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 843.953.5523.

HOW TO APPLY FOR SPRING HOUSING

Note: Fall 2021 housing instructions will be posted no later than February 1, 2021. February 1 is the first day you will be able to pay the fall housing application fee to begin the housing application process.

Please review the Spring 2021 Housing Contract and Addendum, which you will sign during the housing application process. 

Starting November 2, 2020, at 9:00 a.m., you may begin the spring 2021 housing application by clicking the MyHousing/Dining button within MyCharleston.

In order to be able to access the spring 2021 housing application, you will need to pay the $50 housing application fee in the portal.

During the application process, you will designate your housing emergency contact, answer profile questions, select a meal plan, let us know your building preferences, and sign your housing contract and housing contract addendum. Since spring housing assignments are made based on the date the housing application is completed, we suggest you apply as soon as the application opens.

Beginning in December, Campus Housing will place students who have completed their housing applications. Anyone who has completed their housing application by December 7, 2020, will receive their placement via email by December 18, 2020. Applicants who apply after December 7 will be placed and emailed no later than January 4, 2021.

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. 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 provides students with the ability to search for and request a roommate in the housing portal as well as matching you to your future roommate if you do not find someone on your own.

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, bedtimes, 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. Just be honest and say you aren't organized!

If you have already found someone you wish to live with, you can select them as a roommate in your housing application. In order to select a roommate, they need to have also completed their housing application. Students can select one roommate for the spring 2021 semester. We suggest that you and your selected roommate talk about your building preferences and make sure they match.

If you want to live with a specific student who is already living on campus, you will have an opportunity to indicate that on the application and Campus Housing will contact you about your request.

CANCELLATION

If necessary, you may cancel your housing application and bed space online using the CANCEL APPLICATION FORM on the housing portal. From the portal home screen click on FORMS in the blue banner and follow the steps to cancel your application. The cancellation will be timestamped and processed as soon as possible.

Housing contracts may be canceled prior to January 6, 2021; 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 January 6, 2021.

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 may apply based on the date of cancellation.

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 843.953.5523 or in person at 40 Coming Street.