Rental Cars and Ridesharing

Zipcar Rentals 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. 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. Learn more at commute-options/zipcar.

UCSC Department Accounts for Zipcar Use for Short-term Business-related Travel
Information about departmental use of Zipcars is available at commute-options/zipcar.

Zimride Rideshare Program at UCSC

Zimride is UCSC's private rideshare program that provides an easy way to find friends, classmates and co-workers who are going the same way you are. Create an account with your UC Santa Cruz email address and you'll be saving money and sharing rides in no time.

How Does Zimride Work?
It's simple. If you have a car you split the costs by driving other UCSC students or employees. If you don't have a car you can use Zimride to find a ride where you need to go. You can save hundreds of dollars a month sharing your ride and help UCSC take a significant step in reducing our carbon footprint. Membership is free and easy. All UCSC students, staff, and faculty are eligible to sign-up for our private Zimride Rideshare Community using their campus email address. Learn more at on the UCSC Zimride page.

Use Zimride To Share Your Ride Home For Quarter Break
Zimride is a fun and easy way to share the seats in your car or catch a ride with classmates. With Zimride you can check out the profiles of your classmates before you share the ride. Add your ride offer or request now!

Rental Car Discounts for UCSC Affiliates

The offers and rebates shown below are for information purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of any of the listed products, services or programs.

Avis and Budget offer discounts for UCSC students, staff and faculty (see flier) who are 21 and over through their Choicebuys program. Learn more at (use code discount #U953603) and (use code discount #R792303). 

Greyhound Bus Service

Greyhound buses depart from and arrive at the Santa Cruz METRO Center, located at 920 Pacific Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz. Greyhound shares this facility with Highway 17 Express buses and Santa Cruz METRO Transit buses. Greyhound offers six daily schedules from this location. For fare and schedule information and to buy tickets call 1 (800) 231-2222 or visit the website at