Car Rentals

Rent a Car

National Car Rental and Enterprise Rent-A-Car offer discounted rates for NU faculty/staff for both business and personal use. Eligibility requirements are listed at the bottom of this page.

Please note: use Enterprise when renting in Europe, Middle East, and Africa; those regions are not covered by our National contract.

National Car Rental

For information about rates available to NU travelers, visit our National Car Rental page. Learn how to join the Emerald Club, National's frequent customer program. 

There are 3 different ways to rent a car with National:

  • Call National toll-free at 800-CAR-RENT (800-227-7368) 

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

For more information about rates available to NU travelers, visit our Enterprise Rent-a-Car page.

There are 3 different ways to rent a car with Enterprise:

  • Book through the Enterprise website or by phone (visit the Enterprise Rent-a-Car page for link and corporate codes).

Car Rental Policies and Procedures

Important information for NU travelers who rent cars:

  • Accidents and Insurance
    If you rent a car from National or Enterprise using the Northwestern contract/discount ID, you do not need to purchase a Collision/Loss Damage Waiver (CDW/LDW), except for international rentals. (Note: If you do purchase a CDW/LDW for a domestic rental using the Northwestern contract/discount ID, it will not be reimbursed.) Learn more about this and find out what to do if you have an accident involving a rental car.

Eligibility requirements to use NU discount codes:

  • Must be 21 years old or older
  • Faculty, staff and retirees are eligible for the NU discount for business or personal use
  • Spouse and children (living in the same household) of faculty, staff and retirees are eligible for the NU discount
  • Consultants and contractors whose expenses are reimbursed or otherwise paid by NU are eligible for the NU discount
  • Graduate students reserving business travel rentals are eligible for the NU discount. Graduate students must provide a letter on official NU stationery signed by the graduate student’s supervisor stating that the purpose of the rental is business-related.
  • Graduate students reserving personal travel are not eligible for the NU discount
  • Undergraduate students are not eligible for the NU discount

Other Car Rental Options

Zipcar and Enterprise CarShare (formerly IGO) carsharing services provide the convenience, affordability and reliability of transportation without owning a car. Learn more on our Commuter Options webpage.