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2 College Junior

Parking: With the addition on a new dorm, on campus parking is even more limited than before.

3 College Senior

Parking: Biggest problem with parking is that their isn't enough spaces and most of the parking lots are spaces assigned to teachers which leaves less room for the students.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking on campus really ticks me off! You can't park on campus before five p.m. even if your an enrolled student with a parking pass. Mostly all campus parking is for the faculty and staff. Even if the students park in a visitors spot they still get a ticket and possibly get towed. It's ridiculous!

1 College Junior

Parking: Parking is outrageous. There is only one parking lot for all of the students. Finding a space is near impossible. Plus the lot is about a 10 minute walk from the actual campus.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Now that we are getting a new dorm people have to park all the way down the street. I don't see the reason in buying a parking permit if we cant even park on campus. I am so sired of getting tickets.


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The good thing about Clafin is that it’s a small, walkable campus where students can arrive to class on time, providing they leave their dorm with ample time to allow for walking. All of the buildings on campus are located close to each other, so the need for a car is not a very big priority. However, you will find that many upperclassmen and off-campus students own the majority of cars on campus.

On the other hand, since the campus is small, there is not space for many large parking lots, so it is not guaranteed that you will always find a spot close to where you want to go. During the day when classes are in session, most of the parking spaces are reserved for faculty and staff, and it is very unlikely to find a free spot unless you park your car there overnight. Parking on campus requires that you have a parking decal, which is costly, but it does not guarantee you a space or an allotted spot. Most students complain about the lack of spaces on campus, yet they still manage to find a parking spot either on or off campus.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
There are four students lots. Some are only for students residing in the dorms near certain lots.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Only freshman who live off campus can bring a car to campus.
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$15-$25 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Fire lane: $10
  • No-parking zone: $10
  • Occupying two spaces: $10
  • Parked in reserved area: $10
  • No valid permit displayed or improperly displayed permit: $25
  • Handicapped spot: $100
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • In the gravel lot
  • Off campus
  • In the gym parking lot (when no events are being hosted there)
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • Behind the library
  • Behind Kleist Hall
  • SRC West parking lot
Getting a Parking Permit
Students must register their car with the Campus Registration and Vehicle Management Services at the start of each year. Students registering a car will need to bring their current class registration information, a valid driver's license, current vehicle registration, and proof of insurance.
Parking Services
Department of Public Safety
(803) 535-5444

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 84 responses

  • 19% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 40% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 10% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 24% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 4% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 4% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 84 responses

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


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