CCU students face parking challenges

Conway, SC - By Evan Lambert - bio | email

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Students at Coastal Carolina University are getting a lesson in Parking 101 as many struggle to get a spot on the campus.

University officials admit that parking is limited on campus and say they're making an effort to reduce the parking frustration both in the short and long term.

The most recent relief will come from a planned 525-spot parking lot that is already in the works.

"We should have that out for bids probably within a month or so. It'll be available maybe by December of this semester, certainly it'll be available for spring," said Will Garland, senior vice president of finance and administration.

Garland said although parking can be tough, most of the time students are just too lazy to park in available spaces that are further away and walk to class.

"We have a lot of students who will roll in at 8:20 a.m., 8:25 a.m. and want to jump out of their car and run to their class. Not gonna happen. Not close to your class. You're gonna have to park in one of the fringe parking lots and walk to class," he said.

Thursday morning students circled lots multiple times before finally finding a spot.

"I've been riding around for a good 15 minutes and this is ridiculous. There are no [parking spaces] anywhere," said sophomore Denzel McKnabb.

As a result of his daily parking search, McKnabb has been late to class twice already. His professor's haven't said anything yet, but he doesn't think that will last long.

"I guess it's the first couple days of class, but this can't be going on every day, because eventually professor's gonna get tired of it sooner or later," he said.

For the time being university officials are suggesting students be prepared to walk, carpool or take the shuttle offered by the university.

"We don't have a parking problem we have a walking problem and that is true to a certain extent," Garland said.

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