Zipcar is a car-sharing program, an alternative to car ownership that gives you wheels when you want them, a variety of vehicle types to chose from, and options to rent by the hour or day. Transportation partners with Zipcar to bring car-sharing to campus. UCSF members can join for $15; after the first year, members will pay an annual membership fee of $25.
- Cars are self-service and on-demand (the keys are right inside the cars!)
- Gas, maintenance, insurance, and up to 180 miles of driving per day are included
- Rates starting as low as $8.50 per hour and $77 per day
- Vehicles are available on UCSF’s campus and Zipcars have designated parking spots for convenient pick-up and return
- Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to faculty, staff, and student members
How it Works
Join: Apply online at UCSF’s Zipcar website.
It only takes a few minutes. Once you’re approved, you get your very own Zipcard
Reserve: Reserve a car online or use the mobile app
Unlock: Walk to the car, and hold your Zipcard to the windshield and the doors unlock
Drive: Drive away and return the Zipcar to the same reserved parking spot at the end of your reservation
Any 18+ students or 21+ faculty and staff can apply, so long as they’ve been a licensed driver for at least one year; this also includes international users. After the quick online application is completed, Zipcar runs a driving record check. Once approved, the applicant receives a Zipcard in less than a week and can begin making reservations. Apply online at UCSF’s Zipcar website.
UCSF departments can create departmental accounts with the convenience of direct billing for the Zipcar service. Authorized employees may reserve and use Zipcars to facilitate university business using their departmental accounts and save the time and energy required to submit reimbursement requests. Using a UCSF Zipcar departmental account is a convenient way for employees to access a vehicle for university business when they have to travel off-site for meetings, work or need to transport equipment. Using this option can save departments substantial amounts of capital and operational expenses by forgoing the need to purchase vehicles for the occasional business need vs simply renting a vehicle by the hour.
Zipcar Locations & Vehicles Available
Laurel Heights Campus - 2 vehicles
Mission Bay 3rd Street Garage - 4 vehicles
Mission Center 15th/Folsom - 4 vehicles
Mount Zion Scott/Bush - 2 vehicles
Parnassus Kirkham/5th - 1 vehicle
Parnassus Millberry Union - 6 vehicles
Indiana/19th St. - 1 vehicle
For more information, please visit the UCSF Zipcar website.