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Cliff Apartments Update

The University of South Carolina is pleased to announce that stage one of the Campus Village project has been approved for the south area of the Columbia campus.  With this announcement, stage one will cover the current foot print of Cliff Apartments and parking lots located in front of Bates House and Bates West residence halls.  To begin the project, current residents of Cliff Apartments will be relocated for the spring 2020 semester to other available on-campus housing locations.  Information regarding this project will continuously be updated here.

A Message from President Bob Caslen

Moving Information

Cliff Apartments will be closing in January 2020 to make way for construction of stage one of the Campus Village project.

You don't have to move prior to Winter Break, however residents should be prepared before leaving by having all of their belongings packed.  

Housing will provide boxes, tape, labels as well as other supplies to assist in ensuring a seamless move to a new location on campus. If you are in need of supplies earlier than December 1, please let your Assignment Coordinator know when you meet with them.

Planning for the Campus Village project has been many years in the making and had included many revised timelines.  Until recently, University officials were not able to pinpoint a timeline for the start of this exciting project.

 Many factors are taken into consideration when planning for a project as complicated and complex as the campus village.  As planning has quickly progressed, it became exceedingly clear that a January timeframe for the start for the project was necessary in order to ensure a stage one completion date of Fall 2022.

While Cliff Apartments will be closing and the building razed, residents are encouraged not to damage or destroy any part of the building in the process.  Organized activities to celebrate Cliff Apartments will be announced in the coming days and weeks.

New Housing Opportunities 

All residents will be given the opportunity to relocate within the University Housing system based on availability including Park Place and 650 Lincoln.  Exact availability will be discussed with students as they meet with their Assignments Coordinator.

Yes, residents and their families that feel the best option for them is to leave University Housing for the spring can meet with an Assignment Coordinator to be released from their Housing contract.  All fees associated with breaking the contract will be waived.  We encourage all students to review all options before being released from their contract for the spring.

Student assignments will be made based on their application date to the university. This is the same priority date used when students are assigned housing in the beginning of the year.

All options for new housing will be based on student interest forms that were emailed to them on Wednesday, October 23.  A sample of the interest form is available online on this page and interest forms are due no later than November 1, 2020.

Cliff Apartment residents may visit the Housing offices located in Patterson Hall to speak with an Assignment Coordinator about opportunities that are currently available.  However, availability for the spring semester will not be available until after the first of November.

Housing Assignment Coordinators will begin making new housing offers the first part of November for residents that will be displaced due to the closing of Cliff Apartments.

Every effort will be made to ensure that residents can stay with their roommate(s), however that is not guaranteed and is based on spring availability.

Moving within the Housing system will require no additional fees if you are moved to a more expensive housing option.  If you are reassigned to a cheaper housing option, you will only be charged for your new buildings fees for spring semester.

UPDATED: Moving to 650 Lincoln or Park Place for relocating residents will be at the same fee as this semester in Cliff Apartments.

Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.


An email concerning Cliff Apartments future will be sent to all parents and residents.  Emails will be sent to email addresses on file at the main University Housing offices located in Patterson Hall.

Parent Zoom information meeting.  Link and call in information available via the email sent to parents on October 22.

Resident meeting about Cliff Apartments at Bates West Social room.

All residents should have received and email interest form and instructions on how to set up and appointment with their Assignment Coordinator.

All interest forms for relocations should be submitted no later than this date.

Housing offers for the Spring will be made to residents living in Cliff Apartments.

All residents should have met with an ansignment coordinator to discuss options for Spring 2020.

Last day for residents to relocate from Cliff Apartments before site work/demolition begins.

Additional information sessions will be held throughout the process.  Information about these sessions will be emailed out to parents and residents as meetings are scheduled.

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