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3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: The general permits are decently priced, but it might require some walking. The biggest lot is next to the Coliseum but it does fill up quickly. Be proactive if you expect to get a spot consistently without driving around some. The garage permits are expensive, ~$300 per semester, but the convenience of being guaranteed a spot makes up for it if you can afford it.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: Its not the best because there is never any parks in the city

2 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is bad, people Park without paying screwing the people who do over

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is absolutely awful due to the overcrowding and unforgiving ticket prices.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: I dont have a car, so I dont need to park.

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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

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 270 responses

  • 4% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 10% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 9% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 49% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 6% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 23% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 272 responses

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