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School of Music


Thornwell Residence

Living and Playing

Prefer to live with other USC music students? Incoming School of Music students have the opportunity to live on campus with other School of Music musicians in our Music Community.

USC Music Community

The Music Community, also called the MC, is located in Thornwell, an apartment-style residential hall operated by USC Housing. The MC brings together first-year and returning students who are well-rounded musicians who strive to succeed in the classroom as well as the practice room. This community is structured to allow music majors and minors to have a traditional on-campus living experience while learning from and enjoying the company of other student musicians.

Students living in the music community can:

  • Enroll in courses together, such as MUSC 100, as well as appropriate ear training and theory sections.
  • Attend concerts and guest artist presentations as a group.
  • Participate in field trips to cultural events.
  • Develop group study opportunities.
  • Find peer mentoring/tutoring services.
  • Coordinate activities for community service.

To be considered for admission to the music community housing, students must submit a completed housing application and music community application in accordance with USC Housing’s deadlines.

University Housing

The University of South Carolina also offers a wealth of on-campus living accommodations for undergraduates and graduates. For further information concerning housing, contact the University Housing Office, 1215 Blossom Street, Columbia, SC 29208 (803) 777-4283; or email: housing@sc.edu.