The Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol (SNAP) is a free, nightly, campus safety and transportation service for currently-enrolled UF students and is sponsored by UF Student Government, Student Traffic Court and UF Transportation and Parking Services. SNAP operates four to seven 15-passenger vans (depending on demand) seven nights a week from 6:30 PM – 3 AM during the Fall and Spring semesters and from 8:30 PM – 3 AM during the Summer semester.
Download The UF SNAP By Spare App To Request Rides
The UF SNAP by Spare app is free and available in the iOS and Android app stores and uses Gatorlink authentication to allow current UF students to sign in and request rides.
Important Tips For Using UF SNAP by Spare
- Please be ready for pickup on the sidewalk near your stop location after submitting a ride request:
The in-app GPS locations for most SNAP stops will show up in the center of the road rather than on the side of the road. This allows the Spare system to better track our vehicles progress through those locations in order to provide more timely pick-up and drop-off notifications, optimize wait times and provide more efficient service to our customers.SNAP customers should always stay off the roadway and wait on the sidewalk close to your requested pick-up location for your van to arrive. Most stops will have a physical “SNAP” sign nearby to mark the spot where the van will stop.
If you don’t feel safe waiting at a stop, you can wait indoors somewhere close by and track your van on the UF SNAP by Spare app. However, please remember that SNAP is usually extremely busy and our drivers cannot wait longer than one minute at each stop, so make sure you get to the pick-up location before your van arrives to avoid missing your ride.
- You can only receive rides to and from SNAP’s approved stops on campus:
The UF SNAP by Spare app will allow you to enter any address you like for your pick-up or drop-off, but your van won’t actually go to those addresses. Instead, the app will give you walking directions to the closest SNAP stop to the address you entered and provides an ETA for how long it will take a driver to arrive at that stop.If you’re typing your pick-up and drop-off locations in the search fields, SNAP’s approved stops will display with orange flag icons, and all other non-SNAP locations will display with red icons. If you’re setting your pick-up and drop-off locations using the map, SNAP’s approved stops will display as black dots.
Please note that SNAP can only provide rides on campus and to a very small number of UF-owned, off-campus locations. To see a map of our approved stops, scroll down this page or click here.
- View your driver’s ETA to pick you up BEFORE you submit the request:
Once you start submitting a request, the UF SNAP by Spare app tells you how long it’ll be before your driver arrives at your stop. If SNAP is super busy at that moment, though, and you feel like the wait is too long, please don’t submit the request and then cancel it! Cancelling a submitted ride request causes the system to have to redesign its routes and creates longer wait times for everyone else.Please be aware that your driver may be directed to pick up other pooled riders while on their way to you, so make sure to check UF SNAP by Spare regularly for possible ETA changes after submitting your ride.
- SNAP receives the most demand for service between the hours of 7:00 – 11:00pm each night:
Please be patient and expect longer wait times during this period. UF SNAP by Spare’s internal algorithm automatically receives requests and assigns rides to drivers as quickly as possible depending on the level of demand that SNAP is experiencing at any given time during the night.
Click here for our PDF tutorial on using UF SNAP by Spare!
Finally, if you’d prefer not to download the UF SNAP by Spare app, you can still request SNAP service by using the UF SNAP by Spare web portal. The web portal allows customers to submit ride requests and track their van in the same manner as the UF SNAP by Spare app and can be accessed from any browser.
We’re looking for great people to join our team!
SNAP employees start at $13/hour and enjoy flexible scheduling and a fun, fast-paced work environment – if you would like to become a SNAP employee and help make a difference for your fellow students’ safety, click below to apply:
How To Request A SNAP Ride
To submit SNAP ride requests, please use the free UF SNAP by Spare app (available in the Android and iOS app stores). To contact SNAP directly for emergencies or questions about our service, please call (352) 392-SNAP (7627) during regular nighttime business hours.
Please be aware that SNAP can only transport current UF students and staff and cannot provide service for family members, guests or other companions, unless those individuals are also current UF students or staff members.
SNAP Vehicle and Staff Identification
Please be aware that SNAP vans will always be painted white and marked with SNAP and Transportation and Parking Services lettering (see our fleet images below for reference), and our employees will always be wearing either an orange or black and white SNAP/TAPS uniform shirt. Please do not accept any rides from anyone who is driving an unmarked vehicle or not wearing a SNAP/TAPS uniform – if you are approached by anyone like this and asked to ride with them, please notify UFPD as soon as possible at (352) 392-1111.
SNAP Fleet Images – click on each image below to enlarge it:
Map of SNAP Pickup/Dropoff Locations