'3 for free' - Carpooling at UOW

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Carpool to the University of Wollongong and have a more enjoyable trip to campus. You will meet people, save money and reduce your carbon footprint. Best of all, carpooling with 3 or more people will entitle you to free parking on campus in the Western Car Park (P4)The northern section of P4 is specifically for carpool parking, from 7:30am and all day, Monday to Friday. It's available all year, except public holidays and a few weeks over the summer holiday period.

Online carpool matching 

If you don't have anyone to carpool with then try our carpool matching system. UOW’s online carpool system is powered by Jayride. The system is free to use to find a carpool or share your own. If you're sharing a ride in your car, then you can share driving duties or simply list how much you need towards your expenses like petrol and parking.  Connect to Jayride in one click using your Facebook account or register using your UOW email address.

Before you connect to the website, we recommend you read these few notes:

Most of the information requested by the website is optional – simply define your name (alias ok), UOW email address, where you live (street name and suburb) and the times you travel. The system will look for people from your area with whom you may be able to share a ride, and contact you via email. Your email address is not given to other users. Once you have a full complement of carpool contacts and no longer want to receive emails you can change your status to inactive. Please send any questions or feedback to UOW Transport.

The University of Wollongong has provided this link to Jayride on the understanding that the users of the Jayride site will be communicating directly with Jayride. The University of Wollongong expressly disclaims any liability arising from your use of the Jayride website, including liability arising from your voluntary provision of information to Jayride and Jayride’s use of that information, and expressly disclaims any liability arising from the accuracy, reliability, currency or completeness of any material contained on the Jayride website.

The University of Wollongong recommends that you exercise your own skill and care regarding your use of the Jayride website. Please be aware that any information you provide to Jayride will be stored and used according to Jayride’s Privacy Policy.

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5 reasons to carpool

It’s cost effective. No one likes to pay for petrol. Share travelling expenses and save on parking costs, car insurance, repairs and maintenance as well.
It’s more environmentally friendly. For most people, driving is the single biggest contributor to their carbon footprint. This means that cutting down on driving is the biggest action you can take to make your life more sustainable.
It’s safer. Fewer cars on the roads means less traffic congestion and accidents.
It’s fun! Share the journey with your mates or get to know other people on campus. Turn down that radio and bring a little fun and conversation to your morning drive.
It’s easy. Our online carpool system easily lets you share your spare seats or connects you with other people carpooling to campus.

Golden rules of carpooling

  • Make sure everyone agrees on the basics, such as how often you’ll carpool, who has a vehicle, and whether you will rotate driving.
  • Settle on how costs will be shared in advance.
  • Don’t be late! Agree on pick-up places and times, and decide how long you’ll wait for latecomers.
  • Communicate with your fellow carpoolers – let them know if you do happen to run a few minutes late or if you can’t carpool on a particular day.
  • Drive safely at all times.
  • Allow each person to express their opinions on things like radio choices, side-trips and whether it’s ok to eat/drink/smoke while carpooling.



The 3 For Free carpooling scheme is intended to give students travelling from outside the surrounding neighbourhood access to free parking on campus. It’s particularly aimed at those for whom public transport options are not readily available or where it’s not realistic to walk or cycle (which, by the way, are often the quickest options for those living within 5km of the University). It’s also intended to reduce the number of cars parking at the Uni and in the surrounding streets out of fairness to local residents, while reducing petrol consumption and our environmental footprint.


Picking up people on campus or in the local streets is abusing the system. It’s meant for those who have genuinely travelled to campus together from outside the surrounding neighbourhood. Drivers and passengers looking for carpool parking who have been seen picking up additional passengers in the vicinity of the University will be blacklisted and refused free parking for the rest of the semester.


Last reviewed: 3 April, 2014