Many students opt to live off-campus at some time during their education. 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 Module
We've created a 20-minute educational course that can help you better understand how
to find housing, off-campus safety, tenant's rights and responsibilities and much
Review the Module
All first-year freshman students are required to live on campus during their first
academic year (two semesters). After living on campus, some students elect to live
in off-campus housing. Columbia is full of student-friendly housing from downtown apartments to suburban houses.
If you're considering off-campus living, be aware of the extra responsibilities that
come with it. T he Student Code of Conduct applies to every student enrolled in the university whether they live on campus or
off. Can you help me find...
Housing? The Daily Gamecock's Find Your Nest is a searchable listing of available, student-friendly off-campus housing options.
Filter by the number of bedrooms, proximity to campus and other preferences.
A roommate or sublet? Our free online message board can help you connect with potential roommates and find sublease or housing options.
Student Apartment Communities
There are many privately-owned apartment communities in Columbia that cater primarily to USC students. These properties, which are wholly
independent of the university, often house a large number of USC students all year
Get the guide!
Off-Campus Living Guide [pdf] is a how-to for more successful off-campus residency. Learn about communities and
what they offer, the ins and outs of contracts, transportation and parking options
for commuting students and much more.
Graduate Student FAQ [pdf]