Car and Ride Share

Zipcar and Lyft Concierge contribute to the range of mobility options available to the Brown community and its guests. Beyond traditional transportation avenues, these car and ride share services are designed to provide convenience and flexibility.


How Does Zipcar Work? 

  1. Join: Download the app or apply online. It only takes a few minutes.
  2. Reserve: Reserve a car for a couple hours or an entire day. Reserve online or use a phone. 
  3. Unlock: Walk to the car, then just hold your Zipcard to the windshield. The doors will unlock, and it's all yours!
  4. Drive: Drive away... and return to the same reserved parking space at the end of your reservation. It's that simple. And remember, gas and insurance are included, too.

Visit the Zipcar website to learn more and join the program.

Program Highlights

  • 18+ years of age eligibility for Zipcar membership
  • 14 Zipcars to choose from

Locations on Campus

  1. Upper level of Lot #68 the Power Street garage (entrance on Power Street near the Thayer Street intersection)
  2. 217 Bowen Street, Lot #7
  3. 20 Olive Street, Lot #77
  4. Young Orchard Ave, Lot #54 (next to Orwig Music)
  5. Page-Robinson Hall, Lot #17
  6. Richmond Street, Lot #105 across from the front entrance of the Alpert Medical School

Contact the Transportation Office at (401) 863-3157 with any questions.


Brown University students, faculty, and staff pay an annual $35 fee and no application fee.  Hourly rates range from $9.50 to $11.00 depending on the type of vehicle reserved. 

Lyft Concierge

The Lyft Concierge program is a service that provides transportation to and from the University for participants in University research, academic, summer programs, and guest speakers, and only for university business. The program cannot be used for staff or faculty traveling for the University. All riders must be 18 years old or accompanied by an adult.

Any staff or faculty member who needs transportation outside of the approved guidelines for the Lyft Concierge program -- and transportation cannot be accommodated by Zipcar or RIPTA -- should pay for the car services and be reimbursed by the department.

To request a departmental Concierge Lyft account, email