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Preston Residential College

  • To Strive, To Seek, And Not To Yield

Living at Preston

We integrate academics, leadership, and community into one unmatched, immersive experience.

Building Leaders, Transforming the World

Preston Residential College stimulates intellectual exchange, leadership development, and community involvement. Our goal is to foster leaders who have a strong sense of civic responsibility and an understanding of the community at Carolina and beyond.


UofSC's only Residential College

Think of Preston like Hogwarts — magic happens here. A residential college creates a small-school experience on a large campus.

  • Build community by having a meal in our all-you-care-to-eat dining hall.
  • Interact with faculty and staff in unique ways outside the classroom.
  • Take special courses only available to Preston students.


Suite- or Pod-Style Living

In our suite-style rooms, two people share a room and two rooms share a bathroom. In the Preston pods, three double rooms, each with a private baths share a common area in which a full-size refrigerator and private living space are included. There are no stoves in our pods.
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Leadership and Service

Preston is home to five organizations created, managed and led by students. Whether you’re interested in arts, service, government, or innovation, Preston offers a foundation for leadership development or taking your leadership skills to the next level.

Academic Opportunities

Preston offers special courses specifically for residents. Our unique Preston Scholars Program complements Graduation with Leadership Distinction. For re-application purposes, residents must maintain a 2.5 cumultive GPA.

Community and Culture

Preston’s tight-knit community empowers students to build long-lasting connections. Engage with new and returning residents through the Preston Mentor Program, and Preston faculty and staff, through the Adopt-an-Associate program.


Preston has a unique outlook on the power of sharing a meal to build community. Our all-you-care-to-eat dining facility — affectionately referred to as PDining — brings students together naturally, over food. Each month, Preston hosts culinary events that expose students to new cultures and cuisines.


In Preston, community is such an important aspect of everyday life. By the end of freshman year, I knew almost everyone in the building, and I was really close to everyone on my hallway.

—Sarah Eissmann, 2020 B.A. Journalism and Mass Communications – Public Relations


The Best Location on Campus

Thomas Cooper Library, the Russell House Student Union and the historic Horseshoe are at Preston's doorsteps.
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Want to live here?

When you fill out your housing application, you will be able to fill out a supplemental application to live here.

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