Construction beginning on student housing project

Rendering of West Campus development


Construction is set to begin on the newest campus student housing project, a unique 878-bed facility that will allow upperclassmen to live in the heart of the university’s west campus.

Scheduled to open in two phases beginning in fall 2015, the private complex will be conveniently located behind the Carolina Coliseum and near the Greek Village and the new Darla Moore School of Business. It will include both retail space and a dining facility. The second phase is expected to open in the fall of 2016.

As a result of the construction, the “C” surface parking lot—located directly behind the Carolina Coliseum—will be permanently closed as of Saturday, April 5 and all cars must be removed to make way for the project. That parking lot is bordered by Devine, Park, Blossom and Lincoln streets (see map).

To help accommodate commuters during the transition, the Discovery Plaza parking garage will be available to faculty and staff and students with “S,” “N,” “Z,” “GS” and “CS” parking decals through the remainder of the semester for no additional charge.

Those who wish to continue to park in the Discovery garage after May 11 may purchase a decal for the garage. Visit Parking Services to learn more.

Faculty and staff who park in the N section of the “C” lot also will be able to park in assigned spots in the adjacent “B” lot—which is bordered by Devine, Gadsden, Blossom and Lincoln streets (see map).

Beginning Aug. 11, a parking lot on Gadsden Street near the corner of Greene Street will be converted to a faculty/staff parking lot, while the remaining designated faculty/staff parking in the “D” lot located directly behind the Carolina Coliseum will close permanently for the second phase of housing construction (see map). The faculty/staff parking area in the “A” lot will be unchanged.

Construction also will make it necessary in early May to temporarily close the pedestrian bridge over Blossom Street leading to the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center.

The new student housing project will include nearly 700 parking spaces for residents; 437 in the first phase and 252 in the second phase.
In addition to the new parking lot opening on Gadsden Street, students, faculty and staff have the option to purchase parking permits in one of several garages around campus, including:Parking map

•​Discovery Plaza Garage
•​Horizon Garage
•​Blossom Street Garage
•​Pendleton Street Garage
•​Senate Street Garage
•​Athletic Village Garage

For additional information, please contact Parking Services at