Faculty and Staff

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

The Cougar Card is free for all College of Charleston employees. If you are an employee who is enrolled in classes at the College, you will not be issued a Cougar Card identifying you as a student. Please continue to use your employee card as your campus card.

Faculty/Staff Meal Plan or Dining Dollars Account

The Faculty/Staff Meal Plan provides 25 meals to use on campus at Liberty Fresh Food Co., City Bistro, Marty's Place or on select sandwich/salad combos at Market 159. The cost of the plan is $160 - only $6.40 per meal! Meals will not expire during the term of your employment.

You can sign up for a plan anytime throughout the semester via CampusDish or by visiting Campus Services HQCampusDish offers a payment plan to spread the cost of the plan into four equal payments of $40.00.

For a la carte purchases, employees may use their Dining Dollars account or cash or credit card. 

Discounted Purchases at the College of Charleston Bookstore

Faculty and staff receive a 10 percent discount on many items. Just show your Cougar Card to the cashier to take advantage of the savings. 

Campus Recreation Services

Use your Cougar Card to gain access to the Johnson Center Gym and workout area free of charge.

Faculty and staff are also welcome to purchase access to the George Street Fitness Center for a non-refundable fee of $50 each period.

Upcoming Sessions:

  • Summer 2021: May 10 - August 13
  • Fall 2021: August 16 - December 17

Fees can be paid via Marketplace. Use your Cougar Card to gain entry on the business day following payment. Spouses and dependents of employees are not eligible to use this facility. 

Library Privileges

The Cougar Card functions as a library card when presented at the circulation desk for check out of materials.

Purchase Discounted Theatre Tickets

Faculty and staff receive a discount on the purchase of a general admission ticket for College of Charleston School of the Arts Department of Theatre and Dance productions. Employees may purchase one special rate ticket at theatre.cofc.edu by selecting the Faculty/Staff rate in the drop down. Additional tickets may be purchased at the regular rate. Please present a valid Cougar Card at the door with your purchased ticket.

Transportation Services Free of Charge

Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) buses may offer a convenient alternative to driving your personal vehicle to campus. Service on all routes is free for College of Charleston employees.  Simply show your Cougar Card to the driver. For current schedules, visit 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 more information please visit bike.cofc.edu.

Discounted Parking

Campus Services HQ offers reduced-price garage parking for employees who only drive to campus occasionally. The reduced price of $10 per day will be valid on a first come, first served basis in the Wentworth (WG) and St. Philip (PG) Garages. To take advantage of this benefit, you must pay with Cougar Cash upon exiting the garage. Simply pull a ticket when entering the garage, and then present the cashier with your ticket and your Cougar Card upon exit. The parking fee will be withdrawn from your Cougar Cash account and a receipt will be provided. You must ensure that your Cougar Card balance is at least $10 before you exit the garage.

If your visit to campus is brief and your parking fees for the day are less than $10, your Cougar Card will be charged the exact price owed. To inquire about adding funds to your Cougar Card, please visit Campus Services HQ at 162 Calhoun Street or call HQ at 843.953.1100.

Please take note of the following guidelines and restrictions of the discounted daily garage parking program:

  • Your Cougar Card must bear one of the following designations: Employee, Faculty, Retiree or Professor Emeritus (student or other types of Cougar Cards will not be accepted).
  • If you will be leaving campus later than 7:00 p.m. on weekdays or 5:00 p.m. on weekends, you should consider parking at WG instead of PG. PG is not staffed 24/7, but there is a cashier on duty 24/7 at WG. If you will be leaving campus late and prefer to park in PG, we suggest that you step up to the cashier booth upon your arrival and speak to the cashier to make sure that someone will be on duty when you plan to exit the garage. We can only offer the benefit of the discounted daily rate if a cashier is in the booth to handle the transaction.
  • If you exit the garage and re-enter on the same day, you will be subject to paying up to $10 for each exit.
  • The discounted daily rate is intended for DAILY parking only, not long-term parking. If you park your vehicle in the garage and leave it there for more than one day, you will be charged $10 for the first day, and the daily rate (minimum $18) for any subsequent days

Use as a Personal Debit Card for 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.