everyone else, you must:

  • Be at least 21 years old.
  • Have a valid driver’s license and have been licensed for at least one year (domestic and international driver's licenses are both eligible).
  • Have had no more than two “incidents” (moving violations PLUS accidents) in the past three years and no more than one incident in the past 18 months.
  • Have had no major violations in the past three years.
  • Have had no alcohol related violations in the past seven years.

After you complete the quick online application, a thorough driving record check will be run by Zipcar. Pending approval, you will receive your Zipcard in less than a week and can begin reserving Zipcars and driving right away.

Department memberships

Account administrators:

  • To set up a department account, complete the department account application.
  • Once the application has been submitted, Zipcar will be in touch within three to five business days.
  • Department accounts are set up with paper billing. Departments should process a VP2 voucher for payment using Zipcar's UT EID, 2848EEAM, and include supporting documentation that identifies each trip's business purpose, date, and destination along with the name and UT EID of the driver.
  • Remember, Zipcar provides members with insurance so each person has to apply to the department account to drive a Zipcar.

Department members interested in joining an existing account:

  • You must meet the same qualifications under "Personal Memberships" listed above.
  • To join your department's existing Zipcar account, fill out the department membership application.
  • If you already have a personal account, your department will be added as a reservation billing option (a simple drop down box appears). Remember, only use the department billing option if you are reserving a Zipcar for business.

Zipcar Reservations

Once you become a member, you can reserve a Zipcar 6 different ways including online or in your iPhone. At the time of the reservation, a wireless signal is sent to the Zipcar. Just walk up to the reserved car, hold your Zipcard up to the windshield, and the doors and ignition will unlock. Your Zipcard will only open the car you've reserved during the time you reserved it, which means no one else can open your Zipcar during that time. The keys are inside tethered to the dashboard. Gas and insurance are included in the hourly rate. You just need to fill the tank using the Zipcar fuel card inside the car when it gets to ¼ full. When you're done, just return the Zipcar to its reserved parking spot.

Want to see how it's done? Check out this video.

Reserve Online

Reserve via iPhone

  • With the Zipcar iPhone App installed, you can locate available Zipcars, reserve, unlock and even honk the horn, all using the iPhone!

Reserve by Telephone

  • Using Zipcar's free automated service at 866-4ZIPCAR.
  • Making a reservation via phone at a cost of $3.50.

Car Share Contacts

Phone: PTS Car Share at 512-471-6214 | Zipcar at 1-866-4ZIPCAR (1-866-494-7227)
Online: Zipcar FAQs | Zipcar on Facebook