Off-Campus Housing

Charleston, SC
Tuition (in-state)
$25,304 ($9,918)
Admission Difficulty
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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Living in Charleston is very expensive and it is always hard to find a parking spot especially near the school. The traffic in the mornings are crazy so people living off-campus always have to leave earlier and they risk being late to class.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Start the search early. Its a hit or miss price wise, you can find gold for 400$ a month or 1200$ a month. Driveways are nearly nonexistent, most get an on-street parking pass, but these are limited per household.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Many different houses to choose from, close walk to campus.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I have not personal lived off-campus, but several of my friends do and they love it. There are many housing options that are within a few blocks from the main campus. The students have to pay rent themselves but it gives them more freedom than living in a dorm.

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I never Lived off-campus, personally.


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  • 499th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Though the search is a challenge, the satisfaction that comes with having your own place is well worth the trouble. While some students rent entire houses in groups of eight or nine, others may choose to live by themselves, and in turn, end up paying more than they would if they shared a two- or three-bedroom place. But if you’re not good at sharing your space, Charleston does have quite a wide selection of single-bedroom apartments. Students at the College agree that feeling comfortable with your landlord and your location are probably the two most important things, before the quality and price of your apartment. Students are spread out all over downtown, many close to campus on streets like Calhoun, St. Philip, King, Bull, and Vanderhorst, but locations blocks away like Felix, Cannon, and Bogart are just as popular.

If you’re looking for an actual apartment (rather than a floor of a house, which is most common downtown), check out areas such as James Island or Mount Pleasant. Beware, though; these locations come with the added trouble of commuter traffic and parking. No matter where you live downtown, transportation will never be a problem. The most you will need is a bike to get to and from class. It is not impossible to find a great place downtown and the Residence Life Web site even has a page of listings to help out students in the apartment-hunting process. While these places may not be exactly modern, there are a lot of huge historic homes in Charleston where you can rent the entire floor. It's great for parties!

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Students looking for housing for the fall semester often start looking for places early in the spring semester, around January or February. The demand for downtown housing is high, so it is best advised to act quickly and allot yourself enough time to find something you like. Very few realtors hold apartments due to the great demand for properties. If you look for something last minute, you will usually find something reasonable; however, the earlier you start looking, the more desirable your housing situation will be.
Popular Areas
  • Bogart Street
  • Cannon Street
  • Coming Street
  • King Street
  • Pitt Street
  • Smith Street
  • St. Philips
  • Vanderhorst Coming Street
Average Rents
  • Studio: $650
  • 1 BR: $750
  • 2 BR: $1,250
  • 3 BR: $1,800
  • 4 BR: $2,400

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 87 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 87 responses

  • 0% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 17% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 71% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 11% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 86 responses

  • 43% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 50% Somewhat helpful.
  • 6% Extremely helpful.
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