Washington University in St. Louis partners with Car Share, the car sharing program from Enterprise Rent-A-Car, to bring the convenience of car sharing to the WashU community.
Car sharing is when members of a community share a fleet of vehicles. In the WashU Car Share program, members may rent vehicles by the hour from many dedicated spaces across campus. Car Share vehicles are located at several areas on campus. Every member of the WashU community over the age of 18 is eligible to apply for Car Share membership.
How the Car Share Program Works
You must be a member to participate. Membership is free for WashU community members. Visit the Car Share website to apply for membership.
Once your membership has been processed, you will receive your membership information and smartcard in approximately three to five days.
Reserving a Car
As a member, you may reserve a car on the Enterprise CarShare smartphone app or by logging into the Car Share website and placing a reservation. Car sharing is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week! To ensure you can get the time and location you want, please reserve as far in advance as possible.
Accessing a Car
With a valid reservation, simply access the vehicle electronically with your smartcard, grab the keys from the glovebox and be on your way. Return the car to the reserved CarShare parking space by the end of the reservation time.
To learn more about joining CarShare, reserving and accessing a car, retuning your rental, billing and more, please read CarShare’s FAQs.
Advantages of Car Sharing
SMART AND ECONOMICAL
When you participate in car sharing, you can have a vehicle at your fingertips when you need one but avoid the hassles and expense of having a car on campus when you don’t. Members pay one low hourly rate that includes gas, physical damage/liability protection and 24/7 Member Services & Roadside Assistance. Sharing a car through Car Share also saves parking costs and provides a reserved parking space.
GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
Studies have shown that similar car sharing programs have been successful in significantly reducing the number of vehicles on the road (up to 15 personal vehicles for each car sharing vehicle). Additionally, the CarShare vehicles on campus are all hybrid or electric.