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Students & Faculty

HOURCAR is a great choice for students and faculty on campuses that are well-served by public transit and where parking is like playing Duck, Duck, Grey Duck. We’re the official car-sharing partner of the University of Minnesota, and we have several hubs on or near campuses all over the Twin Cities. We give you the freedom to bike or ride the bus to campus, while offering the security of knowing a car is available if you need one. HOURCAR makes it easy and affordable for students and faculty to navigate campus every day.

Choosing a Plan

Students, Faculty, and Staff of an accredited college or university are eligible to join our individual and household student plan. It has the same great features as our Voyager plan but with discounted hourly and daily rates. We’ve waived application fees and we’ll match the discounted $40 annual fee in driving credit back to your account. With hubs located in and around most colleges in the metro, it’s easy to hop in an Hourcar and get off campus. Students can assemble your crew for a grocery run or a night out. Faculty and staff can bike to work or take transit to campus, and still have the ability to go out for lunch or run a quick errand. College is hard. Hourcar is easy.

University Departments at local colleges and universities can take advantage of our excellent nonprofit organization plan. Departments at the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities can choose a plan designed specifically for them. All of our institution plans are great for college departments that need to send people back and forth from campus to the community. Get your researchers out of the office and into the field without constantly processing mileage and ride-sharing reimbursements. Hourcar lets you focus on your work instead of paperwork.

Rates & Fees

To qualify for a student or faculty plan, you must sign up with your .edu email address and provide some form of verification that you are a current student or employee of an accredited college or university.

All fees are nonrefundable, and all charges are subject to 17.075% tax in Saint Paul and 17.225% in Minneapolis, which includes city sales (0.5%), state sales (6.875%), transit improvement sales and use (0.5%) and motor vehicle rental (9.2%) taxes, plus additional Hennepin County sales (0.15%) tax in Minneapolis. Driving credit cannot be used to pay state and local taxes. Qualified tax-exempt nonprofits should contact us to apply an exemption to your account.

Individual Students & Faculty Plan

  • Application fee: None.
  • Membership fee: $40 per year or $4.50 per month.
    • Annual fee matched to your account in driving credit upon payment.
  • Hourly rate: $8.50 per hour.
    • 100 free miles, then $0.40 per mile.
    • Midnight Hours: $5.50 per hour from 12:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.
    • Overnight Max: Hourly rate total capped at $30 between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.
    • Increased Access Hubs: Not available.
  • Daily rate: $65 Monday-Thursday and $75 Friday-Sunday.
    • 100 free miles, then $0.40 per mile.

Nonprofit Organization Plan

  • Application fee: First 5 drivers are free, then $25 per driver.
  • Membership fee: $25 per year.
  • Damage fee waiver: First 5 drivers are free, then $10 per driver.
  • Workday rate: $7.50 per hour from 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday – Friday
    • 100 free miles, then $0.35 per mile.
    • Workday Max: $40 between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
    • Increased Access Hubs: Not available.
  • Off Work rate: $9.50 per hour.
    • 100 free miles, then $0.35 per mile.
    • Overnight Max: Hourly rate total capped at $30 between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.
    • Daily Rates: $65 Monday-Thursday and $75 Friday-Sunday.
    • Increased Access Hubs: Not available.

University of Minnesota Departmental Plan

  • Application fee: $25 per driver.
  • Membership fee: None.
  • Damage fee waiver: First 5 drivers are free, then $10 per driver.
  • Hourly rate: $8.50 per hour.
    • 100 free miles, then $0.40 per mile.
    • Midnight Hours: $5.50 per hour from 12:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.
    • Overnight Max: Hourly rate total capped at $30 between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.
    • Increased Access Hubs: Not available.
  • Daily rate: $65 Monday-Thursday and $75 Friday-Sunday.
    • 100 free miles, then $0.40 per mile.

Submit Your Application

Submit an application for an individual student or faculty account, create a nonprofit organization account, or join an existing account. We’ll process your application in one to two business days, ensure all drivers meet the membership qualifications, and set up your student ID to scan in and out of the cars. Still have questions? We can help with that.