Planning, Development and Preservation

Costs and Tuition

Low tuition costs and the moderate cost of living in the area make Clemson one of the most reasonable options for graduate students. Please refer to the following site for information on fees.

Assistantships are available to graduate students in City and Regional Planning, and are assigned primarily on the basis of academic performance. Prospective students must apply by March 1st to be considered for an assistantship position. While 1st year graduate students typically work 10 hours a week for the department, 2nd year students typically work 15 hours a week at a planning-related agency off-campus. 2nd year assistants typically require an automobile for transportation to their position within the metro area. Assistants are paid bi-weekly for their work.

Students on assistantships receive a tuition reduction depending on their position. Applicants should review the graduate school web page for any changes in tuition reduction.  While we understand the financial burden on students, full-time students (12 credit hours or more) are strongly encouraged not to work over 20 hours per week in all employment positions. We have found that excessive outside work can place excessive stress on students.

Living in Clemson

Enjoy the sunny, four-season climate of Clemson that has long spring and fall season. Clemson is only 45 minutes away from the Blue Ridge Mountains, and only 30 minutes from Greenville. Clemson’s location provides students with an array of housing locations and options. The cost of living in Clemson is substantially lower than most universities, making it an affordable graduate school option. General information about Clemson can be found at the university’s website and the Clemson Chamber of Commerce website.

On-Campus Housing
Clemson University has on-campus, apartment-style housing designed for the specific needs and lifestyles of graduate students. Apartments are available on a 9- or 12-month lease. Each apartment is double occupancy, thus allowing space for privacy in an area conducive to studying. Clemson also provides comfortable and economical family housing with 100 apartments, conveniently located on campus, for married and single-parent students. Graduate students interested in on-campus housing should contact:

Family Housing Office
101 Mell Hall, Box 344075
Clemson, SC 29634-4075
Phone: 864-656-0829

Off-Campus Housing
Planning students often live off-campus in private apartments in the surrounding area. Students typically pay between $300 (for a basic apartment) and $400 a month for a newly constructed garden apartment that may include washer/dryer, pool, tennis, etc. Costs depend on the size of the apartment, number of roommates, and amenities. Search for apartments in Clemson, Central and surrounding communities on websites such as or These sites can provide pictures and prices of what is available in the Clemson area. The department provides information on other students seeking roommates.