How Car Sharing Can Benefit Students

Chelsea Cain


Car sharing has taken off internationally with some overseas car sharing companies boasting over 1,000,000 members.

In Wellington, a car sharing platform called Roam is ready to assist students and New Zealanders alike in adopting car sharing as a safe, cost-effective and reliable transport option.



One reason for car sharing’s success is because it follows the basic idea underlying most sharing economy businesses: I have something I don’t always use that you need and I’m willing to share it.

In Roam’s case, local car owners who don’t always use their car are connected with local car borrowers who don’t have a car but need access to one.

At a time where public transport can be both unreliable and costly for students and where other methods of transport are limited to taxis or uber, students aren’t left with many transport options.

The problem facing most students is that public transport isn’t very suitable for doing a flat shop at the supermarket, transporting works of art, travelling out of town for the day, or heading up the line for a quick visit to see the family. So why not borrow a car for an hour or two using Roam?

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The Roam app on desktop, tablet and mobile.

Roam’s technology allows app-based (keyless) access, which means the car is locked and unlocked using the students smartphone. So, there is no need for interaction with the car owner – just whip out Roam on your smartphone and you’re ready to go!

Roam protects students through its partnership with IAG insurance, which means that both car owners and borrowers are covered during a rental.

Based on many rental company prices, for a student looking to rent a small vehicle for the day, you’re looking at forking out over $100.

On Roam, prices are set by members, and we’ve seen rates as low as $8 per hour and $40 per day.

Students need to be informed that there are alternative transport options available asides from public transport and taxis that won’t break the student allowance bank.

Keen on giving it a go? There are a few requirements that a borrower needs to meet as they must be 21 years of age and they need to have had their full driver’s license for at least two years.

If you don’t fit the requirements yourself, no doubt one of your mates will and you can all chip in to get the job done.

Roam also offers the option for car owners to make money from their cars idle time. Car owners can choose the hours when their car is available and also control the hourly, daily and weekly price at which their car is available to rent.

If your car is a 2006 model or newer, is fully insured and has a retail value of $50,000 or less, then Roam can help you cover those high car ownership prices by providing the platform which allows you to rent out your vehicle during its idle time.

Roam’s app is available at and is ready to change the way that students travel.

If you end up giving it a go, get in touch with us! We would love to feature you on our Roam blog.

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