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.
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
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. Secure your home for holiday breaks:
Lock your room, apartment or house doors and windows.
Remove all portable items from your vehicle. If you must leave something in your car,
lock it in the trunk.
Take valuables with you, if possible. Keep your bicycle in your room during the holidays.
Ask a neighbor to watch your house and suspend home deliveries and mail.
Set indoor and outdoor lights on an automatic timer.
Leave a light, a radio or television on so your house looks and sounds occupied.
Park a car in your driveway so your house looks occupied.
Add your property to a law enforcement watch list during the period you are away.
Move your vehicle off public streets.
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]
Learn about different student apartment communities around the campus and city. Speak
with property representatives and ask any questions you may have about off-campus
Thursday, Feb. 7 (Feb. 14 rain date)
Thursday, April 11 (April 15 rain date)
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Greene Street, weather permitting. Open to anyone looking for housing!
Get all the details about where you can live, how to find roommates, how to manage
a budget, sample contracts and way more in our annual Off-Campus Living Guide.
Get the Guidebook [pdf]