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Current and Returning Students

Interested in living in a vibrant community where your fellow classmates are right down the hall?  Want the convenience of living close to your classes, dining facilities, and study spaces?  If you answered yes, then Campus Housing is here to help you find the perfect on-campus living solution!  You may want to check out all of the options available to you by visiting our Residence Hall Information page.  If you would like information about housing accommodations please visit the Center for Disability Services.  To view policies and procedures for students living in on-campus housing, visit Residence Life's Policies and Procedures.

2019-2020 Housing Contract (pdf) Housing contracts are binding for the entire academic year (both fall and spring semesters).


Step One: In order to be able to access the 2019-2020 housing application you will need to pay the $200 housing prepayment and the $50 housing application fee either online through MyCharleston (under the eBill account, then click Deposits) or in person at the Treasurer’s Office. Click here for full directions on how to make a payment. If you have concerns about making the $200 housing prepayment and are currently receiving financial aid you can print out this waiver and return it, along with appropriate documentation referenced on the form, to Campus Housing at 40 Coming Street, by email or by fax 843-953-6590.  Campus Housing suggests that you take care of making payments now so you are ready once the application opens on February 1, 2019 at 9:00AM.

Step Two: Starting February 1, 2019 at 9:00AM and after you have made the payments referenced in step one, you may begin the housing application by clicking the MyHousing/Dining button within MyCharleston. During the application process you will designate your housing emergency contact, answer profile questions, select a meal plan, and sign your housing contract.  This step must be completed before your assigned room selection time (see below for more details) so Campus Housing suggests completing this as soon as possible starting February 1, 2019 at 9:00AM. 

Step Three:  24 business hours after you have completed your housing application, you will be assigned a timeslot to access the portal to select your room.  To view your assigned time, please see the home page of the MyHousing/Dining portal.  Your timeslot is determined by your earned credit hours as of December 2018. 

Step Four:  After you have been assigned a timeslot, you have several options of how to select the perfect space for next year.  You can gather a group of friends and select housing together by forming a roommate group (groups can be formed February 1-5), or you can select housing individually based on your earned credit hours during new room selection.



Do you have other students you want to live with?  Then consider forming a roommate group so you can all select housing together.  Groups must be at least 2 people and not more than 8 people and need to be fully formed by February 5, 2019 at noon.  Your room selection time will be based on an average of all group members earned credit hours. To form a group go to the ROOMMATE GROUP section of the housing application.  You will need to select a group leader who will be the one actually selecting the room space. The group leader will then create the roommate group and password.  Next, all group members who have completed the housing application can join the roommate group using the password the group leader has assigned.  Finally once all members have joined the group the group leader will need to log back in and click the verify button.    

Campus Housing will then average the credit hours of all group members and assign a selection time to the group.  The group leader will then select housing for the group by clicking on the ROOM SEARCH WIZARD in the housing application. The group leader will select a building and room from what is offered at the time of selection, assign bed spaces to each member of the group, and finally will need to click the RESERVE BEDS button in order to reserve the spaces. Once your group leader selects housing you are no longer eligible to select a room space on your own. All roommate groups need to be formed by February 5, 2019 at noon in order to select as a group.  After that date students will need to select spaces individually.


In order to be assigned a time slot to select housing students must have a completed housing application at least 24 business hours before their designated selection time.  If you would like to select a space individually you can do so during new room selection.  You will have the opportunity to select any space that is open during your selection timeframe which is determined by the number of earned credit hours as of December 2018. The following schedule will be used:

February 6 – March 8: Students with 91 hours and above may enter the portal to select a room

February 13 – March 8: Students with 61-90 earned credit hours may enter the portal to select a room

February 20 – March 8: Students with 31-60 earned credit hours may enter the portal to select a room

February 27– March 8: Students with less than 31 earned credit hours may enter the portal to select a room

To select a bed space, please go to the ROOM SEARCH WIZARD section within your housing application, select a building, and then select a room/suite. After selecting the room, you will be prompted to select a bed space within that room from the drop down menu. Once the bed is selected, click reserve bed in order to reserve your space.

If you change your mind once you have reserved a bed and wish to select a different space you must cancel the original bed you reserved before you will be able to search other available bed spaces. If a bed has been cancelled, other students will be able to view and/or reserve it. Be careful during this process, as you may lose the bed to another student once the bed is cancelled. Campus Housing will not be able to remove another student from the room after he/she has selected the space.

In order to house our large incoming class Campus Housing will be designating specific suites within buildings where incoming students live (10 Warren, McAlister, McConnell, Buist, Craig, College Lodge, Liberty, and Berry Hall) that will be reserved for our incoming class.  Returning students are welcome to live in these buildings but will be only be able to select specific suites. 

The ROOM SEARCH WIZARD will close at 11:59pm on March 8, 2019 and all students who have applied for housing need to have selected a room by that time. 


If during selection the space you are interested in is not available you can add yourself to the desired room waitlist. The desired room wait list will open at 9:00AM on March 15, 2019 and can be accessed on the APPLICATION STATUS page of the housing application. As spaces become available Campus Housing will contact you with more information.  You must have a reserved space for the 2019-2020 academic year in order to be considered for spaces that open. If you are in a roommate group and the entire group wishes to be added to the desired room waitlist, each member will need to add themselves and indicate their group name in the notes/additional comments section.

NOTE: Filling out the desired room wait list does not guarantee you will have the opportunity to switch to the building of your choice. Campus Housing will contact you individually regarding their desired room waitlist requests. You will have 24 business hours to respond to the offer before we move to the next student on the list. If you accept the offer, we will immediately reassign you to the new room. If you decline the offer, you will remain on the list until another space becomes available. If at any time you wish to be removed from the desired room waitlist, please contact Campus Housing.


If necessary, you may cancel your housing application and bed space online using the CANCELLATION PAGE of the housing application. The cancellation will be timestamped and processed as soon as possible. If you leave the college for any reason (withdrawal, transfer, leave of absence, graduation, academic dismissal etc.) please cancel your housing application online immediately. Notifying another campus department of your reason does not automatically cancel your housing application and room reservation. Cancellation penalties will apply based on the date of cancellation.

April 1-April 30, 2019- students may cancel their housing contract during this time, however a cancellation penalty of $200 will be charged to the student’s eBill account. The cancellation must be received via the MyHousing/Dining portal by April 30, 2019.

May 1-May 31, 2019- students may cancel their housing contract during this time, however a cancellation penalty of $500 will be charged to the student’s eBill account. The cancellation must be received via the MyHousing/Dining portal by May 31, 2019.

June 1-August 20, 2019- students may cancel their housing contract during this time, however a cancellation penalty of $1000 will be charged to the student’s eBill account. The cancellation must be received via the MyHousing/Dining portal by August 20, 2019.

If you have any questions regarding this process please feel free to contact our office via email at or phone at 843.953.5523 or by stopping by 40 Coming Street.