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 increased to $250 per semester for the 2017-18 academic year, and will be $375 per semester for the 2018-19 academic year.
Construction of the facility is expected to begin in 2019, 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 2020 or early 2021. Periodic construction updates will be shared as the project progresses.
To assist with parking needs this fall, the university’s Office of 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 read the questions and answers below. 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 Village fee
The fee is associated with infrastructure of the Greek Village. Therefore, members of fraternities and sororities that operate houses in the Greek Village will be charged the Greek Village fee.
The fee will pay for the design, construction, and maintenance of a parking and meeting facility on Devine Street at the block between Gadsden Street and the railroad tracks. A 1,400-space garage will be available for exclusive use by fraternity and sorority members associated with a chapter housed in the Greek Village and will provide additional parking adjacent to the Greek Village during meal times and chapter meetings.
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.
The University of South Carolina Board of Trustees voted on the fee – as they do on all fees for students – and approved it. Before their vote, trustees considered input from students, who have voiced concerns about the availability of parking since the Greek Village opened.
The fee will be added to current members’ bills each semester. New members will be charged beginning the semester after they join.
All members associated with a Greek Village facility will be charged the Greek Village fee.
The Greek Village fee will be removed for students who are studying abroad or are out of state on an internship.
Fall 2018 Parking
Parking passes will not be affected in 2018-19. Students who reside in the Greek Village should purchase a GV permit from USC Parking Services. Students who park illegally or without a proper permit may be ticketed.
To assist with parking needs this fall, Parking Services has made parking available at Founder’s Park during lunch and dinner in the fall. As always, the university shuttle system is available as an alternative to driving to the Greek Village – which includes the GV lunchtime shuttles. The app TransLoc, is available for students to track shuttles including the shuttles used for the Greek Village.
Greek Village garage
The plan is for the parking structure to be available late 2020 or early 2021, assuming the project moves according to plan.
Students who pay the Greek Village fee will be permitted to park in the garage when it opens. However, details on spaces and hours of operation have not been determined.
If you have questions, comments or would like to contribute to the planning of this exciting project, email firstname.lastname@example.org.