Local Atmosphere

Charleston, SC
Tuition (in-state)
$25,304 ($9,918)
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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Charleston is a huge tourist city and theres always so much going on and it is such a beautiful place. That's why everyone wants to be here

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There is always something fun to do downtown. The beach is only a fifteen minute drive away.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Everything you could want in one place. Culture, dining, shopping, beaches, and the historical beauty of the city can't be beat. I can't think of any place I would rather go to school.

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5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: The culture of Charleston is incredible. There is always something going on downtown, a festival, food week - you name it! It's great shopping, food, and nightlife. The locals tend to like the students, unless there's an issue going on.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I have made really great friends here and I am so glad that I chose to come this school. There are many festivities that everyone can go to and the charm of Charleston is always enticing.


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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Charleston is a city preserved by care and novelty, but this isn’t to say that Charleston is outdated or boring. Aside from being a beautiful and historic city, Charleston offers a variety of activities and events to choose from. The city is a national tourist destination that attracts those from far and wide to the annual Piccolo Spoleto arts festival and the Festival of Houses and Gardens. Three other colleges (CSU, the Citadel, and Trident Tech) are nearby, so even though Charleston is not a huge college town, there are enough college students to go around. Whether you’re into sports or art, outdoor activities or indoor, shopping or surfing, there is always something to do. Shops on King and Meeting Streets are only blocks away from campus. Beaches (yes, more than one) are only a 20-minute drive, and there are more restaurants downtown than anyone could ever eat at in a lifetime.

You may hear some stories of Hollywood celebrities graduating from the College or building a summer home here, but there are more stories to tell that are rich in history, meaning, and significance. Even students who have come to know Charleston as their home are freshly impressed and amazed by the beauty and history this city has to offer. The vendors on Market Street and the spooky ghost and dungeon tours are popular among students and tourists alike. Even just taking a leisurely walk around town is sure to be a feast for the eyes—mansions and spectacular gardens are in abundance south of Broad Street. If you are looking for skyscrapers, rush-hour traffic, and the hustle and bustle of a metropolis, search elsewhere. If you’re looking for laid-back, sweet-tea drinking, easy-going Southern culture, Charleston is just right for you.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Fun Facts about Charleston:
  2. The College of Charleston is the oldest city-run college in the United States, and one of the five oldest colleges in the country.
  3. Every year, the city of Charleston rakes in over four billion dollars from over five million tourists.
  4. Gone With the Wind, White Squall, The Patriot (with Mel Gibson, not Steven Seagal), O, Cold Mountain, and many other movies were filmed in Charleston.
  5. Just take if from Scarlett O'Hara: Charleston tops the list of best-mannered cities in the United States.
  6. The Piccolo Spoleto Festival, which is held every spring in Charleston and lasts two and a half weeks, is the most comprehensive arts festival in the country.
  7. Charleston, South Carolina's oldest city, has a sixteenth place ranking for the best quality of life in the nation, according to easidemographics.com.
  8. Travel + Leisure magazine named Charleston "America's Friendliest City" in 2008.
  9. The Notebook was filmed in Charleston and on CofC's campus.
Notable Natives
  • Stephen Colbert - comedian and host of the "Colbert Report"
  • Andy Dick - comedian and actor
  • James B. Edwards - governor of South Carolina
  • Dubose Heyward - author of Porgy, later adapted into the famous musical "Porgy and Bess" by George Gershwin
  • Orlando Jones - actor and comedian
  • Padgett Powell - author of "Edisto" and "Aliens of Affection"
Local Slang
  • Chucktown: Charleston
  • Y'all: You all
Points of Interest
  • The Battery
  • Boone Hall Plantation
  • Charleston Farmers' Market
  • Charleston Ghost and Dungeon Tour
  • Charleston Symphony Orchestra
  • Dock Street Theatre
  • Festival of Houses and Gardens
  • Folly Beach
  • Gibbes Museum of Art
  • Hunley Submarine
  • James Island County Park
  • Marion Square
  • Market Street
  • Middleton Place
  • Music Farm
  • Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon
  • Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum
  • Piccolo Spoleto Festival
  • Redux Contemporary Art Center
  • South Carolina Aquarium
  • Waterfront Park
Shopping Centers
  • Citadel Mall
  • Mount Pleasant Towne Center
  • Shops at King Street
  • Village Square Shopping Center
Movie Theaters
AMC Citadel Mall Stadium 16
2072 Sam Rittenburg Blvd.
(843) 763-7052
Movie Theaters
Carmike James Island 8
1743 Central Park Rd.
(843) 795-9499
Movie Theaters
Regal Palmetto Grande Stadium 16
1319 Theatre Dr.
Mount Pleasant
(843) 216-8696
Movie Theaters
Terrace Theater
1956 Maybank Highway
(843) 762-9494
Major Sports Teams
  • Charleston Battery: Major League Soccer
  • Charleston Riverdogs: Minor league baseball
  • South Carolina Stingrays: East Coast Hockey League
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Columbia: SC: 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Myrtle Beach: SC: 2 hours
  • Savannah: GA: 2 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 81 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 82 responses

  • 1% Painfully remote.
  • 1% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 4% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 10% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 84% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 82 responses

  • 5% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 34% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 61% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 84 responses

  • 11% No way.
  • 39% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 50% Totally.



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