Getting to Clemson


Directions to Clemson’s campus from several interstates and major surrounding cities can be found on Clemson University's website. Clemson is conveniently located about fifteen minutes from I-85 and about thirty minutes from I-385, both the closest major interstates and likely where many travelers will be coming from in order to access the main road in Clemson, Highway 123.

Once on campus, a detailed campus map will be helpful.


There are three airports within a reasonable distance of Clemson University. Clemson is conveniently located 45 minutes outside of Greenville, where you may choose to fly into Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP). Within 2 hours of Clemson are Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) and Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT).

Getting Around Clemson

Park on Campus

Clemson offers paid visitor parking in various designated lots on campus. These spots are either: paid by the day through parking services or paid by the hour via a kiosk located at the visitor metered lots. We suggest arranging and purchasing a daily weekday visitor pass for convenience and value.

For Daily Weekday Visitor Parking

For $5 per day, you can purchase a temporary permit from parking services. This will allow you to park in various parking lots on campus. We suggest parking in the C-1 lot, which is on a bus route that drops you off near major conference locations: Daniel Hall, the Watt Center, and the Academic Success Center. It is also within walking distance of these buildings.

For Metered Parking

Rates are $1.00 per hour at a maximum of three hours per vehicle. There is no permit required to park in these spots. If you choose to park in metered visitor parking, we suggest the Hendrix lot, Bryant Circle lot, or library lot, as they are the closest metered parking to our locations. Clemson also uses the Parker app to notify commuters of open and available parking spots filtered by type.

Take Public Transit

Clemson’s campus is conveniently serviced by a safe and clean public transport system called Clemson Area Transit (CAT). This service is free to anyone—student or visitor—and stops regularly both on-campus and off-campus via four major routes. The CAT bus picks up and drops off riders in thirty-minute rotations with a general ten-minute travel time to your destination. It stops as close as possible to the Watt Center (less than a minute’s walk) on the Red Route. The CAT website provides a complete list of stops of Red Route stops.

Lodging in Clemson

There is a wide range of quality and price options for Clemson hotels, but we personally suggest Courtyard by Marriott Clemson. Located close to campus, downtown Clemson, and various restaurants and stores, you can access most of your needs within a 5-minute drive, short walk, or the public transportation route. Clemson’s CAT bus picks up and drops off riders—students and visitors alike—within walking distance of the hotel.

Courtyard by Marriott Clemson
201 Canoy Lane
Clemson, SC 29631

Two other hotels close to Clemson’s campus are the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites and Hampton Inn Clemson-University Area:

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Clemson-University Area
1381 Tiger Boulevard
Clemson, SC 29631

Hampton Inn Clemson-University Area
851 Tiger Boulevard
Clemson, SC 29631

Exploring Clemson

Downtown Clemson offers the full Tiger experience and boasts several local restaurants and bars as well as well-known franchises. To see restaurant guides, store locations, and upcoming events, check out the City of Clemson website.

Campus is also located within a fifteen- to twenty-minute drive of Anderson, Seneca, and Easley, where you can find a larger array of shopping and dining options.