Zipcar at the University of Virginia

Zipcar Lives Here!

The University of Virginia and Zipcar, the world's largest car-sharing service, launched the Zipcar program at U.Va on November 17, 2009. A total of seven Zipcars are available for use 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The cars are located in four locations on Grounds and will be available to all faculty, staff, and students aged 18 and over. Gas, insurance, 180 free miles and roadside assistance are included in low hourly and daily rates.


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How to Join

Becoming a member of Zipcar is easy and is available to all U.Va faculty, staff, and students who are at least 18 years of age and have had a valid driver's license for at least one year. The program is also open to area residents who are at least 21 years of age and have had a valid driver's license for at least one year. Those with licenses issued from other countries outside the US are also able to enroll in the program.

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 Zipcar for Students

No car? No problem! Zipcar is the perfect solution for first year students, and a great alternative for upper classman who want to cut the costs of bringing a vehicle to Grounds. Zipcars are conveniently located near residential areas.

U.Va students between the ages of 18-20 are eligible to participate in the Zipcar program and will have access to the vehicles located on Grounds. Zipsters who are 21 and up will have access to Zipcars in any market, including those at VCU, William & Mary, and the nearby D.C. metro area!

International students are also welcome to join the Zipcar program. Students or employees with driver's licenses issued from countries outside of the US will need to contact their country's vehicle records department to obtain an official copy of their driving record. Click here for more information.

For students, Zipcar is only $35 a year and you also get $35 in free driving to use in the first month of your membership. Insurance, gas, and 180-miles are included in the reservation rates that start as low as $7.50 per hour and $69 per day. Visit to learn more about reservations, rates, and to get going!

 Zipcar for Faculty and Staff

Zipcars aren't just for students! Faculty and staff are also eligible for Zipcar membership and are encouraged to sign up for personal or business use. The annual membership fee is $35 for faculty and staff, and all members 21 and up will have access to 10,000 plus Zipcars located throughout the country, and even abroad! Planning a sabbatical to London? Zipcars live there too!

Department accounts are also available for employees to use Zipcars for business purposes. Employees who are interested in joining Zipcar for business use should contact their Administrator.

Zipcar for Departments

Zipcar can save U.Va Departments travel costs by giving employees access to low cost vehicle reservations rather than paying personal vehicle mileage reimbursements. Click here for more information.

Zipcar for Departments with Purchasing Cards (P-Cards)
Visit and click on "I'd like to open a new account for my department" to get your Department's account set-up.

Zipcar for Departments without a Purchasing Card (P-Card)
Please contact Jonathan Monceaux ( or 434-924-1378) for more information.

 Zipcar for Community Members

Members of the Charlottesville community (including the the surrounding counties) are also welcome to join the program. There is a one-time application fee of $25 for non-affiliates, and a $50 annual fee to use the program. Click here to get started.

Rules of the Road

All Zipcar members should know the 6 simple rules of being a Zipster:

  • Report Damage: Before you drive away, inspect your Zipcar and report any damage to 1-866-4ZIPCAR.
  • Keep It Clean: Please remove all your belongings from the car before you say goodbye.
  • No Smoking: Not even with the windows down. The cars don't like it. Fines apply.
  • Fill er Up: Always leave at least a 1/4 tank. Use the fuel card above the driver's visor.
  • Pets in Carriers: Keep your critter in a pet carrier at all times.
  • Return on Time: Late fees start at $50. Got an emergency? Call us right away to see if your reservation can be extended (1-866-4ZIPCAR).

There are also some guidelines specific to U.Va:

  • Parking: Permit parking is strictly enforced at the University of Virginia. Zipcars are not permitted to park in any permit enforced lot or garage during enforcement times. Members are responsible for any citation, meter fee, or parking fee incurred during their reservation.
  • McCormick Road Gates: Zipcars are not granted access through the McCormick Road gates.


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