Marcia Kelly McAlister Hall

Conveniently located above Einstein Bros. Bagels, McAlister Residence Hall is a six-story building housing approximately 530 students at the corner of St. Philip and Vanderhorst streets. Constructed in 2002, McAlister Hall features community spaces including the first-floor activity/study room, complete with a communal kitchen; a central courtyard; and 24-hour information/security desk.

McAlister Hall is arranged with all suites opening to outside corridors. Each suite consists of two to three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and a living room with kitchenette. All suites are shared by four to six students and all bedrooms are shared by two residents. McAlister is air conditioned, has free laundry centrally located on the ground floor, and is equipped with high-speed internet via Wi-Fi. 

Just downstairs, Einstein Bros. Bagels offers a wide variety of fresh baked bagels, sandwiches, salads, pastries and homemade desserts.

Take a 360° video tour of McAlister Hall. (The tour works best on mobile phones but can also be viewed on a desktop.) You can also check out this short tour with one of our RAs on the CofC Admissions Instagram channel. Please review room amenities below for the most up-to-date information. 

Room Amenities and Dimensions

  • Bedroom dimensions may vary according to specific location, but typical bedrooms measure 10’-6” wide x 11’ long, not including the dressing, closet and bath areas.
  • Twin extra-long bed: semi-lofted.  Each bed has a wooden frame measuring 36” wide x 80" long with approximately 30” of vertical clearance underneath. Mattresses accept only twin extra-long sheets.
  • Shared walk-in closet with non-locking door; average size is 48” wide x 60” deep x 96” high
  • Built-in dresser unit with 6 drawers (shared by two residents): 48” wide x 24” deep x 36” high
  • Desk: 42” wide x 24” deep x 30” high
  • Desk chair
  • One window: 46” wide x 70” high (larger in 5th & 6th floor “tower” rooms). All windows are covered by 1” aluminum mini-blinds. We do not allow wall or frame fastened curtain rods, but students may drape fabric from the valence of the blinds.

Meet the McAlister Staff!