The Zipcar Program at UCSC

Zipcar for Personal Use
Wish you had a car to get your surfboard to the surf? Need a vehicle to get you and your friends off campus or to go shopping? Want to go hiking at a local park? Happy to ride the bus or your bike, but sometimes need access to a car? Zipcar is the answer. Zipcar is a membership-based car rental program providing self-service access to vehicles on campus, 24/7. At UCSC, all UCSC students 18 years of age and older, and staff and faculty, are eligible to join Zipcar for affordable, convenient access to a car when needed, for personal use. Reserve a car online by the hour or day - just pay as you go. Avoid all the hassles and costs of car ownership. Prices from $5.50 per hour - includes all vehicle fees, gas, insurance, mileage and reserved parking. Learn more from Zipcar.

All members 18 years of age and older can now use any Zipcar, anywhere in the United States. Use Zipcars near your home, when you travel, or here in Santa Cruz.

Parking Zipcars On Campus
Zipcars may park in any non-reserved parking space on campus without an additional UCSC parking permit. Please note that designated Zipcar parking spaces may only be used by Zipcars stationed in that specific area.

UCSC Department Accounts for Zipcar Use for Short-term Business-related Travel
Please note: Student employees 18 years of age and older are now eligible to drive Zipcars for UC-related short-term business travel. All business travel through Zipcar MUST be made on a departmental Zipcar account for insurance reasons.

After a department establishes a Zipcar account, individual staff business accounts for each potential traveler in the department can be set up. The process for setting up a departmental account with individual user accounts is explained in the attached PDF.

Once an account has been set up and individual users have been approved for Zipcar use for business travel, short-term trips (up to 24 hours) that are 180 miles or less roundtrip are allowed. If department business travel needs exceed either or both of these restrictions, Zipcar should not be used; instead, rental cars may be obtained through UCSC Fleet Services or the UC rental car contract agencies - National/Enterprise or Hertz.

The purpose of the UC business trip must be documented at the time of your Zipcar reservation. A departmental business Zipcar account may not be used for personal travel. Only staff approved for membership by Zipcar may drive Zipcars.

Zipcar for Community Members
Santa Cruz Community residents 21 years of age and older can also join Zipcar.

Current Zipcar Locations

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of Zipcars on campus may be reduced and locations may vary. Check the Zipcar app or website to confirm available vehicles.

  • East Remote parking lot (on campus) - inventory may include trucks, minivans, and cargo vans during move-out and move-in times; details at Zipcar
  • Barn Theater parking lot (base of campus)
  • Lower John R. Lewis parking lot (on campus)
  • Crown/Merrill Apartments parking lot (on campus)
  • Heller and McLaughlin Drives intersection (on campus)
  • Olive and Mission Streets (westside Santa Cruz by CVS)
  • Blackburn and Laurel Streets (downtown Santa Cruz)
  • Cathcart and Cedar Streets (downtown Santa Cruz)
  • Cedar and Center Streets (downtown Santa Cruz)
  • Soquel Avenue and Pine Street (by Whole Foods)
  • Swift Street (between Heath and Jeter Streets, Westside Santa Cruz)

Note that vehicle availability may fluctuate at some locations at certain times of the year.