Our resources help you find off-campus accommodations, sublease or roommate options,
and assist local residents with off-campus living related issues.
Off-Campus Living FAQs Related to Covid-19
Off-Campus Housing and Neighborhood Relations remains open Monday through Friday,
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., via email at
email@example.com or by phone at 803-777-3366. Our staff will be working remotely and the physical
office will be closed until further notice. Please know we are still here to assist
and support you and your off-campus needs! We can also be reached via social media
(Instagram or Twitter @UofSCOffCampus). For the most up-to-date campus information,
visit the university’s COVID-19 landing page.
Can I stay in my off-campus apartment or house?
Yes. UofSC is not asking students to leave Columbia. Students may remain in their
off-campus apartment or house. We encourage our students to evaluate options and make
decisions that are best for their personal situation.
If you choose to stay in the Columbia area, it is essential you abide by local, state
and national orders to reduce the spread of the coronavirus and help our community
return to normal as soon as possible. Please do your part to stop the public health
crisis by washing your hands regularly, avoiding non-essential contact with others
and staying home as much as possible. Review the
City of Columbia’s Stay Home Stay Safe Ordinance FAQs for additional guidance.
What if I want to complete my semester from another location?
At this time, any student who decides to leave their apartment or house is making
a personal and voluntary decision to do so and will therefore need to adhere to their
If you decide you would like to leave your apartment or house, we strongly recommend
you communicate with your leasing agency to determine what, if anything, can be negotiated.
If you would like to speak with a lawyer to review your lease, we encourage you to
request an appointment with
Student Legal Services. Due to privacy requirements, only currently enrolled UofSC Columbia students can make
the appointment request (cannot be a parent, guardian, etc.).
It is also recommended you discuss your plan with your roommate(s), if applicable.
What is UofSC doing for students who live at apartment communities?
The Off-Campus Living and Neighborhood Relations staff are in regular communication
with private off-campus apartment communities to keep them informed about the decisions
made by the University of South Carolina that directly impact student tenants and
to advocate for the needs of off-campus students.
We have encouraged private apartments to consider allowing students who are no longer
residing in Columbia due to COVID-19 out of their leases. In response, local property
managers have shared that these decisions are being discussed and made at the corporate
level because this is a nationwide crisis. UofSC does not have decision-making authority
over lease agreements and cannot make changes for students.
Is it possible for me to break my lease?
Notify your leasing agency of your desire to end your lease to determine what, if
anything, can be negotiated.
South Carolina Supreme Court ruling has suspended evictions statewide until May 1.
This delay gives additional time to work with a landlord/management company on possible
options. We encourage you to send your landlord/management company a certified letter
(not email) and state if you have lost your job or your wages reduced, the efforts
taken to contact potential resources to help pay the rent, and suggestions for an
alternative payment plan due to the COVID-19 financial distress. The letter is not
a guarantee of any adjustment to the lease agreement. It is a starting place for negotiations.
If you would like to review your lease and discuss possible legal grounds for breaking
your lease, we encourage you to review
this resource about getting out of a lease and request an appointment with Student Legal Services. Due to privacy requirements, only currently enrolled UofSC Columbia students can make the appointment request (cannot be a parent, guardian, etc.).