Car Share


Zipcar is the world's largest car sharing network!  A carshare service gives faculty, students staff (who are 18 years+) access to use vehicles at SDSU for trips on and off-campus. Cars are available 24/7 in Parking Lots 5 and 8 (coming soon) (see Campus Map). Other off-street parking Zipcars can also be found at BLVD 63 and Sterling Alvarado Apartments.

How to use Zipcar?

  • Step 1: Apply for a Zipcar membership
  • Step 2: Reserve a Zipcar for an hour, an afternoon or the whole day. Do it online or on your phone via the Zipcar mobile app.
  • Step 3: Walk to your chosen Zipcar car and hold your Zipcard against the windshield. The doors will unlock and the keys will be inside.
  • Step 4: When your time is almost up, return your Zipcar to its original parking spot. Be sure to follow all instructions provided on the Zipcar website.

What is included?

  • Gas
  • Insurance
  • Miles (up to 180 miles/day)
  • Your own Zipcard
  • The mobile app (free download for iOS and Android)

Use Zipcar as an alternative to the costs and hassles of owning or renting a car through their network of shared on-demand vehicles!   Zipcars are self-service with easy-to-use mobile app keys and booking systems.  Join at approved, you can book cars instantly with the Zipcar app.

Not a student?/Faculty, student leader, alumni or staff?  If you’re affiliated with San Diego State University, you may still be eligible for a discount on your Zipcar membership.


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What is Zipcar doing during COVID-19?

Additional information regarding Zipcar's measures to safeguard its drivers during COVID-19 can be found here.