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Incoming New 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).

HOW TO APPLY

Step One: To access the housing application, you will need to pay the $100 enrollment deposit, $200 housing prepayment, and the $50 application fee either online through MyCharleston or in person at the Treasurer’s Office.

How to make a payment online:

  1. Log into MyCharleston.
  2. Select the MyAccounts tab, scroll to the bottom, and click the link that says “Log onto eBill account.” Click the “Open my eBill account” button.
  3. In the pop-up window, select “Deposits” at the top, then select the term (2019 Fall) and click “Select.”
  4. In the drop-down menu that will appear to the right, select “Fall Housing Deposit.” The system will prompt you to submit the $200 housing prepayment (this confirms your intent to request on-campus housing).
  5. Repeat step 4, but select “Housing Application Fee.” The system will prompt you to submit the $50 housing application fee (this will allow you to access the housing application).

If you have concerns about making the $200 housing prepayment, you can request a waiver by emailing admissions@cofc.edu.

Step Two: Starting February 1, 2019 at 9:00AM, after you have made the payments referenced in step one, you may begin the application by choosing the MyHousing/Dining button within MyCharleston. During the application process, you will designate your housing emergency contact, answer profile questions, select a meal plan, designate building preferences, preference a roommate (optional), and sign your housing contract. Before you designate your building preferences, Campus Housing suggests that you check out the Residence Halls page where you can see model rooms and learn about all the amenities for each building.

Housing is guaranteed for incoming students who complete their housing application by May 1, 2019. Housing assignments and move in times will be emailed to all students’ CofC email addresses by the beginning of July.

HOUSING OPTIONS

Not sure where you want to live? Don’t worry, Campus Housing is here to help you find the perfect home away from home. Did you know that studies show that students who live on campus in residence halls are more likely to stay in school and graduate than those who choose to live off campus? Besides, it is way easier to get up 10 minutes before class and make it on time if you live close to your classes. We encourage all incoming students to check out the Residence Halls page to learn more about housing options, including pictures of buildings, room amenities, and so much more! Just remember that wherever you end up, we have amazing Residence Life staff members to answer all your questions and help develop your new community.

ROOMMATES

One of the first connections college students make is with their roommate. Many students are nervous about living with a new person and sharing a room. This is totally natural, and that is why Campus Housing works with incoming students to match you to your future roommate. During your housing application, you will be asked several profile questions that Campus Housing will use to match you with a roommate. It is very important that you fill out these answers honestly. Family members can be very helpful, but they will not be the ones living in your new room, so please answer the profile questions on your own. The questions you will answer cover areas like sharing of items, cleanliness, bed times, noise, and the relationship between you and your future roommate. We encourage you to answer these questions based on who you are today, not who you think you will become in college. Trust us, if your room is a mess now, it is unlikely that this will change with your busy college schedule, so don’t say you are organized; just be honest!

CANCELLATION

If necessary, students can cancel their housing application and assigned bed space online using the CANCELLATION PAGE of the housing application. The cancellation will be timestamped and processed as soon as possible. If a student opts to not attend the College of Charleston for any reason, they need to cancel their housing application online immediately. Notifying another campus department of their intent does not automatically cancel their housing application and room reservation. Cancellation penalties will apply based on the date of cancellation.

February 1 – June 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 June 30, 2019.

July 1 – July 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 July 31, 2019.

August 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.

HOUSING ACCOMODATIONS

Campus Housing recognizes the needs of students with disabilities. We work in conjunction with the Center for Disability Services to coordinate proper facilities and arrangements for students with a documented disability. Students should share any requests for accommodations in their housing application under the personal and contact details page; however, students must apply for housing accommodations by contacting Disability Services at 843.953.1431. Find more information at the Center for Disability Services.