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Parking and Transportation Services


We want parking to be easy for you, whether you are a first-time guest or a frequent visitor. You can use our convenient campus parking locations or take advantage of city spots located near your destination.

Visitor Parking Options

There are several options you can choose from in different areas, including hourly parking, campus metered spaces and city meters. If you come across any broken campus meters, please report them immediately to parking services.

Please note that a visitor is not a faculty, staff, student, vendor or contractor of the university. Faculty, staff and students need to purchase a permit, while vendors or contractors should have permits arranged through their project manager.

Hourly Parking

The following garages offer parking for $1 per hour. There is a $15 charge for lost tickets.

  • Bull Street Garage (gate 3)
  • Discovery Garage (park St. side)
  • Horizon Garage
  • Campus Village Garage (top level)

View parking map »

Campus Metered Spaces

Metered parking is available in several campus garages and lots, including:

  • Pendleton Street Garage (levels 1a, 1b, 2a - enter from Pickens St.)
  • Close-Hipp Lot (top level)
  • College Street (1700 block)
  • Capstone and Columbia Hall (on Barnwell St.)
  • Sumter Street Garage (top level)

View parking map »

Parking Meter Cards
Cards are available for $5 per day, for purchase in the Parking Services office. They can be used in the two-hour and five-hour meters on campus. These cards are not valid at City of Columbia street meters.

City Meters

While we encourage you to park in campus parking whenever possible, City of Columbia parking meters are also available on many streets around campus.

Parking and Transportation Services

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