How Do I Apply for Housing? 

Housing applications are sent once you have been accepted to Columbia College.  The application contains information regarding housing preferences, roommate requests and meal plan options.  Preferences are awarded in the order they are received, so the sooner you return your application, the more likely your selection will be honored. 

Submit Housing Application


On-campus housing at Columbia College is available to full-time, undergraduate, day program students only. Every first and second year student is required to live on campus unless they meet one of the exemption categories:

  • Living in Richland or Lexington county with your parent(s)/guardian(s).
  • Living with your spouse and/or children.
  • 21 years or older.

The exemption form is part of the housing application which can be found here.  You must fill out the form in order to be considered for exemption. 

Transfer Students

Transfer students are also required to reside on campus if they are considered to be first or second year students by credit hours: Freshman (23 or less credits); Sophomore (24 to 55 credits); Junior (56 to 89 credits); Senior (90 or more credits).    

Submit a Deposit

Don’t forget to make your $200 admissions deposit to secure your spot on campus!  This deposit must be received before you will be assigned housing. Any questions? Please call us at 1.800.277.1301

What Happens Next? 

Receive your Housing Assignment

Housing assignments are sent out July 1.

Once your application has been processed your hall assignment and roommate contact information will be sent back to you.

Meet your Roommate

If you attend one of our new student orientations in June, you'll receive your housing and roommate information before it is officially sent out. If not, you'll still receive you roommate's contact details but it won't be until July 1.

Facts & Figures

As a first and second year student, you'll be required to stay on campus unless you live in Lexington or Richland county, you are 21 years of age or older, married, or have dependents living with you.

On-Campus Housing Cost (by Semester)

  • Double: $2,049 (Knox & Kneece Halls are +$50)
  • Single: $2,209
  • Double as a Single: $2,575

On-Campus Meal Plan Costs

  • 19 meals/week: $2,099 (Required for First Year)
  • 15 meals/week: $1,969 
  • 10 meals/week: $1,839 (Senior Only)
  • 5 meals/week: $799 (Commuter Only)

Planning for Your Move Meals do not carry over to the next week. Meal plans are reset every Sunday morning. A valid Columbia College ID is required for use of all meal plans. If a student has lost an ID, a temporary ID can be obtained from the CCPD for short-term use until the ID is located. If the ID is not located within a few days, the student must purchase a new ID from CCPD. Questions about the meal plan should be directed to the Office of Residence Life and Housing. 

More information about dining services can be found here.

To help you plan and move into your dorm, we compiled a list of helpful information about our rooms as well as a packing checklist.

Each room includes the following furniture: 

  • bed (standard twin, not extra-long twin)
  • dresser
  • desk 
  • desk chair
  • rooms in Mirse, Wesley, Hudson, and the Cottages also have one night stand 
  • all beds can be lofted - the dimensions from floor to top is 40.5" and from the floor to the frame is 30.5" 

Dorm Room Dimensions 

Rooms may vary by size, but the differences are relatively minor. 

  • McNair Standard Measurements: 15' by 11' feet 
  • Mirse, Hudson, Wesley, and Cottages Standard Measurements: 12'7" by 13'3" 

Curtain rod specifications: 

  • McNair Standard Window Measurements: Main - 50" by 52"
  • Mirse, Hudson, Wesley, Cottages Standard Window Measurements: 51" by 81" 

Contact Us

Shade Holmes
As Director of Housing and Residence Life, Shade oversees housing, RA selection, judicial conduct, and residence life staff and policies.
Contact info: 803-786-3476 and

Dani Dix
An Area Coordinator in McNair Hall, Dani manages the McNair Residence Hall, including the fitness center, desk assistants, roommate conflicts and other issues within the hall.
Contact info: 803-714-4145 and

Angel Parson
An Area Coordinator in the Upper-class halls, Angle manages the Residence Hall Association and works with residents to resolve conflicts or other issues within the upper-class halls. 
Contact info: 803-714-4824 and