Student CarShare rolls onto Toronto campuses


Toronto and GTA university students 18 and over no longer need to depend on public transit, taxis or rides from their parents to claim their freedom.

A reliable alternative transportation solution now exists for safe drivers 18 and over who can’t afford $7,000 annually to lease or own their own vehicle. 

They can turn to StudentCarShare (SCS).

“Canada's first car sharing service geared to the transportation needs of students has arrived at the University of Toronto and York University,” says SCS’ founder and CEO Michael Lende.
“By providing an innovative lifestyle brand that enriches student's lives, Student CarShare is on the leading edge of Canada's shared economy by allowing members 18 or older to rent a fleet of new 2015 Kia vehicles by the hour or day online with gas and insurance included with all reservations.”
The Toronto and York services join 36 other student-centric car sharing services at universities and colleges across Canada from St. John's, Newfoundland to the University of Victoria.

Powered by Discount Car and Truck Rental, SCS boasts that it is the only car share company in Canada with a national footprint from coast to coast.

“Student CarShare has experienced unprecedented growth over the past year. Since June, our membership has grown 68 per cent and our monthly revenue has been double the industry norm,” Lende says.

“We had to expedite our plans for a national roll out to accommodate all of the requests from schools across Canada to bring SCS to their campuses. I attribute this demand to the fact that we are a completely student-centric service.”

“Students at University of Toronto and York University will be able to experience the inherent benefits of the program and ultimately driving our world-class vehicles,” Robert Staffieri, director of marketing and communications at Kia Canada Inc.  

SCS says it has thousands of members and 80 cars servicing 36 campuses and student communities across Canada and adding new locations and schools every month.

Students who want to reserve a car simply visit to become a member and make a reservation online.

Vehicles can be booked up to six months in advance or just 15 minutes ahead if a car is available.

When it's time to pick up their car, a member simply goes to one of SCS's easily identified parking spot, unlocks their reserved vehicle using their SCS Smart Card and picks up the keys inside.

Students pay $50 a year to become a member and an additional one-time $25 application fee. They can then rent a car starting at $6 an hour.

Every reservation includes free gas, free insurance, free maintenance and free round-the-clock roadside assistance.

“SCS is also the only car sharing program whose insurer provides members with a certificate of experience so they can build an insurance history in efforts to lower future insurance rates,” adds Lende.

And the program introduces future car buyers to Kia  products.