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Orientation Resources

New Student Orientation partners with on- and off-campus resources to ensure incoming students and families are introduced to not just our campus, but the surrounding city of Columbia, SC. Learn more about the resources and services available to you as a Gamecock!

On-Campus Departments

Bursar's Office
Carolina Food Co. (Dining Services)
Department of Student Life
Gamecock iHub
McNair Institute for Entrepreneurism and Free Enterprise
Student Success Center
Substance Abuse Prevention & Education
University 101
University of South Carolina Athletics


Off-Campus Businesses and Services

Places to Shop

Barefoot Campus Outfitters

Barefoot is your #1 stop shop for all your Gamecock gear! Shop at and get 20% OFF your entire regular priced purchase with the code: "GAMECOCK22." Check out our retail location:700 Lincoln Street (Across from Colonial Life Arena). 

Carolina Care Cube

Mast General Store

Established in 1883, Mast General Store offers locally produced food, housewares, toys and old-fashioned candies as well as outdoor apparel, gear, footwear and knives.

Todd and Moore


Things to Do

Blue Bike SC

Want to see Columbia's many entertainment districts without worrying about parking? Explore our city on two wheels with the Blue Bike SC bike share program.

Columbia Fireflies

Escapology Columbia

The Grand

The Grand is home to a boutique bowling alley, while also offering an upscale casual dining experience.

The Mad Platter

Main Course

The Main Course is an music hall with indoor and outdoor music stages. Our musical acts vary from slow melodic jazz ballads to rockin’ rock bands to the stomp and sashay of a drag queen.

The Player's Club

The Player’s Club is a modern-day country club featuring state-of-the-art golf simulators with
real-life courses, virtual putting green and golf professionals on staff in the heart of downtown Columbia, SC. Become a Member today, to access an extensive benefits package. On Main Street, in Downtown Columbia it’s the perfect place to relax and network after work.


Places to Eat

Good Life Cafe

Good life is a healthy, local, vegan restaurant that makes all dishes fresh and in-house. We create menu items packed with whole, nutrient-dense foods that satisfy taste beds and your health. 

The Robinson Room

The Robinson Room located in the hidden lower level of the Grand On Main is home to Columbia's swanky dessert lounge. 


Smoked aims to turn your antiquated preconceptions of “surf and turf” on their axes by delivering smoke-inspired flavors you never knew were possible.

The Venue

 The Venue brings energy and nostalgia to Main Street with the sound of musicians bearing their souls on piano keys. Find creativity on the stage and on your pallet with world-class dished paired with jazzy tunes to be enjoyed by friends and family.




Columbia Charlotte Shuttle

Columbia Charlotte Shuttle is the leading provider of transportation between UofSC and the Charlotte airport. You can book your reservations online or over the phone. 

Columbia Metropolitan Airport

Experience Columbia SC

From local eats to outdoor adventure, we've got you covered. Follow @columbiasc to get to know your home away from home.

Graduate Columbia

Steps from the Horseshoe and bursting with southern charm, you'll feel right at home at Graduate Columbia, S.C. — formerly The Inn at USC. 



Columbia Smiles Downtown

Founders Federal Credit Union

Founders Federal Credit Union has four locations in Columbia, including on campus. Visit us in person or online at for more info.

TimberNest Loft Beds

Wells Fargo

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.