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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: If you start looking in early January, late december for off campus housing the process is a lot easier. It also helps if you know people who are graduating or no longer living in their houses for the next year. It's really all about chance and who you know, you should be careful about moving into historic houses because sometimes things are falling apart and the landlords don't care.

4 College Senior

Party Scene: There is a multitude of options, you can attend a house party, a bar, or a small social gathering of friends.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: We have restaurant week in January where all the high end restaurants offer deals for the entire week. There will also be nights that restaurants have options for 5 dollar burgers or pizzas.

3 College Senior

Administration: The school policies affect those students that are on scholarships. The campus police are very strict because of our location within the city. Attendance is very strict as well. Most classes only allow for three unexcused absences before they deduct from your overall grade.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Being an out of state student I wasn't able to receive any scholarships for my academic achievements from both high school and community college. That was the only frustrating experience for me, but honestly this school is so incredible that I would still do this experience all over again.

3 College Senior

Campus Food: The off campus meal plan is an incredible option for students. It allows for them to eat at all the restaurants on King Street.

5 College Senior

Campus Housing: It's incredible being three minutes away from both your classes and the historic King Street. The dorms instill an incredible sense of community and most people make their life long friends in the dorms. The social atmosphere is really positive and if you ever feel alone or secluded you can simply walk over to the cistern and sit down there, or head over to the stern student center.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: FAFSA definitely makes it easy to apply.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: I usually try and make my own food, but I tend to eat at the restaurants in the city.

3 College Freshman

Administration: They did what they needed to do to keep the students safe in a city.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is very expensive because it is in a city, but the freedom is definitely worth it. You have to look early to get a good house.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: The party scene mostly revolves around bars downtown.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dining is amazing. Food in Charleston is amazing and I usually spend all my money on food.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I was lucky enough to receive merit scholarships to supplement my out of state tuition but I don't think many other people received those scholarships.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: It's hard to eat on campus when there are so many better options within walking distance. Everything in the dining halls was always just okay. The ingredients were definitely not fresh and by the end of the year I really did not enjoy a majority of the food they served.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus for my first year was a great experience. I met most of my friends through my dorm room. The rooms were large enough to fit comfortably. As a member of the honors college I was given priority housing selection.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: King Street is full of dining options if you have the money. Ranges from fast food like Subway to very fancy five star restaurants. everything is fairly expensive just because it is a city.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: very confusing and didn't help much

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: some days are better then other, the dining dollars are great but you run out quickly.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: its like a normal college

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: The Greek students aren't really viewed as different by non-Greeks because greek life isn't a major part of the student life at College of Charleston so that also affects the housing that's available for Greeks. The Greeks just live off-campus mostly or in the dorms.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The student involvement in athletics at the College of Charleston is average compared to other schools but since the facilities of baseball, softball, soccer, etc aren't near campus and require transportation it is hard to support those, but basketball is a big sport and the support is usually high.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have not tried to get off-campus housing yet but I believe that the housing is usually easily to find if you go on Craigslist. On Craigslist, you can find good prices, but sometimes the location might not be ideal.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: I don't party so I am really unable to explain the party scenes, but I know that there are many parties and the parties are good quality and they are a big part of the college experience at College of Charleston.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: At my school, we have King Street which has many choices of food so there is no problem of off-campus dining and they are decent pricing. The only thing I wish would change is the discount for students.

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Most students acknowledge the fact that at the College of Charleston, they’re experiencing something unique and rare. Not only is the city an interesting and fascinating place, but the years students will spend at CofC will be radically different than they would be at most other schools. Many schools are not located in the heart of a city as Charleston is, and many schools do not preserve the old while combining it with the new, the way the College of Charleston strives to. Although CofC may not have a well-known reputation for superior academics or sports, both the latter and the former are among the greatest in the nation, and many students come to care less and less about the acclaim that Charleston receives.

One cannot truly understand the appeal and rarity of attending the College of Charleston until they have been here awhile, and though students do transfer out for various reasons (including simply not being happy as a CofC student), those who do remain here for all of their college years look back on their memories with nothing but contentment and pride. Charleston does its best to encourage its students and residents to enjoy the time they spend here, and students here will never be lacking in opportunity for their career or education goals. Though it may be small and laid-back, the College of Charleston has many different qualities to be proud of and the students themselves have said that Charleston has become their home.

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