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.


To be eligible for on-campus housing, you must be under 24 years of age. 
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.


  • 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.

Off-campus Housing

If a student does not qualify for on-campus housing, or simply wishes to live off-campus, Jessica Stone, 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 Jessica Stone, at 843.953.7622.

Meal Plans and Dining On-campus

Dining On-Campus

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.