In 2008, Penn partnered with PhillyCarShare, a local non-profit founded by Penn alumni, to become the largest North American university car share partnership. With over 30 cars within a ten-block radius of campus, these cars, rented by the hour, offer students, faculty, and staff the mobility of their own car without the cost. The membership of this service reports owning 10,000 fewer cars than they would otherwise. As part of this partnership, Penn staff receives discount rental rates, allowing for a reduction in fleet size.

Faculty, students and staff are encouraged to use  PhillyCarShare for business transportation needs. A business rental is any rental for which Penn is paying directly (i.e. purchasing card) or the driver is paying for the rental and getting reimbursed. PhillyCarShare also offers some discounted rates to members of the Penn community who open personal accounts.

Benefits for Penn Students, Faculty and Staff

  • Convenience: Dozens of hybrids, minivans, and more, are available by the hour or day from convenient campus locations. Employees each receive a personal electronic key to all the cars. Driving is easy: book online, hop in and go!

  • Green: PhillyCarShare, founded in 2002 by four Penn alumni, has had a tremendous positive environmental impact in Philadelphia! As part of this partnership, PhillyCarShare will contribute 1% of revenues into the Penn Green Fund.

  • Affordable: PhillyCarShare is offering special contract rates to the University, including $1 million liability insurance.

Get Rolling!

For information on how to open a Penn Account, visit the Penn Travel web site, click here.

For information on how to open a personal account with PhillyCareShare with special Penn rates, click here.