Parking and Transportation

Need help getting around? Campus Services HQ has you covered!

Parking in downtown Charleston is extremely limited, but we’ll help you navigate your options. Get familiar with our parking guidelines and learn about alternatives to parking on campus, including free bus rides through our partnership with CARTA. Eligible students who would like on-campus parking must apply for parking each semester, and eligibility to apply does not guarantee a permit will be available. 

Permits Required!

Don’t get a ticket (or worse, booted or towed!) Vehicles parked in a College of Charleston parking lot must have a valid permit properly displayed to avoid getting a parking citation.

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Campus Parking Map


Learn how to apply for a permit if you are a student or employee. Find out how to get a pass for your service vehicle. Or read about accessible parking, what to do in the evenings or where to park when you move out of campus housing.


Just here for a visit? All guests should park in a parking garage or in metered parking spots. Explore parking options for guests.


Students and employees can ride all CARTA buses for free! This includes the Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH). Just show your valid Cougar Card when you board. Check out CARTA’s maps and schedules.


Did you get a ticket? You can pay in person at Campus Services HQ, 162 Calhoun St., Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. or at Public Safety (check or money order only), 89 St. Philip St., 24/7. College of Charleston employees and students can also pay through MyPortal via the Parking tile. If you believe you received a ticket in error, you may submit an appeal form within 15 calendar days, following our citation appeal process. 


The College of Charleston assumes no responsibility for the care and protection of any motor vehicle or its contents at any time. Read our full parking regulations.