How to Rent a Car When You're A Student Under 25

Which Are the Cheapest Companies to Go With?

Road trips are one of the best ways to explore the United States as a student. You get to experience the freedom of travel without having to worry about the logistics of public transport, you get to bring along some friends and spit the cost of gas, and there's no worrying about getting lost if you bring a GPS with you. Road tripping is something every college student should do. 

But what happens if you don't own a car? Do rental companies even rent to anyone under 25 years old?

The answer is yes, and this post provides a list of companies that rent to students under 25. The only downside? The daily surcharge for being a young driver. The price varies depending on which company you choose to go with, but you'll likely be looking at an extra $15-40 a day on your rental. 

The best way to deal with this fee is to try and encourage as many of your friends as possible to come along with you. If you can arrange a group of five, then that $20 a day extra fee works out to be much more...MORE affordable. 

Here, then, are the companies that rent to students under 25, along with their pricing.

Note: Michigan and New York both have state laws that allow car rental agencies to rent to anyone over 18 years old. For every other state, you'll have to be at least 21. 

  • 01 of 07
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    ••• Alamo

    Minimum rental age: 21 years

    Vehicle rental restrictions: None

    Young driver daily surcharge: $25/day

    Michigan daily surcharge (18 - 20 years) : $26/day

    Michigan daily surcharge (21 - 24 years): $14/day

    New York daily surcharge (18 - 20 years): $66/day

    New York daily surcharge (21 - 24 years): $24/day

  • 02 of 07
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    ••• Avis

    Minimum rental age: 21 years

    Vehicle rental restrictions: No full-size or premium SUVs

    Young driver daily surcharge: $27/day

    Michigan daily surcharge (18 - 20 years) : $41/day

    Michigan daily surcharge (21 - 24 years): $28/day

    New York daily surcharge (18 - 20 years): $52/day

    New York daily surcharge (21 - 24 years): $35/day

  • 03 of 07
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    ••• Budget

    Minimum rental age: 21 years

    Vehicle rental restrictions: luxury cars, mini vans, 12-passenger vans, specialty vehicles, full-size SUVs or premium SUVs

    Young driver daily surcharge: $27/day

    Michigan daily surcharge (18 - 20 years) : $41/day

    Michigan daily surcharge (21 - 24 years): $28/day

    New York daily surcharge (18 - 20 years): $52/day

    New York daily surcharge (21 - 24 years): $35/day

  • 04 of 07
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    ••• Enterprise

    Minimum rental age: 21 years

    Vehicle rental restrictions: None

    Young driver daily surcharge: $20+

    Michigan daily surcharge (18 - 20 years) : $26/day

    Michigan daily surcharge (21 - 24 years): $14/day

    New York daily surcharge (18 - 20 years): $66/day

    New York daily surcharge (21 - 24 years): $24/day

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  • 05 of 07
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    ••• Hertz

    Minimum rental age: 20 years

    Vehicle rental restrictions: No prestige or adrenaline collection cars.

    Young driver daily surcharge: $15/day

    Michigan daily surcharge (18 - 20 years) : $20-41

    Michigan daily surcharge (21 - 24 years): $20-25

    New York daily surcharge (18 - 20 years): $20-41

    New York daily surcharge (21 - 24 years): $20-25

  • 06 of 07
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    ••• National

    Minimum rental age: 21 years

    Vehicle rental restrictions: No luxury cars or premium SUVs

    Young driver daily surcharge: $25/day

    Michigan daily surcharge (18 - 20 years) : $26/day

    Michigan daily surcharge (21 - 24 years): $14/day

    New York daily surcharge (18 - 20 years): $66/day

    New York daily surcharge (21 - 24 years): $24/day

  • 07 of 07
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    ••• Thrifty

    Minimum rental age: 21 years

    Vehicle rental restrictions: No premium luxury, SUVs or convertibles

    Young Driver Daily surcharge: Variable

    New York daily surcharge (18 - 20 years): $73/day

    New York daily surcharge (21 - 24 years): $35/day