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Living in Columbia

One of the largest cities in South Carolina, Columbia is still small enough to feel like home.

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Be in the center of the action

For students interested in government, there's no better place. We are one of a handful of flagship law schools located in the state capital, which makes it easy to find externships and summer positions at the State House. Many federal, state, and municipal courts, including the South Carolina Supreme Court, are also here in Columbia.

Columbia Skyline at Night

Enjoy our vibrant culture

The Midlands is home to 130 cultural organizations, including 16 dance companies, 12 theatre groups, and the South Carolina Philharmonic. The nationally renowned Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden is a fantastic way to spend an afternoon, and foodies are in for a treat—many restaurants around the city specialize in fresh, local southern fare, but you'll also find delicious cuisine from around the world.

Picture of the Horseshoe

Explore the outdoors

Mild winters—with average temperatures in the 50s—and warm summers mean there's never a bad time to explore the outdoors in South Carolina. Columbia is located at the intersection of three rivers, and the gentle current is perfect for kayaking. If you prefer hiking, the Congaree National Park and Harbison State Forest are in your backyard. 

Districts in Columbia, S.C. 

Columbia features several distinct city districts, each with their own character and amenities.  Learn more about them below, or explore for yourself at Experience Columbia!

Five Points Village, the heart of locally owned businesses in Columbia.

Main Street, a hotspot for entertainment, events, & festivals.

The Vista, an artistic corridor of shops & restaurants.

Coming from the North, Columbia has everything I could have hoped for in a Southern city! There is always something to do, from different activities going on in downtown to just enjoying a peaceful walk along the river with my dog. Plus, the people are so nice, Southern hospitality definitely exists here!

Sarah Lakritz, Class of 2023
Sarah Lakritz, Class of 2023

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.