Campus Housing

Location
Charleston, SC
Undergrads
9,760
Tuition (in-state)
$25,304 ($9,918)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The location is the best part about campus housing, but the price and the space are the biggest cons because it costs aout $1000 or more a month to live there and there is no space at all.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: On-campus housing is a bit of a rip-off. Nicer apartments off-campus go for about the same price.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Like most dorms they are pretty small and could use some updating. They are close to classes and all the activity of the city though which is a big plus.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorms are kind of old. But they are easy to sign up for. Very rooms, old appliances. Over priced.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: It's strange because you normally only live on campus for one year. After freshman year, the cost and amenities don't add up because there is NO point in living on campus when you can live off campus and park at your own house. It's unfortunate since CofC will charge you an arm and a leg to live on campus when the best options are normally off campus, but you'll have to walk!

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 14th
    Shortest Walk to Class
  • 407th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 648th
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 1002nd
    Cleanest Dorms

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Perhaps the most anticipated part of the college experience is living away from home, and there is no better option at the College of Charleston than living in the dorms. It's a fantastic way to meet new people, form new friendships, and get a taste of independence. Of course, there are some issues (middle-of-the-night fire drill evacuations, noise at ridiculous hours, insects, etc.), but the benefits are so much weightier. The friendships that can be built within suites and dorms are for life.

Charleston's residence halls run the spectrum from older and distinguished to new and modern, with the average dorm room being spacious and suite-style. While the nicest dorms are usually reserved for upperclassmen, even the older dorms have a certain charm and a rollicking social scene. There are even a variety of historic Charleston houses which are owned by the College and used for student residences. Along with the quality of the dorms, the expense of on-campus housing runs the gamut, with the nicest dorms being about twice as costly as the more rundown buildings.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
3,374
Average Housing Costs
$7,111
Types of Housing Offered
  • Apartments for single students
  • Coed dorms
  • Fraternity/sorority housing
  • Men's dorms
  • Theme housing
  • Women's dorms
Undergrads Living On Campus
34%
Freshmen Living On Campus
92%
Number of Dormitories
8
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
3
Best Freshman Dorms
  • Liberty Street Hall
  • Marcia Kelly McAlister Hall
Best Upperclassman Dorms
  • George Street Apartments
  • Kelly House Apartments
Worst Freshman Dorms
College Lodge
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
Joe E. Berry Jr. Hall
What You Get
  • Air conditioning
  • Bed
  • Cable TV and phone jacks
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Internet connection
  • Wardrobe or closet
Also Available
Historic houses are for upperclassmen only and range in occupancy from 8 to 40 people. Each bedroom houses up to three students, and each historic house provides access to laundry and computer facilities. All historic houses have Internet service, air conditioning, telephone hookups, and cable TV. Living in a historic house, especially one situated on the College Green, is a wonderful way to experience the beautifully preserved architecture of Charleston.
Did You Know?
  • All campus residents get free cable and access to the College of Charleston's movie channel.
  • Berry Hall is supposed to be one of the most haunted locations in South Carolina.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Buist Rivers Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: 24-hour security desk, cable TV, Internet, laundry facilities, study lounges, Honors hall
College Lodge
Floors: 6
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: 24-hour security desk, computer lab, convenience store, game room, laundry facilities, outdoor courtyard with basketball court and cookout area, study lounge, TV lounge, vending machines
Craig Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: No, men only
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites
Special Features: 24-hour security desk, community lounge, computer lab, dining facility, game room, laundry facilities, study rooms
Glenn McConnell Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites
Special Features: 24-hour security desk, activity room, computer lab, courtyard, community kitchen, laundry facilities, study lounges, theater room
Joe E. Berry Jr. Hall
Floors: 6
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites
Special Features: 24-hour security desk, activity center, air conditioning, computer lab, kitchen and laundry on each floor, study lounges, theater room, TV lounges
Liberty Street Hall
Floors: 6
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites
Special Features: 24-hour security desk, cable TV, cafeteria, game room, home theater, in-room sinks, Internet, community kitchen, laundry facilities, lounges, study lounges
Marcia Kelly McAlister Hall
Floors: 6
Number of Occupants: 500-749
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites
Special Features: 24-hour security desk, activity room, central courtyard, Einstein Bros. Bagels, laundry facilities
Rutledge Rivers Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites
Special Features: 24-hour security desk, computer lab, laundry facilities, lounges, Honors hall

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

George Street Apartments
Floors: 5
Number of Units: 50-99
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Apartments
Special Features: Cable TV, cafeteria, outdoor courtyards
Kelly House Apartments
Floors: 4
Number of Units: 50-99
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Apartments
Special Features: 24-hour security desk, courtyard, laundry facilities
Warren Place Apartments
Floors: 3, 4, and 5, respectively
Number of Units: 50-99
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Apartments
Special Features: Bike storage, laundry facilities

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