Many universities across the country are trying to decrease their carbon footprint by encouraging students to car share or partake in ‘take-a-mate’ schemes when travelling to uni each day. Not only is it better for the environment, but it’ll work out cheaper for students looking to save a few pennies.
Student car shares are arranged by lots of university as a free service, and usually they’ll offer an online facility by which students can register their interest in car sharing. Students will then be matched with a partner based on set university criteria, as well as their own preferences – such as where they live, their timetable or whether they would prefer to car share with a male or female.
Not only this, but car shares aren’t just for car owners - you can register even if you’re just looking for a lift. It’ll still be more cost-effective for the driver if they’re able to split the petrol costs!
How do I find a student car share?
Speak to your student union to find out if there are any car share schemes set up at your university. More often than not, your university will have a formal scheme that will encourage car sharing by making it easy and convenient to sign up.
They’ll also, having a keen interest in safety, keep track of who is sharing with who, and when they’ll be commuting together to give you some peace of mind. These facilities will also allow you to register your interest so that you can travel with a partner that is convenient to both of your locations.
What are the benefits of a student car share scheme?
It’s better for the environment
There’s no two ways about it – student car sharing is considerably better for the environment than everyone taking a separate car. By halving the population of students driving to lectures, it’ll reduce carbon emissions and congestion in and around student cities. No-one likes sitting in traffic, after all!
It’ll probably work out cheaper
Aside from splitting the petrol costs, lots of universities will offer discounts on parking permits to student car sharers as an incentive for partaking in the scheme. Parking permits can be expensive, and there usually aren’t too many of them available, so it’ll be an added bonus if you can get a parking spot on campus. Your university may even provide priority parking spots for car sharers, so it’s worth investigating.
You might make some new friends
There’s nothing like a road trip to really bond with someone. Interesting taste in music aside, your car share partner might become your new best friend, making your commute to uni all the more enjoyable.
3 tips for finding the right student car share scheme
Make sure to stay safe - make sure you let someone know who you’re travelling with, when you’re leaving, and how long it should take to get there so that they can make sure you arrive safely. Charge your phone and take it with you – just in case.
You can pull out at any time
If you’re not entirely comfortable with who you’ve been partnered with, remember that you are allowed to pull out of the student car share arrangement at any time. Make sure to show each other your IDs before getting in a car together.
Meet in a mutually beneficial location
When meeting your car share partner for the first time, rather than giving them your home address straight off the bat, arrange to meet them in a mutually convenient and public location – just until you get to know them a bit better. This will ultimately give yourself, your friends and your university peace of mind.
What car insurance do you need at university?
If you decide to keep your car with you at uni and you already have a car insurance policy in place, it’s important to make sure that your policy covers your new university address.
As part of your insurance quotation you may also have needed to confirm details such as your term time address and where your car is parked overnight (e.g. on a driveway), so it’s worth speaking to your insurer to make sure your policy details are still up to date and correct.
Student car insurance
If you don’t already have cover in place, you may want to consider taking out student car insurance for your time at university. Here at Endsleigh we can offer a range of flexible benefits on your student car insurance, with optional RAC breakdown cover at discounted student rates.
Black box car insurance
If you’ve only just passed your driving test, you may find that your car insurance is still quite expensive while you build up your No Claims Bonus. Our black box car insurance can help with that!
Working with ingenie, 3 times a year, we’ll use your driving data to work out if you’ll be getting a discount – up to 21% off for good driving (although your premium could increase for poor driving). Your driving score also counts towards getting you a great renewal price!
Short term car insurance
If you don’t take your car to university for some reason, for example, because it belongs to a parent who needs to use it whilst you’re away, you could consider short term car insurance. This is just student driver insurance which will cover you for a select period of time. It saves you taking out a 12-month policy, whilst allowing you to get around when you head home for the weekend.
Trying to get cheap insurance for student drivers can be a bit of a task. But choosing an insurance provider who is focused on student insurance (like Endsleigh) can make sure that your best interests are always catered for. If you have any questions, or we can help at all, get in touch.
Last updated: 04/05/2020