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Parking and Transportation Services

Student Permits

All students parking a car on campus are required to purchase a permit. You will need the license plate number, make, model, color and year of your vehicle(s) to purchase your permit online.

If you are a campus resident, your permit is virtual, and you will not receive a physical permit in the mail. Your license plate is now your permit. Because your license plate is your permit, you are asked to park your vehicle with the license plate clearly visible. If you need to back into a parking space and do not have a matching front license plate, please contact Parking and Transportation Services at parking@clemson.edu

Commuter, carpool and motorcycle/moped permit holders will still receive a physical decal mailed to the shipping address provided during purchase. Permits cannot be held by Parking and Transportation Services for pickup. 

Note: All past due citations must be paid before purchasing a parking permit.

Student permit options and rates

Commuter Permits

Permit Fee Permit Description

$92.00*

2022 Fall Only Commuter Decal/Fall 2022 Commuter Repositionable Permit

08/01/2022

12/31/2022

$50.00*

2023 Commuter Park N Ride East/ 2022-2023 Commuter Park N Ride East

08/01/2022

08/15/2023

$50.00*

2023 Commuter Park N Ride West/ 2022-2023 Commuter Park N Ride West

08/01/2022

08/15/2023

$184.00*

2023 Commuter Repositionable/ 2022-2023 Commuter Repositionable

08/01/2022

08/15/2023

$38.00*

2023 Student Motorcycle/Moped/ 2022-2023 Student Motorcycle/Moped Decal

08/01/2022

08/15/2023

$4.00/day

Commuter Temporary Permit/ Commuter Temporary Permit (non-refundable)

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$184.00*

Graduate Assistantship 2023 GA/2022-2023 Graduate Assistant (Not Repositionable)

08/01/2022 08/15/2023

*Permit fees are prorated, and purchase price is determined at date of sale.

Commuter Permits will be mailed to the shipping address you provide. Permits cannot be held by Parking and Transportation Services for pickup.

Review the back of your permit for the display placement location on your vehicle.

View Commuter Permit Rules and Regulations (PDF)

View Commuter Park N Ride Rules and Regulations (PDF)

View Motorcycle/Moped Rules and Regulations (PDF)

View Graduate Assistant Rules and Regulations (PDF)

Apartment Permits

Permit Fee Permit Description Permit Effective Permit Expires

$92.00*

2022 Apt Fall Virtual Permit/ 2023 Apartment Virtual Permit

08/01/2022

12/31/2022

$184.00*

2023 Apartment Virtual Permit/ 2022- 2023 Apartment Virtual Permit

08/01/2022

08/15/2023

$38.00*

2023 Student Motorcyle/Moped/ 2022-2023 Student Motorcycle/Moped

08/01/2022

08/15/2023

*Permit fees are prorated, and purchase price is determined at date of sale.

All resident students are issued virtual permits based on housing assignments, which means that your vehicle's license plate serves as your permit. Residents will not receive a physical permit in the mail.

View Apartment Permits Rules and Regulations (PDF)

View Bridge to Clemson Apartment Permits Rules and Regulations (PDF)

View Motorcycle/Moped Rules and Regulations (PDF)

East Resident Permits

Permit Fee Permit Description Permit Effective Permit Expires

$92.00*

2023 East Res. Fall Virtual Per/ 2022 East Resident Fall Virtual Permit

08/01/2022

12/31/2022

$184.00*

2023 East Res. Virtual Permit/ 2022-2023 East Res. Virtual Permit

08/01/2022

08/15/2023

$38.00*

2023 Student Motorcyle/Moped/ 2022-2023 Student Motorcycle/Moped Decal

08/01/2022

08/15/2023

*Permit fees are prorated, and purchase price is determined at date of sale.

All resident students are issued virtual permits based on housing assignments, which means that your vehicle's license plate serves as your permit. Consequently, residents will not receive a physical permit in the mail.

View Resident East Rules and Regulations (PDF) 

View Motorcycle/Moped Rules and Regulations (PDF)

West Resident Permits

Permit Fee Permit Description Permit Effective Permit Expires

$92.00*

2022 West Res Fall Virtual Per/ 2023 West Resident Fall Virtual Permit

08/01/2022

12/31/2022

$38.00*

2023 Student Motorcyle/Moped/ 2022-2023 Student Motorcycle/Moped Decal

08/01/2022

08/15/2023

$184.00*

2023 West Res. Virtual Permit/ 2022-2023 West Resident Virtual Permit

08/01/2022

08/15/2023

*Permit fees are prorated, and purchase price is determined at date of sale.

All resident students are issued virtual permits based on housing assignments, which means that your vehicle's license plate serves as your permit. Consequently, residents will not receive a physical permit in the mail.

View Resident West Rules and Regulations (PDF)

View Motorcycle/Moped Rules and Regulations (PDF)

Carpool Permits

Carpool Program Permits are for groups of two or more full-time students with a majority of classes on main campus between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. who share a ride to and from campus at least four days a week. Participants must also live along a reasonable commuting path.

Permit Fee Permit Description Permit Effective Permit Expires
$50/per person per semester*

Groups of two

January 1 for Fall Semester August 15 for Spring Semester
Free

Groups of three or more.

January 1 for Fall Semester August 15 for Spring Semester

*Permit fees are prorated, and purchase price is determined at date of sale.

Motorcycles, motor scooters and mopeds are excluded from the carpool program. You may not obtain a carpool permit if you also have a motorcycle/moped permit.

See required documentation and download the application for a carpool permit.

View Carpool Rules and Regulations (PDF)

View Motorcycle/Moped Rules and Regulations (PDF)

Daily Student Permit Options

Permit Fee Permit Description Permit Effective Permit Expires

$4.00

Temporary One-Day Permit

One day 11:59 p.m. of Permit Effective Date

 

Fall semester permits vs. annual permits: Purchase an annual parking permit if your plans are to attend the full academic year. Fall semester parking permits are reserved for students who will not be attending the Spring semester. Among this group might be candidates for graduation, co-op participants and student interns. Because Spring permits are not sold, Fall-only permit holders who return for the Spring semester will be required to purchase prorated annual permits.

Student Permit Payment Options

  • Payments for permits are only available online.
  • Selecting ‘Student Bill_iROAR’ to charge your Fall permit to your Fall student bill is highly encouraged. Only available before 11:59 p.m. EST on August 24, 2022, this payment option is not yet available for the Spring semester. This payment option does not apply to Bridge students.
  • Debit or credit cards are accepted. Pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express.

Returning an Annual Permit 

If you wish to return your parking permit for a prorated refund, you may do so at Parking and Transportation Services.  

  1. If you have a physical permit, bring your parking permit to Parking and Transportation Services. If you have a virtual permit, email parking@clemson.edu to process your return.  
  2. Complete the Refund Request Form (only if you paid in full for your permit). Please note that the refund will not be immediate.  

Student Permit Rules and Regulations

Avoid citations by reviewing the specific parking guidelines for your permit type and the parking basics table for an easy guide to parking locations by permit type.

All parking regulations, including meters, are in effect. Please remember that verifying and linking your vehicle’s license plate number, make, model color and year to your permit is required to park on campus.

Important Notes

Commuter students parking on campus occasionally may consider forgoing an annual permit and purchase temporary daily permits online or temporary daily hang tag permits from the Parking and Transportation Services Office at a cost of $4 per day. Since automated license plate recognition (ALPR) software is in use, your license plate acts as your permit. Temporary online permits no longer need to be printed and displayed.

Notice to Users of Disability-Access Parking Permits

Any student who displays a state-issued disability parking permit to park on the campus of Clemson University is required to register the permit with Parking and Transportation Services prior to use on campus. Students, faculty, staff and vendors are required to purchase and display a campus parking permit even when displaying a disability-access parking permit.

The request to register the state-issued permits prior to use is expected to reduce the incident of unauthorized use, thereby increasing the availability of disability-access parking spaces by legitimate users. Please contact the office in person, by phone at 864-656-2270 or email us at parking@clemson.edu to register your ADA permit.

Student Permit FAQ

  • How do I link my vehicle license plate to my parking permit?

    For Repositionable and Virtual Permits (Commuter, Employee, Park-N-Ride)

    Access your parking account by going to "Manage My Account" at the top of the PATS website. Select "View Your Permits." Select the permit you wish to add your vehicle to. Scroll down the page and select "Add Vehicle to Permit." You will see all the vehicles currently attached to your parking record but not linked to the permit you selected. You can select any of those vehicles if you still own and are responsible for it, or you may add an additional vehicle. You will need the make, model, year, color and license plate number of the vehicle you are adding.

    Link only vehicles that are owned and operated by you. You are responsible for any citations issued to your parking permit or vehicle(s) that are linked to your account. You are not permitted to link someone else's vehicle information to your account.

    All permits have a vehicle limit according to permit type. If you have reached the maximum number and still need to make vehicle adjustments, you must contact Parking and Transportation Services for assistance via email with the year, make, model, color and license plate number of the vehicle.

    If you are driving a rental car on campus using your personal permit, please contact Parking and Transportation Services.

    For Resident Students with Virtual Permits (East/West Resident, Douthit, Bridge/Apartment)

    To update your vehicle information, you will need to email parking@clemson.edu with the make, model, year, color and license plate number of the vehicle you are using.

  • How do I unlink a vehicle from my parking record?

    To view the current vehicles associated with your parking record, access your parking account by going to "Manage My Account" at the top of the PATS website. Select "Vehicles" at the top of the page. If you see any vehicles that you no longer own, please contact Parking and Transportation Services to remove them. You are responsible for any citations issued to your parking permit or vehicle(s) that are linked to your account.

  • Can first-year students bring a car to campus?

    Yes. First-year students who park a car on campus must obtain a parking permit from Parking and Transportation Services and park in designated areas for the permit they are issued. Students who plan to live on campus must know their housing assignment before applying for a parking permit.

  • I have invited someone to visit who is driving to campus. Do they need a parking permit? If so, where can they get one?

    If your guest parks and pays a parking meter, no permit is required. For long-term parking, online parking permits are available. See the Visitor Parking page for more information.

  • What do I need to do if I drive a different vehicle to campus for a few days?

    Resident Students

    If you have a current virtual permit for your vehicle and must temporarily drive another vehicle, you may request a temporary parking permit from Parking and Transportation Services. Resident students are entitled to four one-week temporary permits per semester at no charge.

    Commuter Students

    If you have a current repositionable permit for your vehicle and must temporarily drive another vehicle, you should move your permit to the alternate vehicle and link your license plate to your permit online. If you are unable to move the repositionable permit, you can purchase a daily permit for $4 per day online or by coming to the Parking and Transportation Services office.

  • I have a new vehicle with a state-issued temporary license plate. How can I obtain a parking permit?

    Please purchase a permit online through Manage My Account. For the vehicle information, select the state that issued the temporary permit. For the license plate number, enter the alpha-numeric characters on plate excluding dashes "-" and spaces. After you receive your permanent state-issued license plate, you will need to email parking@clemson.edu with the make, model, year, color and new license plate number. A customer service representative will update your vehicle's record and send you a confirmation when it has been updated.

  • What do I need to do if I get a new car?

    Resident Students

    If you are a resident student and are changing vehicles, contact the Parking and Transportation Services office.

    Commuter Students

    If you are a commuter student and are changing vehicles, you can move your repositionable decal to the new vehicle and link the plate to your permit. If your vehicle was totaled in an accident, you may bring in the accident report in lieu of bringing in a sufficient portion of your permit. Parking and Transportation Services charges a $6 per replacement decal when a sufficient portion of your current permit is turned in. If you do not have a sufficient portion of your decal to turn in, you will be charged $25 for a new decal.

  • Can students park in visitor spaces?

    Visitor spaces are reserved for visitor use between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. Students may park in visitor spaces from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.

  • Can graduate students park in employee spaces during holiday breaks?

    Graduate students who are working on campus over a University break are permitted to obtain a temporary employee parking placard to park in select assigned employee parking lots. See details for obtaining such a pass on the Research Assistants Permit page.

  • When does the time limit apply in timed spaces?

    The time limit is applicable between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. The time limit does not apply from 10 p.m. until 7 a.m. Stalls controlled by parking meters have the following time limits:

    • Visitor stalls have a three-hour maximum or no maximum (see posted signs) from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. and free parking from 10 p.m. until 7 a.m.
    • Clemson University permit holder meter stalls have a one-hour limit, three-hour limit or no limit signs posted from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. and free parking from 10 p.m. until 7 a.m.
  • Are parking regulations still in effect after business offices close? Are parking regulations enforced differently between semesters and during holidays?

    Parking Regulations remain in effect at all times, including holidays, between semesters and after business hours. After business hours, parking regulations provide for student parking in employee areas as follows: 

    • Student vehicles displaying a valid commuter parking permit are allowed to park in employee spaces (except those posted as "reserved for employees 24 hours") from 4:30 p.m. until 7 a.m. Monday through Thursday and from 4:30 p.m. Friday until 7 a.m. Monday. 
    • Vehicles displaying one of the valid resident parking permits are allowed to park in the following employee spaces from 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 a.m.: 
      • Employee Lot E-05, north of the Motor Pool; 
      • Employee Lot E-04, west of Sirrine Hall; 
      • Employee Lot E-01, east of Newman Hall; and 
      • Employee spaces on Cherry Road between the intersection of Highway SC 93 and McMillan Road intersection. 
    • Vehicles displaying one of the valid resident parking permits are also allowed to park in employee spaces (except spaces posted as "reserved for employee 24 hours") from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. Monday through Thursday and from 4:30 p.m. Friday until 7 a.m. Monday. 
  • Where can I park to load/unload?

    Metered spaces are strategically located throughout campus or you can come to Parking & Transportation Services and receive a one-hour Loading/Unloading zone permit. Meters must be paid to park. You may obtain temporary permission after business hours from the University Police Department by calling 864-656-2222.