Columbia, SC
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3 College Freshman

Parking: In order to be guaranteed a parking spot you must pay for a permit in a garage which is outrageous, however, without it you're likely to be late to class because parking in the metered spots is nearly impossible.

3 College Student

Parking: Parking in any city is difficult. I think there should be more parking lots for students that are closer to campus.

2 College Junior

Parking: There is no need to have a car on campus but if you don't have one there is no way to get to surrounding walmarts or grocery/shopping stores. There are bars and restaurants that are nearby and in walking distance. Parking is a nightmare during peak class times in the morning and in the evening. The lots fill up quickly. there is not nearly enough space for all the parking that commuters do to the school from nearby off-campus housing. if you park somewhere you are not supposed to, you WILL get a ticket between $8 and $25.

2 College Freshman

Parking: It's very expensive and difficult to find open spaces.

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Parking: Parking can be stressful everyday.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1270th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs
  • 1344th
    Best Parking Availability
  • 1368th
    Best Off-Campus Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Gregory Goetz
Fort Mitchell, KY
Media Arts/Entrepreneurial Business
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Parking on campus at USC is absolutely atrocious. You can either get a garage space and pay over $300 for it, or you can get a $60 parking decal and fight to find a space. This is one of the disadvantages of having campus in the middle of the city. Not only are students looking for parking, but so are tons of other people going downtown for work. There are nine parking garages, which cost $260–$320 per semester, where students are guaranteed a spot. There are also parking lots located on the edges of campus where students with a decal can park. Considering the amount of students who have cars on campus, the amount of general student parking provided is not much at all.

Parking may be one of the most annoying things you will experience at USC, but the University seems to be trying to alleviate the headaches it causes. Because there has never been a great deal of parking for students, students are always lobbying for more options. Taking into account the number of commuters that bring their cars to campus, the major problems fall to those who live off campus. The fact that many off-campus communities provide shuttles to campus is a major step in coping with the lack of campus parking.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Garages: Blossom Street, Bull Street, Bull Street Annex, Pendleton Street, Senate Street; Lots: Bates, Coliseum, Greek Village
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$70–$640 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: $5-$7
  • Fire lane: $50
  • Handicapped zone: $100
  • No parking zone: $25
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Bull Street garage (pay by the hour)
  • The Coliseum lot
  • Anywhere after 5 p.m. until 8 a.m.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • Metered spots
  • Smaller student lots located near the dorms
Getting a Parking Permit
Garage prices range from $260-$320 per semester, and have electronic card access 24/7. Lot spots are cheaper, varying from $60-$100 per semester, but are located on the fringes of campus.
Parking Services
Vehicle Management and Parking Services
1501 Pendelton St.
(803) 777-5160

Student Polls

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 28 responses

  • 25% Anywhere after 5 p.m. until 8 a.m.
  • 18% Bull Street garage (pay by the hour)
  • 16% Good luck finding parking
  • 12% Pay for a spot in a garage
  • 11% The Coliseum lot
  • 9% Nowhere except during off hours.
  • 4% Horizon Garage
  • 4% Campus parking lot
  • 2% Senate Street

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 165 responses

  • 24% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 7% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 52% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 9% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 5% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 3% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 165 responses

Very poor
  • Distance from class
  • Distance from dorms
  • Ease of finding a spot
  • Parking enforcement
  • Permit cost

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 27 responses

  • 33% Metered spots
  • 26% Anywhere except parking garages.
  • 24% Smaller student lots located near the dorms
  • 11% Bull Street
  • 7% Greek Village
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