On behalf of the Office of Student Affairs, welcome to the University of South Carolina School of Law community! We are looking forward to meeting all of you and to working with you over the next three years. You will be hearing more from our office later this summer, but for now, we're here to help you find a place to live.
Because of their close proximity to the Law School, most of our law students choose to live in the residential areas of Shandon, Rosewood, Heathwood, West Columbia, Cayce, University Hill, Earlewood, Forest Acres, 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 Law School.
The month of June is a good time to secure housing for the upcoming academic year. Housing can be found in a variety of ways.
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 incoming 1Ls seeking roommates will be posted on the password-protected Housing section of the School of Law's website.
With so many undergraduate students in Columbia, there are a number of apartment communities catering to college-age students. Keep in mind that 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.
We hope that you will enjoy your new home in Columbia. You have beautiful beaches and mountains within a couple of hours drive, but the Capital City is full of fun places to visit, great places to eat, and outdoor space to explore. See a Broadway show at the Koger Center, walk the Statehouse grounds, tube the river, tour the South Carolina State Museum, Columbia Museum of Art or Riverbanks Zoo, cheer on the Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium, and have a hamburger and fries at Pawley's Front Porch or the Rosewood Dairy Barn at least once in your three years here.