Off-Campus Housing

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

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of choices available. The most affordable ones are 2 miles away from campus, which is not that bad but if you do not have a car, busses are not that reliable, especially when you are trying to get to class.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Great variety and very close to campus

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Located in Historic District so homes really close are expensive w/o roommates. Apartments are available relatively close.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are tons of options for off campus housing. There are apartment complexes everywhere for college students, and many houses that will rent out to students. There are places for every price range and lots of amenities such as pools and their own gyms.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I am very excited about off-campus housing next year. I'll be living in an apartment right beside the stadium so that will be convenient for gamedays. They also offer a shuttle to campus.

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  • 36th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Gregory Goetz
Hometown
Fort Mitchell, KY
Major
Media Arts/Entrepreneurial Business
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Many students will choose off-campus housing at some point in their college career. Whether it’s because of the greater freedom, the price, or just because they’re ready for a new phase in their lives, some prefer living off campus in spite of the removed distance. There are a multitude of student-living communities, with The Retreat and University Oaks among the favorites. The prices depend on the location, size, and quality of the apartment—off-campus housing is not always cheaper than on campus. The price of gas and a reserved garage space are also a factor, since both are necessary for anyone who commutes. To help out with this, most complexes offers a shuttle that runs to and from campus. Other additional costs include the cost of furniture, utilities, and groceries.

The main problem with living off campus is that students often feel secluded from the action. The convenience of the campus activities right outside your door is gone, and you can no longer venture to the library any time you need to or walk to the Russell House for a late-night meal with friends. It is all a question of whether your priority is freedom or convenience—a choice between freedoms with added responsibility or convenience with less flexibility. However, the option of quality off-campus housing is definitely there for those who decide to go that route.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
60%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$9,940
Best Time to Look for a Place
January/February for fall semester, October for spring semester

Popular Areas
  • Copper Beach
  • Garnet River Walk
  • The Retreat
  • University Oaks
Average Rents
  • Studio: $550
  • 1 BR: $525
  • 2 BR: $650
  • 4BR: $1,200
Did You Know?
Almost every off-campus student living community provides a free shuttle system that runs students to and from campus.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 131 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 132 responses

  • 2% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 2% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 67% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 30% 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 131 responses

  • 22% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 56% Somewhat helpful.
  • 21% Extremely helpful.
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