Campus Housing

Location
Columbia, SC
Undergrads
21,646
Tuition (in-state)
$27,644 ($10,488)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Dorms are great places to start meeting new people. New building and renovations are underway so that students can have even better housing experiences. Parking is a hassle, however. It's easier to walk or have an easier form of transportation, like a bike or moped.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: After freshman year, plan to move off campus.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: The buildings are a little old and I hear it has gotten a little more difficult to get in to housing if you are a freshman. I lived in Capstone and South Quad and they were both average. The Capstone dorms are small, but it is nice to only have to share a bathroom with your roommate and two suite mates. Capstone was great for meeting people and socializing, just about everyone on my floor was friends. South Quad was decent also, the apartment-style setup was a nice change from the typical dorm room--having a kitchen and your own room is always a plus. All of the on-campus, except for the Roost, is a very convenient walking distance to classes.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing on campus is good (and required) if you're a freshman. I lived in Capstone, which was definitely the best dorm to be in. Resident Mentors are definitely strict and can be annoying at times, but it's pretty easy to follow the rules (just go off campus to do what you want). Very few students live on campus freshman year, though they are building a new dorm for upperclassmen, and there is housing available on the Horseshoe for older students. The housing lottery can be annoying (unless you're in the Capstone or Honors program and are guaranteed housing in Capstone and Honors). Most dorms are very social and make it very easy to make friends that will last you the rest of college. Funny enough, the worse of a dorm you are in, the stronger the bonds you make with your neighbors are, so don't get upset if you end up in Bates House or The McProjects (McBryde).

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Easy to get to class, come back to your room, grab something to eat at the dining hall, meet with friends, etc.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 823rd
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 1066th
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 1286th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 1337th
    Shortest Walk to Class

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Gregory Goetz
Hometown
Fort Mitchell, KY
Major
Media Arts/Entrepreneurial Business
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There are advantages and disadvantages to living on campus. Most students find that doing so freshman year grants the opportunity to interact with students more and get involved in activities without having to worry about commuting. The quality of the dorm depends on what dorm you choose and your own personal preferences. They come furnished with the bare essentials (bed, desk, dresser, and closet); the rest is up to you. There are coed and single-sex dorms for freshmen and dorms with hall or suite-style bathrooms. Some say sharing a community bathroom helps students bond, while others wouldn’t dare use a community bathroom without being armed with a can of Lysol. University cleaning staffs do clean the hall bathrooms every day, while students with suite-style bathrooms are left on their own.

Visitation policies in some dorms can be a hindrance since most don’t allow members of the opposite sex late at night. There are mandatory hall meetings, rules about quiet hours, and the occasional RA from hell. Students generally rate the dorms average or a bit less than average in terms of cleanliness and quality. It seems as though Patterson and Capstone are the favorites for freshmen, but students admit that even these dorms aren’t all that great. On the flip side, if you live on campus, students have the convenience of being able to roll out of bed 15 minutes (or less) before class and still make it on time. You’ve also got the convenience of being surrounded by hundreds of students in the same boat as you, which can sometimes make the transition a whole lot easier. Oh yeah, and food is always close when you’re on campus.
 

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
6,594
Average Housing Costs
$4,900
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
40%
Number of Dormitories
14
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
8
Best Dorms
  • Capstone
  • Columbia Hall
  • Horseshoe Apartments
Worst Dorms
McBryde
What You Get
  • Air-conditioning
  • Bed
  • Closet
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Voice, cable and data connections
Also Available
  • No-visitation housing
  • Quiet floors in certain dorms
  • Special-interest housing
  • Wellness housing
Available for Rent
MicroFridges
Did You Know?
Special-interest housing includes the Capstone Scholars Program, West Quad Green Living Community, and the brand new Honors Hall in 2009.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Bates House
Floors: 9
Number of Occupants: 500
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: 24-hour computer lab, carpeting, dining facilities, MicroFridge in room, student parking lot. Home to the Bates Engineering Community. Visitation: 10 a.m.-2 a.m.
Bates West
Floors: 14
Number of Occupants: 400
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Carpeting, classroom, dining facility, electronic building access, meeting room, ping-pong table, pool table, refrigerator, student parking adjacent, TV lounge, vending machines. Visitation: Self-regulated.
Capstone House
Floors: 18
Number of Occupants: 564
Bathrooms: Suite-style
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Suites (doubles)
Special Features: Dining facility, student parking. Visitation: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-2 a.m., Friday-Sunday 12 p.m.-2 a.m.
Columbia Hall
Floors: 11
Number of Occupants: 480
Bathrooms: Suite-style
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (doubles)
Special Features: 24-hour computer lab, carpeted rooms, exercise center; substance-free floors available. Visitation: 10 a.m.-2 a.m.
Honors Housing
Floors: 6
Bathrooms: Suite-style
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites
Special Features: New in 2009, honors housing, laundry facilities
Maxcy College
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 182
Bathrooms: Suite-style
Coed: Yes
Residents: All freshmen
Room Types: Suites (doubles)
Special Features: Electronic building access, kitchen, laundry facilities, seminar room, social room. Visitation: 10 a.m.-2 a.m.
McBryde Quad
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 350
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, men only
Residents: Mostly freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Large social space, mostly Greek residents. Visitation: 10 a.m.-2 a.m.
McClintock
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 142
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Carpeted rooms, laundry facilities; Visitation: 10 a.m.-2 a.m.
Patterson Hall
Floors: 9
Number of Occupants: 615
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: 24-hour computer lab, carpeted rooms, community kitchens, dining facility. Visitation 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Preston College
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 240
Bathrooms: Suite-style
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (doubles)
Special Features: Common rooms, dining facility, seminar room; residents required to eat four evening meals per week in-hall (30 faculty dine with the students). Visitation: Self-regulated.
Roost Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 192
Bathrooms: Suite-style
Coed: No, men only
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites
Special Features: athletic fields nearby, carpeted rooms, dining facility, laundry facilities, MicroFridge in room, student parking adjacent. Visitation: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-2 a.m.
Sims Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 285
Bathrooms: Suite-style
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Suites (doubles)
Special Features: Carpeted rooms, classroom, laundry facilities, lounge with TV and piano. Visitation: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-2 a.m.
South Tower
Floors: 18
Number of Occupants: 391
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Community kitchens, conference room, electronic building access, laundry facilities, lounges, sorority lounges. Visitation: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-2 a.m., Friday-Sunday 12 p.m- 2 a.m.
Wade Hampton Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 178
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Electronic building access, laundry facilities, study room, TV lounge. Visitation: 10 a.m.-2 a.m. No visitation in basement.

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

DeSaussure College
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 11
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Four-bedroom apartments
Special Features: Carpeted units, refrigerator in each unit.
Located on the Horseshoe. Visitation: Self-regulated.
East Quadrangle
Floors: 5
Number of Units: 111
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Four-bedroom apartments
Special Features: Carpeted units, electronic building access, laundry facilities, meeting room, refrigerator in each unit, vending machines.
Visitation: Self-regulated.
French House
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 6
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Four-bedroom apartments
Special Features: Laundry facilities; home to French Living-Learning Community.
Close to business school and cafeteria. Visitation: Self-regulated.
Harper/Elliott Colleges
Floors: 3
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Two- and four-bedroom apartments
Special Features: Carpeted units, refrigerator in each unit.
Visitation: Self-regulated.
South Quadrangle
Floors: 4
Number of Units: 100
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Four-bedroom apartments
Special Features: Carpeted units, electronic building access, laundry facilities, meeting room, multipurpose room, refrigerator in each apartment, vending machines.
Visitation: Self-regulated.
Thornwell College
Floors: 3
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Two- to four-bedroom apartments
Special Features: Carpeted units, refrigarator in each apartment.
Visitation: Self-regulated.
West Quadrangle
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 125
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Four-bedroom apartments
Special Features: Carpeted units, convenience store, laundry facilities, meeting room, refrigerator in each apartment; home to Green Living Community.
Visitation: Self-regulated.
Woodrow College
Floors: 3
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Two- and three-bedroom apartments
Special Features: Carpeted units, refrigerator in each apartment.
Visitation: Self-regulated.

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