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 home! Check out all the options available to you by visiting our Residence Halls 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. For additional questions, review our helpful FAQ page, and feel free to email Campus Housing or call us at 843.953.2015.

Housing is guaranteed for incoming students who complete their housing application by May 1. After May 1, students may join our waitlist, which will be filled on a space-available basis.

How to Apply for Fall Housing

Housing Options

Roommates

Room Selection

Waitlist

Cancellation

Housing Accommodations

How to Apply for Fall Housing

Please review the 2021-2022 Housing Contract (PDF), which you will sign during the housing application process. Housing contracts are binding for the entire academic year (both fall and spring semesters).

Step One: To access the housing application, you’ll need to first pay the $400 College of Charleston enrollment deposit, either online through MyCharleston or in person at the Treasurer’s Office. If you have concerns about making the $400 enrollment deposit, you may request a financial need-based waiver by emailing the Office of Admissions at admissions@cofc.edu.

How to pay your enrollment deposit online:

  • Log into MyCharleston.
  • Select the My Accounts tab, scroll to the bottom, and click the Log onto eBill account link. Then, click the Open my eBill account button.
  • In the pop-up window, select Deposits at the top. Find the term (2021 Fall) and click Select.
  • In the drop-down menu that will appear to the right, select Fall Deposit Incoming Students. The system will prompt you to submit the $400 enrollment deposit.

Step Two: The housing application opened February 1, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. If you just paid your CofC enrollment deposit, you'll be able to take this next step 24 business hours after making your deposit. To begin the housing application, log into MyCharleston and click the MyHousing/Dining portal icon at the top right. Once in the portal, click the Apply for Housing/Meal Plan button. You will be prompted to pay the $50 housing application fee. During the application process, you will designate your housing emergency contact, answer profile questions, select a meal plan, create a roommate group (optional), and sign your housing contract. For students under the age of 18, your parent or guardian will also be required to sign the housing contract. Housing is guaranteed for incoming students who complete their housing application by May 1, 2021. After May 1, students may join our waitlist, which will be filled on a space-available basis. Please read below about the waitlist.

Step Three: In June, after you have completed your housing application, you will get to select your room based on the date you completed your housing application – please complete your application as soon as possible once it opens! More information on this process will be available in April.

Note: You may return to your completed application between now and May 15, 2021, to select a roommate or make roommate changes, if you choose, and you may make a change to your meal plan until August 18, 2021. (After August 18, you may still make changes to your meal plan via Campus Services HQ, through August 30 at 5:00 p.m.)

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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. 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. Plus, 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, sample floor plans, 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. 

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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 has a state-of-the-art system where you can search for roommates and message each other directly.

This video, from our virtual "Find Your Best Roommate" event, walks you through how to use the roommate search functions in the MyHousing/Dining portal and goes over things you should consider when looking for a roommate.  

Within the housing application, you will be asked several profile questions that our system can use to match you with a compatible 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. Please answer the profile questions on your own. The questions you will answer cover areas like sharing of items, cleanliness, bedtimes, noise, and the relationship you’d like 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. Just be honest and say you aren’t organized! 

If you have already found someone you wish to live with, you can create a roommate group in your housing application. In order to select one another, both students need to have completed the housing application. Roommate groups for incoming students should be an even number, with a max of eight people (our largest suite style for freshmen has four rooms). You will be able to form a roommate group until May 15, 2021.

For more information and tips on finding the right roommate for you, please read Residence Life's guide to living with a roommate

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Room Selection

Room selection will generally start on June 1, 2021, for incoming Honors College students and June 2, 2021, for incoming students. (Bridge and Honors ELLC students are assigned rooms and do not participate in the room-selection process.)

The deadline to select a room is June 10, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. EST. If you do not sign up by this date, you will be placed at the end of the waitlist and we will not be able to guarantee you housing.

Please read all email from Campus Housing carefully regarding additional details about your specific date and time for room selection. You can find general instructions for how to select you room on our Room Selection page.

This video, from our virtual "Get Ready for Room Selection" event, walks you through how to use the MyHousing/Dining portal to select your room.  

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Waitlist

To join our waitlist, log into MyCharleston and click the MyHousing/Dining portal icon at the top right. Once in the portal, click the Apply for Housing/Meal Plan button. Click the Apply button next to 2021-2022 Housing Application, which will take you to the next page indicating that says Application Closed. Click on the Waitlist button, then Continue on the next page, and then Sign Up for Waitlist. Under Fall 2021 Housing Waitlist, click Select Waitlist and then add your cell phone and email address in the box below. Click Save & Continue, which will take you to the Waitlist Status page showing your order in the waitlist.

We will reach out to anyone on the waitlist with an update on likely availability around June 30. We've provided some additional information on our Waitlist Information page.

If you decide later that you would like to remove yourself from our waitlist, you’ll need to click back through the Application and the Waitlist buttons, like you did when joining it. Then select Fall 2021 Housing Waitlist under the Waitlist Status page and click Remove.

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Cancellation

If necessary, you may cancel your housing application and bed space online using the CANCEL APPLICATION button on the homepage of the MyHousing/Dining portal. The cancellation will be timestamped and processed as soon as possible. Cancellation penalties will apply based on the date of cancellation.

February 1 – June 30, 2021: 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, 2021.

July 1 – July 31, 2021: 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, 2021.

August 1 – August 20, 2021: Students may cancel their housing contract during this time; however, a cancellation penalty of $1,000 will be charged to the student’s eBill account. The cancellation must be received via the MyHousing/Dining portal by August 20, 2021.

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Housing Accommodations

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.

If you have any questions regarding the housing application process, please feel free to contact Campus Housing via email at housing@cofc.edu, by phone at 843.953.2015 or in person at 40 Coming Street. 

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