Undergraduate students are encouraged to live on-campus during their studies at USC. On-campus housing offers many conveniences, such as close proximity to classroom buildings and easy access to libraries, computer labs, and sport and recreation facilities. Many on-campus residences provide basic furnishings such as a bed, dresser, desk and chair as well as food services, Ethernet connections, and free cable. Living on-campus allows you to fully embrace the life and culture at USC. Residence halls provide many opportunities for friendship and community involvement, as well as communities specifically designed for certain majors or interests. However, keep in mind that after your first year, obtaining on-campus housing can be difficult due to limited space.
The majority of international students live off-campus during their studies at USC. There are many nearby apartments in Columbia that offer a variety of services to help with your adjustment to life here in South Carolina. Off-Campus Student Services provides wonderful resources regarding apartments near USC's campus, rental/leasing information, and a guide for living off-campus. Off-Campus Student Services also has a great Frequently Asked Questions section. Additionally, there are many other types of websites you can use to find housing, such as ApartmentGuide.com. Always verify that the websites you use to find housing information are legitimate and are not scams. Be aware that many apartments may charge you a higher security deposit when you sign a lease if you do not have a social security number.