Car Hire for Students & Under 25s from SIXT

Up to 15% off for students

As a young person, you may have faced barriers when it comes to hiring a vehicle, which is why SIXT offers you a varied selection of rentals cars for those under 25, available with a 15% student discount too! All you need to do is login with your Student Beans account, or create a free account and verify your status as a student. Then simply book a car within your correct age range.

Even if you are no longer a student, SIXT offers highly competitive rates for drivers under 25 and a wide selection of vehicles including compact city cars, 4x4s and estates.

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Young Driver Requirements & FAQs

How old do you have to be to hire a car?

To hire a car in the UK and most countries, you must:

  • Be aged 21 or over
  • Have held your driving licence for a minimum of 1 year
  • Young drivers aged between 21-25 are limited to a selection of cars and vans.
  • If you are under 25, you may also have to pay a Young Driver Surcharge.
  • All vehicle age requirements are shown to you during the car selection process.

Who can use the Sixt Student Discount?

Anyone with a Student Beans account and has verified their student status is able to take advantage of our our great student offer. Simply login here or create a new free account.

How do I book a hire car with student discount?

  1. Login with your Student Beans account or create a new one for free.
  2. Fill in your desired pick-up and drop-off location and dates
  3. Select your vehicle and be sure to double-check the minimum age required. Prices shown are with the discount applied.
  4. Complete the booking process and await your invoice by email.
  5. You're good to go! Head to the branch and pick up your car.

For more information, please read the SIXT terms and conditions, driver's requirements FAQs, and rental information before booking or contact our helpful customer services.

Will I have to pay any extra as a young driver?

Unfortunately, due to insurance requirements, all drivers under 25 will be required to pay a young driver's surcharge.

What cars can I rent at 21 years of age?

In Great Britain, those who are 21 and over and have held their driving licence for a minimum of 1 year may rent vehicles from the following ACRISS code (a standard term used by car rental companies to categorise their vehicles) categories: E*** (e.g. Peugeot 208), CD** (e.g. Citroen C3 Aircross, Skoda Fabia Estate), CL** (e.g. Volkswagen Golf, Skoda Scala), CW** (e.g. Volkswagen Golf Estate, Peugeot 308 Estate) and CF** (e.g. Peugeot 2008 and Renault Captur).

What cars can I rent at 23 years of age?

If you are 23 and over and have held your driving licence for a minimum of 1 year, there are even more vehicle categories available. In addition to the categories available at 21, 23-year-old drivers can also rent from the following categories: CC** (e.g. Audi A1, MINI), ID** (e.g. Skoda Octavia), IW** (e.g. Skoda Octavia Estate), IV** (e.g. BMW 2 series Gran Tourer, Citroen C4 Grand Space Tourer) and IF** (e.g. Peugeot 3008).

Great selection of hire cars for those 21 and over

SIXT offers a good range of hire vehicles for people as young as 21 throughout the UK. We have branches all across the country in London, most other major English cities, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Simply select your location in our booking form above, before selecting the car you want to hire. By filtering the options by your age you'll see the variety of economy and compact cars, estates and SUVs. 23-year olds will have a few extra options to choose between with some larger saloons and people carriers.

If you're a young driver looking to hire a van, SIXT also offers a selection of high-quality rental vans, of various sizes, so you can move apartments or transport all your belongings to and from university accommodation.

Hire car categories available to 21-year olds


Peugeot 208 or similar | ECMR


Kia Ceed or similar | CDMR


VW Golf Estate, Peugeot 308 Estate or similar | IVMR 

Hire car categories available to 23-year olds


Audi A1 or similar | CCMR


BMW 1 series, Audi Q2 or similar | ILMR

People Carrier

Citro├źn C4 Grand Space Tourer, Peugeot Rifter or similar | IVMR 

Under 25s Student Discount Rental Cars

Hire a Car Abroad Under 21

Although the minimum age for renting a car in the UK is 21, in some certain countries, the minimum age is 18. If you are heading abroad for a holiday or business trip, you are able to rent a car under 21 from some countries. Just make sure to check any additional requirements for your chosen car category (such as the minimum amount of time you have held your driving licence). If you are travelling to America, check out our dedicated page for under-25 car hire in the USA.

If you're no longer a student, but studied at a university in the UK, then check out our alumni discount.

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