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Parking and Transportation Services

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Welcome New Students

Parking and Transportation is here to help you successfully find your way around the Columbia campus.  We can assist in purchasing a parking permit for your vehicle, moped or motorcycle, finding information about transportation services offered, and avoiding parking tickets.

Types of Campus Parking

  1. Surface Parking
    This permit type grants parking based on availability in designated lots around campus, but it does not guarantee a parking space. These lots include all S and GS for students and AD for all campus community members with a permit.
  2. Garage Parking
    This permit guarantees a parking space in a specific garage or surface lot. You may select one garage where your permit will be valid, and spaces are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Each garage is accessed with your Carolina Card, except for Pendleton St. Garage.

More information on student permits

Where to Park

The following resources can help you determine which permit is right for you:

  • Online map displaying student parking areas - a GREAT way to see where parking areas are and which permits are required
  • Chart displaying permit recommendations based on residence halls
  • List of all USC parking areas

Additional Permit Options

Information on accessible permits, motorcycle/moped parking, and bicycle registration. Read more about additional permit options.


USC Transit, powered by the COMET, is a partnership between the university and the Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority. Eleven daytime routes and two nighttime routes make up the standard offerings.

We also offer a Rides On Demand service during the evenings, Game Day shuttles, and shuttles for Gateway students.

Transit and shuttle offerings

Plan your transit trip around campus and track your shuttle in real time with the Transloc app (Apple, Google Play)

All Parking Rules and Regulations

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