Sara Routhier, Managing Editor and Outreach Director, has professional experience as an educator, SEO specialist, and content marketer. She has over five years of experience in the insurance industry. As a researcher, data nerd, writer, and editor she strives to curate educational, enlightening articles that provide you with the must-know facts and best-kept secrets within the overwhelming world o...

Full Bio →

Written by Sara Routhier
Director of Outreach

Joel Ohman is the CEO of a private equity-backed digital media company. He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, author, angel investor, and serial entrepreneur who loves creating new things, whether books or businesses. He has also previously served as the founder and resident CFP® of a national insurance agency, Real Time Health Quotes. He also has an MBA from the University of South Florid...

Full Bio →

Reviewed by Joel Ohman
Founder, CFP®

UPDATED: Jun 24, 2022

Advertiser Disclosure

It’s all about you. We want to help you make the right coverage choices.

Advertiser Disclosure: We strive to help you make confident auto insurance decisions. Comparison shopping should be easy. We are not affiliated with any one auto insurance provider and cannot guarantee quotes from any single provider. Our partnerships don’t influence our content. Our opinions are our own. To compare quotes from many different companies please enter your ZIP code on this page to use the free quote tool. The more quotes you compare, the more chances to save.

Sending your child off to college can be an exhilarating and exasperating transition, for both parents and students. There’s already plenty of information to remember, but comparison shopping for car insurance rates should definitely make the list if they’re taking a vehicle with them.

If your college bound child intends to drive while at school and you are currently an Allstate insurance customer, adding a student in your family to your family car insurance coverage is one way to address that concern.

Chances are good that you have already added your college bound child as a driver on your family car insurance policy. Just in case it’s still on the to-do list, you have time and resources on your side.

When college students are added to Allstate auto insurance family coverage, they can enjoy the same protection assurances as drivers already insured under the policy. Plus, there are even student discounts to take into consideration. There are a few questions unique to the college student you should address.

If you need to compare insurance companies to get a better idea of what you’ll need, we offer a free online comparison tool that can help you.

Should you have a car on campus?

If your child will be staying on the campus of his or her college without a vehicle, then you can actually remove the child from your policy for the months that he or she is away.

As long as the child does not live at home for longer than a month during the school year, you don’t have to list the child as a driver if they don’t have access to a car that is covered on your policy.

Some of the other factors you will need to consider before adding your college student to your family’s Allstate car insurance policy include the following questions.

Free Auto Insurance Comparison

Enter your ZIP code below to view companies that have cheap auto insurance rates.

secured lock Secured with SHA-256 Encryption

How much driving will the student be doing?

Depending on whether your college bound kids are going away to college or commuting to a nearby campus, you may want to either increase the coverage or scale it back accordingly.

If your college student is leaving a car parked at home while s/he lives on campus, you’ll be in a good position to be able to save a few extra dollars a month on the family’s car insurance.

How far away is the campus from home?

If your child’s college is at least 100 miles away from home and no one will be driving his/her car, let your Allstate agent know immediately.

Your child may qualify for what’s called the “resident student” discount, which can help lower your car insurance bill by as much as 30 percent.

On the other hand, if your kids’ daily commute has him/her driving longer distances to get to campus and back, now may be the good time to revisit your coverage limits to make sure that your kids are properly insured.

Image Credit: Skunkworks Photographic Creative Commons license

How safe is the campus?

If your college-bound kids are taking up temporary residence at a campus away from home, enlist the help of your insurance agent and check into the crime and vandalism rates for the campus and its surroundings. No matter your vehicle, Allstate has coverage for a college student.

This will give you and your child a good idea of what to expect as s/he prepares for life in new surroundings.

If your child is going away to college and bringing a car to an environment with a higher crime rate, you may want to include comprehensive coverage at levels suitable to protect against theft or vandalism damage.

It might also not be a bad time to invest in anti-theft devices for any car headed to campus.

Doing so may not only cut back on the likelihood of things being stolen or damaged, but it might also land you a premium discount.

Free Auto Insurance Comparison

Enter your ZIP code below to view companies that have cheap auto insurance rates.

secured lock Secured with SHA-256 Encryption

Table – Average Cost of College (student) Car Insurance

StateAnnual Premium
Illinois $5,987
Massachusetts $5,782
New Hampshire$4,763
New Jersey$8,653
New Mexico$5,983
New York$7,098
North Carolina $2,973
North Dakota$4,872
Ohio $3,987
Rhode Island$7,398
South Carolina$4,983
South Dakota $4,982
Wash. D.C.*$7,099
West Virginia$6,129
Get Your Rates Quote Now

Compare RatesStart Now →

Applies to 18 Y/O Male drivers with a two door sedan.

*Washington D.C. is included although not a State.

Graph – State by State Comparison of Auto Insurance Costs for College Students

This is a graph for the percentage of college students by 3000 per year for auto insurance and up to 6000 dollars

*Most students pay 4 to 5k with a big majority paying 6K and up as shown by the graph.

What discounts should you look for?

Speaking of discounts your car insurance premium most likely went up when you added your college bound driver and those rates will likely stay higher.

There are ways that you can offset this increase, such as taking advantage of the various premium discounts you and your student driver may be eligible for.

If you are not already doing so, look into saving money with these Allstate discounts:

  • Multi-car discount – If you insure all of your vehicles with Allstate, you can save money across the board thanks to discounts for multi-car accounts.
  • Multi-policy discount – Known as bundling, if you insure your home, life and cars with Allstate, you get a money-saving multi-policy discount on all three.
  • Safe driver discount – If you and/or your kids have had no tickets or accidents in the past few years, you all can get discounts for being good drivers.
  • Organizational and club discounts – Allstate offers discounts for being a member of certain organizations and clubs, and there may be fraternities or sororities your son or daughter joins that qualify for these discounts.
  • Good grades discounts – If your college student maintains good grades, there can be a discount on premium (up until s/he turns 25).

Art center college of design Pasadena, CA. Image Credit: seier+seier Creative Commons license

When your kids head to college, you’ll have to decide whether to keep them on your family car insurance policy, or give them a bit of tough love and require them to find their own car insurance coverage.

In nearly every case, adding or maintaining them on a family policy will ease the burden of cost. No matter what type of car they drive, whether it’s a classic or vintage vehicle, Allstate has various policies available. You want your student to have more than one option, and sometimes it helps you to have them on your auto insurance policy, because you don’t have to worry about them as much.

If you’re looking into various auto insurance companies trying to find the best auto policy for you and your college student, we have a free comparison tool that will let you compare quotes from different companies. Don’t forget to take a look into what types of coverage will be offered, as well as any insurance discounts that are offered. All of that information can lead you to making a confidence insurance based decision in the end.

(Please note: this article is informational in its intent as the author has no affiliation with Allstate or any other insurance company.)

Editorial Guidelines: We are a free online resource for anyone interested in learning more about auto insurance. Our goal is to be an objective, third-party resource for everything auto insurance related. We update our site regularly, and all content is reviewed by auto insurance experts.