Off-Campus Housing

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

Off-Campus Housing: Depending on how well you get to know Charleston you can get a truly great living arrangement for relatively cheap. If you don't know the area you could get a house in a very sketchy area

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Its great but it definitely costs way more than it should. It's ridiculous what people pay for rent and is super pricey and is impossible for a student to go to school and work enough to pay rent and utilities which is the reasoning behind why i have to move back home.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: I dont life off campus so.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The rent costs are very high. It is difficult to find something affordable in downtown, so a lot of people end up living in really old houses or off the peninsula.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I live off campus yet my apartment is right beside campus. It is a five minute walk to all my classes and there is a parking garage across the street.

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  • 499th
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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
66%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
8%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$8,959
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 81 responses

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  • 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 81 responses

  • 0% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 19% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 70% 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 81 responses

  • 44% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 48% Somewhat helpful.
  • 6% Extremely helpful.
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