Car Hire for Students & Under 25s from SIXT

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 ranging from compact city cars and 4x4s to moving vans.

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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.

Young Driver Surcharge

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

How do I book a 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.

Rental Cars Available for those 21 and Over

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 follow ACRISS code (a standard term used by car rental companies to categorise their vehicles) categories E*** (e.g. Peugeot 208, Vauxhall Corsa), CD** (e.g. Citroen C4 Cactus, Skoda Fabia EST), CL** (e.g. Vauxhall Astra, Alfa Giulietta), CW** (e.g. Vauxhall Astra EST, Seat Leon EST) and CF** (e.g. Vauxhall Mokka and Renault Captur).

If you are 23 and over and have held your driving licence for a minimum of 1 year, the vehicles from the categories above are available to you, as well as ID** (e.g. Skoda Octavia, IW** (e.g. Skoda Octavia Estate), IV** (e.g. BMW 2series Gran Tourer, KIA Carens), and IF** (e.g. Peugeot 3008).


  • Including: Vauxhall Astra, Alfa Giulietta,Volvo V40, Seat Leon or similar.


  • Including: Citroen C4 Cactus, Skoda Fabia EST, Peugot 308 or similar.


  • Including: Ford Transit, VW Transporter or similar

Rental Vans Available for those 21 and Over

If you have held your driving licence for a minimum of 1 year and are aged at least 21 years old, Sixt also offers you a selection of high-quality rental vans so you can move apartments, or transport all your belongings to and from University accommodation. You will be able to rent the following ACRISS code vans A (e.g. Mercedes-Benz CITAN, Citroen Berlingo), B (e.g. Ford Transit, VW Crafter) or V (e.g. Ford Transit, VW Transporter).

Those who are aged 23 and over, and have held their licence for at least 1 year are able to rent the van categories above as well as the S (e.g. Ford Transit).

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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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