Keeping it cool

It’s no secret that during summer Columbia is a “famously hot” place to be. Temperatures so far have languished between 90 and 110 degrees. And don’t even look at the “feels like” number on your weather app; we all know what it feels like.

To avoid melting on campus, we have scouted out some of the coolest places UofSC has to offer – not just to see and be seen, but to literally chill out.

Colloquium Café

Located near one end of the Pickens Street pedestrian bridge, this UofSC dining staple had us shivering as soon as we opened the door. Surrounded by Gambrell, the Humanities Building and the Humanities Classroom Building it’s the perfect spot to run in, grab a bite to eat and cool down between classes.

Close-Hipp Building

Walking up to Close-Hipp and feeling the blast of cold air as the automatic doors open to usher you inside is nothing short of a heavenly experience. Whether you’re there for a class, a visit to the academic advising office or getting a snack at Tea Leaves, it’s the perfect place to chill.

Gambrell Hall

Gambrell’s AC unit is so powerful that you can feel it before you even open the doors. If you’re lucky enough to have a class here this summer, it might be a good idea to arrive a little early and enjoy the cool beforehand. There is ample sitting room in lobbies on each floor.

Russell House Student Union

Usually every square inch of this building in the center of campus is kept frosty for the comfort of all the students, organizations and restaurants it houses. But the first floor is being renovated for all those new dining options coming this fall. So for the best chilling locations, hit the upper floors or the bookstore.

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications

Ever wonder how all those journalism majors keep cool under deadline pressure? Stop in as you make your way across campus. The air is set to an arctic blast and the chairs are comfy, too.

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