Most students can't wait to get off campus, have their own room, and make their own rules. One thing to watch out for: make sure the people you're moving in with are trustworthy enough to sign a lease. There are plenty of single-bedroom apartments, but they are also very expensive. Realty companies don't often offer individual leases, so if a roommate stops paying rent, everyone in the house is responsible.
Columbia offers multiple areas for student living, including The Falls, Bearfield, The Cottages, and Grantwood Village. These places do not offer single-bedroom housing, but rather they provide multiple-room housing for roommates. The prices for rent range from $250 to $400 per person. This does not include utilities or cable/Internet. Some of these places are very nice on the inside and are in decent neighborhoods; others (such as most housing on East Campus) are not very good. East Campus housing is good in the aspect that it is very close to campus. Most other places are about a five- to 10-minute drive from campus.