Gen Z and Millennials Say There’s So Much More to College Than Life on Campus, According to New Zipcar Study
The survey asked 2,000 U.S. college students and recent graduates to share experiences that most enhanced their college years and best prepared them for the “real world” after graduation.
It turns out that while late night parties and pranks still have their place in college, the “rager” lifestyle is a thing of the past. These days, students consider “all-nighters” to be a night of work (side hustles are common) or studying. Only 17% say raging parties are defining moments in college.
Instead, students prefer to use free time to take advantage of their off-campus surroundings both to make memories with friends and to acquire “adulting” skills. Believe it or not, more than half of the respondents would choose access to a car over a smartphone (and a laptop too). A few reasons why access to wheels is important to today’s college students:
- Twenty-five percent say taking road trips with friends is essential to creating life-altering experiences.
- The age-old challenge of getting groceries dominates the desire for access to a car. Nearly 80% say they prefer to get their groceries themselves, despite the rise of delivery services.
- Nearly 30% say that not having access to a car to visit family and friends is a major stressor associated with being in college.
“As the largest provider of campus car-sharing programs, we spend a lot of time getting to know college students, what drives them, and how we can make their four years even better,” said
Other experiences cited as essential to “adulting” or preparing for post-grad life include learning to fold a fitted sheet (18%) plus other life stage events:
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And, while students may cite living on their own as the biggest step to growing up, parents aren’t completely forgotten. The top needs from home?
- Money. Nearly 60% phoned home for extra money.
- Advice. More than 30% phoned home for help handling apartment repairs (leaky toilet, etc.).
- Cooking lessons. Thirty percent phoned home to ask how to cook something.
- The car. Twenty-five percent phoned home to ask for the car.
Zipcar provides on-demand, universal access to a variety of cars with a presence at more than 600 colleges and universities across
Regional, gender and age breakouts, raw data and graphics are available. The survey was conducted in
Zipcar is the world’s leading car-sharing network, driven by a mission to enable simple and responsible urban living. With its wide variety of self-service vehicles available by the hour or day, Zipcar operates in urban areas and university campuses in over 500 cities and towns across
Public Relations Manager, Zipcar