Zipcar is the world's largest car sharing network with four Zipcars located conveniently right on campus.

An alternative to traditional car rental or ownership. Anyone 18 years or older, with a valid driver’s license (international OK) is eligible to rent from Zipcar. CSULB students, faculty and staff can take advantage of an 75% off discount on membership. Join with your email address and your membership rate is only $20 per year (normally $90).

Zipcar members pay a monthly or annual membership fee in addition to a reservation/usage charges. Members can reserve Zipcars with the mobile app or online through the Zipcar website at any time up to a year in advance. Zipcars can be reserved by the hour or by the day.

Members have automated access to Zipcars using an access card, which works in conjunction with the car's technology to unlock the door. The keys will be located inside. Zipcar also offers an iPhone or Android application that allows members to honk the horn to locate a Zipcar and unlock the doors (how cool is that?).

Zipcar charges a one-time application fee, an annual fee, and a reservation charge. Fuel, parking, insurance, and car maintenance are included in the membership price.

Zipcar currently has four cars on campus, two in Lot G6 and two in Lot E2.

  • Step 1: Apply for a Zipcar membership.
  • Step 2: Reserve a Zipcar by the hour or by the 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 or unlock using the mobile app. 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.

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


Zipcar is a private, independent company and not affiliated with the CSU or providing services in partnership with CSULB. Please visit the Zipcar website for full rental terms and conditions, services they provide, and additional eligibility restrictions.