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(843) 767-1100
Charleston International Airport
5500 International Blvd # 101

Parking Rates and Information

          • Surface Parking   
             - 0-1/2 Hour Free
             - Each additional 1/2 hour or fraction thereof $1.00
             - Daily maximum per 24 hours  $8.00
             - Lost ticket fee (minimum charge per day) $8.00 

            - 0-1/2 Hour Free
            - Each additional 1/2 hour or fraction thereof $1.00
            - Daily maximum per 24 hours  $15.00
            - Lost ticket fee (minimum charge per day) $15.00

Limousine/taxi services -

  • The meter fare for taxi departure from the Airport is $2.15 per loaded mile with no additional charge for the first two passengers. 
  • For each passenger in excess of two, a fee of $12.00 per passenger per trip will be charged.
  • The shuttle rate for Peninsular Charleston is $12.00 per passenger.  The fixed rate for the Airport vicinity is $9.00 per passenger, not to exceed $27.00 per trip. 
  • Shuttle is available to destinations in Downtown Charleston. The fare for the Downtown Shuttle is $12.00 per passenger and departs within fifteen minutes.
  • The shuttle is a shared ride and may make several stops, depending on the number of passengers.
  • Charleston Green Taxi (843) 819-0846 -  $30 from MUSC to CHS airport with MUSC ID Badge.

Alumni Affairs
(843) 792-7979

261 Calhoun St, Suite 306

Provides opportunities for contact with health professionals who offer mentoring and encouragement through career seminars organized by the Alumni Association or on an individual basis as requested.
Graduate Studies Alumni Association Student Career Workshop
Each year, the MUSC Graduate Studies Alumni Association sponsors activities benefiting current students, including a career workshop in conjunction with the annual MUSC Student Research Day (SRD) activities.  This seminar is held on the Saturday morning following the SRD competitions and features a panel of 5 to 7 alumni speakers representing a variety of career paths available to students and postdoctoral fellows after completing their work at MUSC.  Panelists discuss their own career development and offer helpful information to students on how to begin networking with professionals in their field of interest, make decisions on advanced degrees and post-doctoral positions, and research future job opportunities.  Recruitment information from the panelists’ employers is provided during the workshops.  Details on this annual career workshop may be obtained from the MUSC Office of Alumni Affairs. 

Art Services
(843) 792-4724

Harper Student Center, 4th Floor,  Room SS440

Art Services provides faculty, staff and students with services such as large format printing, exhibits, posters, banners, signs, illustration, graphic design, disc prep and scanning.

Automated Teller (ATM)
Four machines located on campus:

     1. Bank of America
          - Hospital’s first floor corridor leading into cafeteria
     2. SC Federal Credit Union
          - Ashely River Towers, 1st floor lobby, next to cafeteria
          -Bee Street branch, across from VA Hospital
     3. Wachovia
          - 2nd floor Children’s Hospital
     4. Generic ATMs
          -Harper Student Center 1st floor lobby
          -Harborview Tower 1st floor lobby

(843) 724-7420

Ride CARTA at no charge.  MUSC students and employees have access to the entire CARTA system seven-days-a week.  The MUSC ID badge serves as the bus pass.  CARTA offers both local and express bus service with stops very near MUSC.

Computer Services
(843) 792-9700 OCIO-IS Help Desk
2nd Floor, Harborview Tower

Serves as an initial contact point for all inquiries regarding computing, networking and application services including:  troubleshooting, on campus and remote computing services, and classroom/online training. 

Controller’s Office
(843) 792-0505

Andrew Rider, Fiscal Analyst

The Tax Compliance department reports to the Controller and is responsible for issues related to tax compliance, including sales and use taxes.  They are also responsible for determining and documenting treaty status and benefits eligibility for nonresident citizen employees and students at the University.

Courtenay Street Art Gallery
(843) 792-8263
Harper Student Center, 2nd Floor Lobby
Local artists display their work along the walls of the 2nd floor lobby for 3 month periods of time. Enjoy a little culture in between workouts and consider purchasing a piece for your personal collection.


The MUSC Childcare Network was formed in Summer 2005 to connect MUSC faculty, staff, and students who are searching for childcare in the tri-county area.

Department of Motor Vehicles

Digital Imaging
Application & Passport Photos
(843) 792-4730
107 Basic Science Bldg

Other services include prints from digital files, scanning, image enhancements and location photography.

Farmer’s Market
Get your fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers right here at MUSC every Friday from 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. in the Horseshoe area, and now a fresh market located behind Charleston Memorial Hospital (in the grassy area in the rear next to parking garage and ART).

Discount Programs

  • Human Resources:
  • Volunteer Services : Discounts are continually updated.  Email Contrenia Haynes, Program Coordinator, for a complete list.
  • Best Western Charleston Downtown (located at the corner of Hwy 17 and Lockwood Blvd) offers MUSC Postdoc and families a special rate ($79.99 Sun - Thu & $99.99 Fri & Sat, plus tax) AND "Stay Ten"   Program to earn a free night’s stay.  Call the hotel direct to book the reservation and specifically request the “MUSC Postdoc Rate.”  (843) 722-4000

Gospel Choir
Josh Holmes
or Charles Ryan 843-200-3300

The MUSC Gospel Choir is a culturally diverse musical group composed of MUSC students, fellows, faculty, and staff.  Richly grounded in traditional and contemporary gospel music, the choir strives for the highest level of artistic achievement while joyfully promoting mutual understanding and respect.  All Vocalists and musicians are welcome!  Rehearsals are held the first and third Tuesday of every month in St. Luke’s Chapel on campus, 5:30-7:00 pm.

Houses of Worship
Charleston has a proud history of religious tolerance dating back to colonial times.  Free exercise of religion has led to a city skyline peppered with houses of worship and Charleston is sometimes referred to as "The Holy City" because of it.  It would be impossible to create an exhaustive list of all houses of worship in the lowcountry, but a list of historical congregations can be found here:

(843) 792-0394

Harper Student Center, SW 213

Assists in finding convenient and affordable housing.  Up-to-date listings of houses, apartments, houses for sale, short-term housing, summer sublets, and rooms for rent.


Hurricane season is May through November.  Given Charleston’s low lying coastal location, the area is an extremely dangerous place to be in the event of a hurricane. All postdocs should be prepared by making a personal hurricane plan now for themselves and their families.  This plan should include: how you will secure your home and what you will take with you if an evacuation is called; and where you will go well away from the Charleston area if a mandatory evacuation is called. Please refer to for complete policies, preparation and recovery information.

IMPORTANT: If a mandatory evacuation of the Charleston area is announced, then postdocs (along with students and most employees) will NOT be able to stay on campus and must be prepared to leave the area!

If you do not have transportation to evacuate, the university will provide transportation to a Red Cross Shelter. If assistance is needed, please provide Rebeca Mueller, Director of International Programs, with your name and contact information immediately.  Do not wait for a hurricane threat before contacting Rebeca Mueller.  MUSC must have adequate time to provide appropriate means of transportation. If a mandatory evacuation is announced, postdocs/family members needing assistance must assemble in the Basic Sciences building room 100 at the time designated by the University.  This time will be displayed under the Red Button which appears on MUSC’s home page ( when there is the threat of an approaching hurricane. Additionally, the time to report to BSB 100 during the mandatory evacuation will also be emailed and messages left on cell phones with the time to report. A list of items to take with you to a shelter will be provided in advance and is also available on the weather emergency website.

International Programs
(843) 792-2156
Rebeca Mueller, Director

The Office of International Programs assists international postdoctoral fellows, residents, and researchers and their families as they participate in study and training at MUSC.  International Services include advising on relocation to Charleston, ESL options, and social activities.

International Support Services

Harper Student Center Rooms 450-451

Sally Rentiers Young, Director
 (843) 792-3714,

Elizabeth Gieseke
 (843) 792-9805,

 FAX (843) 792-1506

Assists with preparation of Visa/Sevis, legal status, and change of address.

(843) 792-2371
171 Ashley Avenue
Offers 24 hour access to over 14,000 electronic journals; access to the 4th floor computer labs is not available during unstaffed hours.
   Staffed Library Hours:
     Monday - Thursday, 7:30 am - midnight
     Friday, 7:30 am - 6 pm
     Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm
     Sunday, Noon - midnight
Reference desk - 4th floor: 792-2372
     Monday - Friday, 8 am - 6pm

Mail Service
Each department has its own system for handling interoffice mail.  Mail may get lost if the address does not include the following information:

Medical University of South Carolina
Individual’s Name
Department Name
Mail Stop Code (each department has one - see link below)
Charleston, SC  29425

Departmental/Division Mail Stop Codes can be found at:

Meal Card Services—Debit Cards
MUSC meal services’ debit cards may be obtained by opening an account in the Office of the Director of Retail Services/Cafeteria Manager, Room B101J (located in the entrance hallway of cafeteria).  Meal Services’ debit cards can be used at A la Carte Pizza/Smoothies, Rainbows & Lollipops Gift Shop, Subway (main hospital and Harborview Tower), Starbucks (in hospital lobby only), Rutledge Tower Cafeteria and the Main Hospital Cafeteria, and Ashley River Tower (ART).

MUSC Gives Back
(843) 792-4094

Liz Sheridan, Program Director
Volunteer Opportunities:
If volunteering in the Charleston community interests you, but you cannot decide where to start, you can browse The Classifieds, community requests for MUSC volunteers, and/or search an online database for additional volunteer opportunities.

National Postdoctoral Association (NPA)

MUSC is a member institution of The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA), which is a non-profit advocacy group for the interests and career development of postdoctoral researchers. The NPA holds an annual meeting bringing together postdoctoral fellows, key administrators, and scientific organizations that promote active discussion towards solution of focal issues.   These issues include: (1) increasing and enhancing support for transitioning post-docs to scientific independence; (2) ensuring adequate compensation for post-docs; and (3) clarifying NIH regulations that influence postdoctoral classification at funded institutions. As an MUSC postdoc you can register for free to access a wide variety of helpful resources.

National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI)
Director, Training and Intercultural Education, DaNine Fleming, EdD, Assistant Professor

The Office of Training and Intercultural Education purpose is to expose students, faculty, and staff at the Medical University of South Carolina to opportunities for interprofessional and intercultural education skills development and training, according to institutional mission and values.

The National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) MUSC Campus Affiliate offers year-around leadership workshops that help create a more inclusive campus environment and provides interprofessional and intercultural experience for students. Participants, who represent a cross-section of the university, create the campus leadership team, which becomes the catalyst for changing the university. Please join us for campus workshops on Welcoming Diversity and Handling Controversial Issues.

Office of Parking Management
(843) 792-3665
91 President Street

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 8 am-5 pm
MUSC offers off-campus parking on a first come basis in Hagood parking lot with shuttle buses.  Everyone who parks in the Hagood lot must register with the Office of Parking Management (OPM) and obtain an MUSC Hagood hang tag. You may also put your name on a waiting list for closer parking structures (at significantly greater cost). Individuals are encouraged to form car pools, use public transportation (CARTA), or if living on the peninsula, consider alternate transportation methods e.g. bicycles, walking. Contact Parking Management about the use of patient lots at night and on weekends.

Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs was created in October 2005 in recognition of the critical role that postdoctoral investigators play in the research efforts of faculty at MUSC. An Assistant Dean was appointed with the responsibility of revitalizing and providing administrative oversight of the Postdoctoral Scholars Association, represent MUSC at the Postdoctorate Leaders section of the AAMC GREAT Group and the National Postdoctoral Association meetings, counsel postdoctoral scholars in matters of career development, and provide training in the responsible conduct of research. The Assistant Dean approves all postdoctoral appointments and mediates any grievances that might arise.

Assistant Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs: Edward Krug, PhD, Associate Professor of Cell Biology and Anatomy
  Phone: 843-792-1543
  Fax: 843-792-0664
  Office: Children’s Research Institute, room 607

Administrative Coordinator: Ms. Megan Rychwa
  Phone: 843-792-1067
  Fax: 843-792-6590

  Office: Basic Science Building, room 105

Office of Student Diversity
(843) 792-2146

The Office of Student Diversity (OSD) is one of four programming areas under the umbrella of Student Programs. OSD collaborates with the MUSC community to promote an inclusive environment that fosters the intellectual excellence and true integration of a diverse student body into all aspects of academic life.  A comprehensive, intentional focus is on serving students regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, age, ability, or socio-economic status.

A complete annual calendar of programs, activities and events is developed by the International Programs, a member of the OSD. Additionally, annual programs offered are:
  Hispanic American Heritage Month Programs
  Diversity Awareness Month
  National American Indian Heritage Month
  Holiday Luncheon
  Martin Luther King Celebrations
  Native American Month Programs
  National Coalition Building Institute Diversity Workshops
  Health Fairs
  Black History Month Programs
  Women’s History Month Programs

Postdoctoral Association (PDA)
The MUSC Postdoctoral Association (PDA) offers a professional forum for discussing diverse issues (CV optimization, software workshops, panels, etc) that enhance career preparation for MUSC postdoctoral fellows.  This is a membership-driven club.  The PDA supports numerous programs and activities that enhance the postdoctoral experience and provide each individual with an opportunity to develop professional skills leading to careers in academia, industry, and non-profit organizations.  Our meeting times and agendas are posted via the Postdoc listserv each month. 
Piccolo Spoleto (held annually in the Spring)

Piccolo Spoleto is the perfect complement to the international scope of its parent festival and its 700 events in 17 days. Focusing primarily on artists of the Southeastern region, Piccolo Spoleto transforms Charleston into an exhilarating celebration of performing, literary and visual arts. The traditional program offerings include visual arts exhibits, classical music, jazz, dance, theatre, poetry readings, children’s activities, choral music, ethnic cultural presentations, crafts, and film.

Piccolo Spoleto offers something wonderful for everyone - from classical to contemporary, from traditional to cutting edge. One of the unique aspects of Piccolo Spoleto is the accessibility to the Spoleto Festival experience. Half of Piccolo’s events are admission-free, and the rest are offered at very modest ticket prices.

Post Office
Stamps – A vending machine for stamps is located on the side of the library that faces the BSB

  • University Postal Service
    122 Bee St, Suite 103
    Ed Smalls, 843-792-7174
    All postal services, excluding passports and money orders.  UPS services available!   
  • 557 E Bay ST Business Hours:
    Charleston, SC 29403-6322 
    Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:30pm
    Sat – 9:30am – 12:00pm
    Phone:  (800) ASK-USPS 
    Fax: (843) 805-7757 
  • Citadel Campus  Business Hours:
    171 Moultrie ST 
    Charleston, SC 29409-0002
    Monday – Friday 09:30-04:00PM

    Phone:  (800) ASK-USPS
  • 83 Broad St
    Charleston, SC 29401-2202
  • DTWN Charleston
    Monday – Friday  09:00-05:00PM

Psychological Services and Counseling at the Residents Clinic
(843) 792-9162

From discussions about life issues to intensive treatment for complex problems, the Residents Clinic provides care for the full range of psychiatric problems affecting postdocs.  When facing difficulties, it’s important for individuals to be able to maintain the most normal day-to-day life possible. For that reason, outpatient services are available. These include medicine management and individual, group and family therapies.  The Residents Clinic is open Monday – Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM and the cost of an appointment is $30/hour.  To schedule an appointment, please call Alicia, Valerie, or Langdon at (843) 792-9162. 

Public Safety: Your Campus Law Enforcement Department
(843) 792-2261 non-emergency calls
(843) 792-4196 emergency calls
101 Doughty Street

All MUSC employees are required to wear their ID badge when on campus. Your photo should be readily visible. Most MUSC buildings have restricted access from 6 PM to 6 AM - you will need to have your MUSC badge coded accordingly to enter a building after hours. Some floors within certain buildings (e.g. animal facilities, Strom Thurmond) have 24 hours card-only access. It is a good idea to verify access to a particular area after hours before you are relying on entry. See your business manager if there is a problem.

Safety Escort Program
This service is designed to provide escorts around the University Campus and the surrounding area, normally within two blocks of the Campus (call 792-2261). Special requests will be honored on a case by case basis. Any escort beyond the two block area must be approved by the campus commander or the shift supervisor.

Patrol Division
These officers respond to calls for service which include: processing police reports; opening car doors; jump starting vehicles; opening and securing building doors for normal operations; opening and securing building doors upon special request to the Patrol Commander; controlling vehicular and pedestrian traffic as needed; arrest and prosecute law violators through the court system; and perform crime prevention while interacting with the victim, MUSC staff and clientele, as well as the general public. Officers participate in all special events such as the MUSC President’s Inauguration and the Commencement Ceremony.

Communications Division
The Communications Division receives all incoming emergency communications and answers routine calls after normal working hours. Calls for emergency assistance and requests for service are dispatched to the Patrol Division utilizing one of the three installed radio transmitters.

Rental Cars 
Triangle, Hertz and Budget give a discount to MUSC employees – simply state that you work for MUSC and show your MUSC I.D. Card.

Social Security Office
1463 Tobias Gadson Boulevard
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 573-3600

You need a Social Security number to get a job, collect Social Security benefits and receive some other government services.  Do not carry your card with you.  Keep it in a safe place with other important papers.


  • Bi-L
     - 1200 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, Charleston; (843) 573-4776
     - 3125 Bees Ferry Rd # D, Charleston; (843) 766-3360
     - 4391 Dorchester Rd # 130, Charleston; (843) 529-0615
  • Earth Fare
     - S Windermere Shopping, Charleston; (843) 769-0794
  • Food Lion:; (843) 577-8990
  • Harris Teeter:
     - East Bay Trading Station; (843) 722-6821
     - Oakpoint Center; (843) 406-8977
  • Publix Super Markets:
     - 162 Seven Farms Dr # 100, Daniel Island; (843) 388-1180
     - 520 Folly Beach Rd, Charleston; (843) 762-5670
     - 8409 Dorchester Rd, Charleston; (843) 767-5970
  • Piggly Wiggly:
     - 445 Meeting Street, Charleston; (843) 722-2766
     - 1005 Harbor View, Charleston; (843) 762-2124
  • Trader Joes:
     - 401 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Mt. Pleasant; (843)884-4037
  • Wholefoods:
     - 923 Houston Northcutt Blvd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464; (843) 971-7240

Supermarkets (Ethnic)

      • H & L Asian Market:
         - 5300 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29406; (843) 746-9221

      • Krishna Grocery
         - 2110 Greenridge Rd;  North Charleston, SC 29406; (843) 553-2115

      • Lucky Food Center
         - 5341 Dorchester Road # 10, North Charleston, SC 29418

      • Mini Mart West Indian Grocery
         - 5341 Dorchester Road, Charleston, SC 29418-5618; (843) 207-0777

      • Nelli Grocery Indian Spices & Vegetables:
         - 1901 Ashley River Rd, Charleston; (843) 225-4111

      • Saffron Cafe & BakeryPeninsula / Downtown
         - 333 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401; (843)722-5588


  • Costco (requires annual membership fee):
     - 3050 Ashley Town Center Dr;  Charleston, SC 29414; (843) 460-2000
  • Sam’s Wholesale Club (requires annual membership fee):
     - 4900 Centre Pointe Dr, North Charleston; (843) 529-9893
  • Target Charleston South:
     - 1300 Long Grove Dr, Mt Pleasant, SC; (843) 763-0756
     -  2070 Sam Rittenberg Boulevard, Charleston - (843) 763-0756
  • Wal-Mart:
     - 1481 N Highway 17, Mt Pleasant, SC; (843) 881-6100
     - 1231 Folly Rd;  Charleston, SC 29412; (843) 762-9034
     - 4920 Centre Pointe Dr, North Charleston, SC 29418; (843) 740-1112
     - 3951 W Ashley Cir, Charleston, SC 29414; (843) 763-5554

St. Luke’s Chapel
(843) 792-6775

181 Ashley Avenue
Open to the public: weekdays 9 am - 1 pm

This historic, non-denominational chapel serves as a location for numerous weddings.  The Chapel also serves as a hall for religious and devotional services, convocations, concerts, memorial services, funerals, lectures and other activities.

Spiritual Care
(843) 792-9464 during regular hours
(843) 792-2123

462E4 North Tower, 171 Ashley Ave

Pastoral Care Services offers spiritual care and emotional support to students, staff, postdocs, and hospital patients/families. Chaplains available 24 hrs/day.


      • Cooper River Bridge Run: 

      • Cycling Charleston: 

      • Soccer Clubs
      • Charleston Running Club

      • MUSC Intramural Sports

Student Activities
(843) 792-2693

Postdocs are welcome and encouraged to take part in some of the recreational and cultural events/programs sponsored by the MUSC Student Government Association and other MUSC student organizations.  Postdocs do not pay the student services fee that funds student activities, so most MUSC SGA-sponsored events are limited to students only.

Activities open to postdocs include all intramural sports and various cultural events put on throughout the year.  In addition, if a student-only event is not sold out, postdocs may be invited to participate.  The director of International Programs will notify postdocs of availability by email.

Telephone Numbers
Resources for obtaining university, hospital, individual staff and faculty numbers:

  • MUSC Telephone Directory, Available on MUSC’s home page, through the “Directory” option
  • University Operator, (843) 792-2300

Websites (Charleston)
       •Charleston Community Profile

       •Official City of Charleston Website

       •Charleston County parks

       •Charleston Papers / resources

Wellness Center
(843) 792-5757
45 Courtenay Street
A comprehensive wellness facility with over 100,000 square feet of opportunities to improve your health and fitness. The center features an indoor 25 meter pool, a Cardiovascular Room and Strength-Training Room with the latest equipment, Aerobics, Racquetball/Squash, Tennis, Basketball, an Indoor Track, and many exciting fitness programs.  Call or stop by the membership desk, located in the  upper lobby.

Writing Center
(843) 792-6390
171 Ashley Avenue
201 Education Center/Library

The Writing Center offers assistance in writing through constructive dialogue and one-on-one collaboration.  They are also available for workshops and class lectures.  Call if you need help with any of the following:

  • Choosing a topic for a paper
  • Writing academic argument
  • Understanding an assignment
  • Writing a rough draft
  • Revising and editing a draft
  • Documenting sources
  • Preparing a presentationMail Service


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