On-Campus Housing

Living in one of the College of Charleston residence halls (dormitories), will allow you to meet new people, participate in social activities and events, and become an active member of the campus community.


The College of Charleston does not currently offer on-campus housing for married couples or graduate students.

Prior to move in, students should familiarize themselves with the Guide to Residential Living. This important resource provides information on residence hall programs, policies, services, rules of conduct, disciplinary actions, fire and life safety violation assessment, and the administrative structure of residence life and housing.


dorm lifeThe College of Charleston tries to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

  • Front desk staffed 24 hours per day (in most residence halls)
  • Air-conditioned buildings
  • Bicycle racks
  • Cable television hook-up
  • Furnished bedrooms (Extra long twin bed, closet or wardrobe, chest of drawers, desk, and desk chair are provided. In Warren Place and George Street Apartments, full-size beds are provided.)
  • Furnished common rooms (where applicable)
  • In-room high-speed Internet access
  • Insect and pest control
  • Free laundry facilities and laundry monitoring system
  • Vending areas
  • Food service locations in 3 of our 7 residence halls, accessible to all students
  • 24-Hour visitation policy

Please keep in mind that Residence Hall rooms do NOT include any bedding, facecloths or towels. If a student will require bedding/towels on his or her first night in Charleston, these items may be purchased ahead of time and shipped to campus. Please contact the ELI for more information on placing bedding orders from Charleston-area stores prior to arrival in the U.S.

Additional information about on-campus housing may be found in the ELI Student Handbook.

Applying for On-Campus Housing

Students should inform the ELI of their intention to live on campus when submitting their program application. The ELI director, David McIntosh will connect ELI students with the CIE Student Services Coordinator, who will then assist the students in completing the on-campus housing application.

The CIE is the center for international education and has additional information for international students.

Off-campus Housing

If a student does not qualify for on-campus housing, or simply wishes to live off-campus, the Student Services Coordinator at the CofC Center for International Education is available to assist in finding suitable off-campus housing.
Students who have been accepted to the ELI, and require assistance in securing off-campus housing, may contact David McIntosh, ELI Director, or Melissa Ochal, at 843.953.7822.

Meal Plans and Dining On-campus

Dining On-Campus

meal plan The College of Charleston has eight on-campus locations that feature an impressive selection of dining options: from all-you-can-eat buffets to fast food. Breakfast, lunch, dinner – even late-night snacks – all available, right on campus!
Detailed information about dining options may be found in the ELI Student Handbook.

Meal Plans

The College of Charleston offers a variety of meal plans, applicable to numerous dining locations across campus. Meals refer to the number of times per week you may use your Student ID (or Cougar Card) to access the two all-you-can-eat cafeterias.

A list of available meal plans may be accessed on the CofC Dining Services website. Please note that the fees will be pro-rated according to the length of the student’s program date.

Students who are interested in purchasing a meal plan should inform the ELI of their intentions when submitting their program application.

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Campus Life

silcox gym on cofc campus

College of Charleston students are film buffs, black belts, environmentalists, deejays and volunteers. We’ve formed more than 240 student clubs and organizations where you can make new friends, learn from others, serve the community, share your talents, and best of all try something totally new.

Our sport clubs are the perfect place to release your inner athlete and often make for a great excuse to hang out at the beach. Or, you can experience hands-on media training with CisternYard Media, an organization that controls our campus television studio, radio station, the newsroom and our award-winning literary magazine, Miscellany.

Our students are also dedicated to service. Sign up for Habitat for Humanity, Alternative Spring Break or the always-rockin’, never-stoppin’ Charleston Miracle (a dance marathon funraiser). Along with other students, members of the 25 national fraternities and sororities on campus spend serious time volunteering with community groups when they’re not planning for Greek Week.

College is a great place to meet people with similar backgrounds or hang out with a whole new crowd. Whatever your preference, we have dozens of religious, international and multicultural organizations to serve our diverse student body.

About Charleston

Trying to describe why Charleston’s vibe resonates is like trying to explain why your favorite song rocks. It just does. Downtown Charleston is 20 minutes from some of the best beaches in the Southeast and our year-round temperate weather makes the Charleston area ideal for surfing, kayaking, climbing, hiking and camping.

It seems like there’s always something going on in Charleston. The annual Spoleto Festival USA is the premier arts festival in the country. The Cooper River Bridge Run has been called the best 10-K race in the world. And every March, top chefs and fashion designers flock to the Lowcountry for the Charleston Wine + Food Festival and Charleston Fashion Week.

The College of Charleston campus is smack dab in the middle of one of the most lovingly preserved historic districts in America (look both ways for horse-drawn carriages). It’s like going to school in a postcard.

The College of Charleston is inseparable from the city of Charleston, and you’ll feel like a local no matter where you’re from. Charleston is the perfect sized city for the perfect sized college. It’s big enough to support a vibrant cultural life – huge concerts and small clubs, dance troupes and opera, historic sites and professional sports – and small enough for students to feel right at home from their very first day.

Learn more about what makes Charleston an amazing place to live and learn at the Charleston Convention and Vistors Bureau website.