Car-Sharing

Car-sharing is an on-campus alternative to owning your own car and is becoming a popular option in the Twin Cities.

  • 24/7 access to vehicles
  • Minimum age is 18
  • Rates include gas and insurance

University Departments! Car-sharing can work for you too. It’s a perfect solution to your short-term vehicle needs – for meetings, research, meals or transportation for a visiting colleague.


On Campus Option           

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HOURCAR
 is the largest car-sharing operator in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Its fleet comprises a range of fuel-efficient hatchbacks, sedans, utility vehicles and pick-up trucks.

Sign up for HOURCAR and make reservations online.

  • $35 annual membership fee for University students, staff and faculty
  • No application fee or security deposit
  • Rates are typically $8/hour or $70/day on weekends ($60/day on weekdays)
  • Convenient on-campus locations:
    • EAST BANK
    • Washington Avenue Ramp — 2 vehicles
    • Lot C75 near Territorial Hall — 2 vehicles
    • Lot C43 near Sanford Hall (not available summer) — 2 vehicles
    • Discovery Lot near University Village — 1 vehicle
    • Printing Services Building, Como & 29th area (not available summer) — 1 vehicle
    • WEST BANK
    • 21st Avenue Ramp — 1 vehicle
    • ST. PAUL
    • Lot 101 on Commonwealth Avenue — 1 vehicle

Off Campus In Local Neighborhoods

Zipcar is a national car sharing and car club service. Learn more at www.zipcar.com 

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Car2go gets you where you want to go with vehicles and no fixed pick up or drop off stations. NOTE: University of Minnesota meters are NOT authorized drop-off locations and must be paid to park there (U of M meters are marked in yellow on campus maps). Learn more at http://minneapolis.car2go.com/ 

Planning a Short Trip?

Combine car-sharing and ride-sharing.


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