Letter to Students
Emailed to students – June 28, 2017
In response to ongoing issues with parking in the Greek Village, the university is developing plans to construct a new parking facility on the land currently owned by the university on Devine Street at the block between Gadsden Street and the railroad tracks. The plans were originally announced in the spring of 2016, and this 1,400-space garage will be available for exclusive use by fraternity and sorority members associated with Greek Village facilities.
Parking is an auxiliary function of the university and by state law, tuition and state appropriations cannot be used to support parking operations. Therefore, new design, construction and maintenance of facilities must be paid for with revenue generated by fees. In June 2016, USC’s Board of Trustees approved a sliding rate for this project. Students affiliated with a Greek Village facility were assessed $125 per semester for the 2016-17 year. The fee will increase to $250 per semester for the 2017-18 academic year. We anticipate the fee increasing to $375 per semester for the 2018-19 academic year.
Construction of the facility is expected to begin in 2018, pending necessary approvals by the Board of Trustees and others. Several academic offices currently located on the site will be notified and relocated. Completion of the garage is currently estimated to be late 2019 or early 2020. Periodic construction updates will be shared as the project progresses.
To assist with parking needs this fall, university Parking Services has made parking available at Founder’s Park during lunch and dinner. As always, the university shuttle system is available as an alternative to driving to the Greek Village. In addition, the lunchtime shuttles to and from Greek Village will continue to operate. The TransLoc app is available for students to track university shuttles, including the shuttles used for the Greek Village.
We understand that with an increase in student fees, questions may arise. Please visit
our FAQ page [pdf], or if you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to call our office
at 803-777-3506. We appreciate your support and welcome your questions. This is an important
project that will greatly enhance the experience of future members of Greek organizations.
Greek Fee FAQ
Student Participation and Feedback
Any students that have questions or want to be part of this exciting project should email firstname.lastname@example.org.