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Students

Connect to campus life at the College of Charleston by using your Cougar Card to access events, facilities and services.

Student Dining Plan and Dining Dollars

Dining plans make life simpler, are easy to use and offer convenient options. If you have purchased a plan, the magnetic stripe on the back of the Cougar Card identifies you as a dining plan member. Just carry the Cougar Card to access the plan and take advantage of the numerous dining choices the campus has to offer. Freshmen living in campus residences are required to purchase an approved dining plan. For further information, please visit Campus Dining Services or contact Cougar Card Services

Library use, checking out materials and purchasing photocopies

The Cougar Card functions as a library card when presented at the circulation desk to check out materials. Each semester, students are granted 300 free pages of printing from library computers. Should you exceed this threshold, the Cougar Cash account linked to your Cougar Card must be used to purchase additional pages. Photocopiers are available for student use and accept either coin or Cougar Cash. Save time and money with Cougar Cash by taking advantage of preferred pricing: black and white copies via Cougar Cash are $.08 each, cash copies are $.10 each and color copies are $.35 each.

Campus Recreation Services

A comprehensive fitness facility is centrally located on the first floor of the Campus Center apartments at 50 George Street.  The 15,000 square-foot workout space is open seven days a week and includes state-of-the-art cardio equipment, weight machines, free weights and benches, lockers and showers.  Just swipe your Cougar Card for full access.

Unwind with recreation services available at the Stern Center where a game room is available for student use. Just swipe your Cougar Card to enter each facility. For further details regarding campus recreation options, visit the Campus Rec web page.

Attend College of Charleston sporting events free of charge

Students are admitted to regular season home events free of charge with your Cougar Card. Visit the College of Charleston Athletics website for schedules and further details. Go Cougars!

Purchase discounted theatre tickets

Students receive a discount on the purchase of general admission tickets for College of Charleston School of the Arts Department of Theatre and Dance productions. Simply swipe your Cougar Card when purchasing tickets.

Transportation services free of charge

The College of Charleston has partnered with the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) to provide free bus service throughout Charleston County. Simply present your Cougar Card and you can ride for free on all CARTA buses or shuttles. A separate bus pass is not required.  Schedule and route information may be obtained at Ridecarta.com.  Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!

College of Charleston Bike Share is a safe, healthy, sustainable and fun way to get around Charleston.  As a Bike CofC participant just swipe your Cougar Card to check out a bike from the Stern Student Center information desk and return by the end of the day.  The service is free for students!  For more information please visit bike.cofc.edu.

Swipe to enter your assigned residence hall

Residential facilities with Information Desks that are staffed 24-hours-a-day require the Cougar Card be presented and swiped each time a resident enters the building. The Cougar Card will only access the assigned residence hall. Guest registration is allowed and valid photo identification is required. For complete policy information please visit the Residence Life web page.

Use as a personal debit card to access funds in your Cougar Cash account

The Cougar Cash account allows you to draw on pre-deposited funds to purchase products and services on campus. To make a purchase simply present your Cougar Card at any participating location and the funds will be withdrawn from your account.

Card Activation

The Cougar Card is designed to last through your entire student experience. The privilege to use College facilities and services accessed via the card are active when you are enrolled in the current academic term. Activation is automatic and does not require any action. Active students not enrolled in summer terms may elect to pay a fee for use of recreation facilities during the summer. Privileges end for the Spring term on May 31, Fall term ends when the College closes for the December holiday break. Please contact Campus Recreation Services, 843.953.5559 for further details.