On behalf of the Office of Student Affairs and Admissions, welcome to the University of South Carolina School of Law! We look forward to meeting all of you and working with you over the next few years. Now that you've been admitted, you need somewhere to live, and we're here to help you!
Columbia is a wonderful location, with three vibrant downtown areas — the Vista, Main Street, and Five Points — and beautiful beaches and mountains within a few hours' drive. We have exciting places to visit, amazing food and beautiful outdoor experiences. While you are looking for places to live, keep a list of what's around so you can go back and explore.
Because of their close proximity to the School of Law, most of our law students choose to live in the residential areas of Shandon, Rosewood, Heathwood, West Columbia, Cayce, University Hill, Earlewood, Forest Acres, Lexington, or in the Vista. There are many duplexes, houses, condos, lofts, garage apartments, and multi-family units available in these areas. There are also a few apartment communities and condos within walking distance of the School of Law.
You will be emailed your log-in information for the School of Law housing information after April 1, so any time after that is a good time to be looking and securing housing for the upcoming academic year. We recommend at least beginning your search for housing by checking out the following:
If you are looking for a roommate and would like to share your information with classmates who are also looking, please fill out and submit the Roommate Referral form under the Housing link (law.sc.edu/admissions/admitted/housing) on the Admitted Students page. The list of law students seeking roommates will be posted on the password-protected Housing section of the School of Law's website.
Please keep in mind that with so many undergraduate students in Columbia, there are a number of apartment communities catering to college-age students. These communities may be louder and have a more active social life than many graduate and professional school students want.
While they may offer extra amenities — pool, shuttle transportation to campus, workout rooms — many of our students have found them to be not ideally suited to good law school study habits and class preparation. Some may dedicate a specific area of their property to graduate or professional-school students, so be sure to ask about that if you go to visit.