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

COVID-19 Health & Safety Policies

We will be implementing operational procedures for the health and safety of the entire residential community to prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19. For example, safety masks are mandatory in all shared common spaces of the residence halls. Within the privacy of your room, when you do not have visitors, masks do not have to be worn. Review the housing policies below or take a look at our COVID-19 Campus Guidance for more information. 

Policy Changes for the 2020-2021 Academic School Year

Common Spaces 

All common spaces (kitchen, laundry room, lounges, etc.) will be held to CDC guidelines. Signage will be placed in these common areas regarding usage guidelines.

  • Laundry Rooms—Only three persons allowed in Mirse, four in McNair, and two in Hudson and the Cottages.  
  • Kitchens—Only two students in the kitchen at a time. We are excited to inform you that the stoves in Mirse and Wesley will be operational.   
  • Lounge areas and common spaces will be arranged so social distancing—remaining six feet apart—can take place.   

Overnight Visitation 

There will be no overnight guest visitation. This includes residential students staying overnight in a room they are not assigned within their residence hall or another residence hall.  


Until further notice, visitors are not allowed on campus or at campus owned properties such as athletic fields. Visitors are defined as any individual who is not a current student or faculty, staff member, or Board of Trustees member. The only exceptions are guests who are critical to the fulfillment of the Columbia College mission, such as Admissions visitors, routine vendors who go through CCPD, and special approved guests. During Check-In for the fall semester, guests may assist students with move in according to the guidelines and timeframe parameters set by the Office of Residence Life & Housing.

Throughout the academic year, guests who need to drop off or pick up a Columbia student or faculty/staff member must remain in their vehicle. Please limit waiting time on campus to no more than 10 minutes.  

Judicial Process

The severity of impact from COVID-19 and the documented value of the rules and regulations in this "COVID-19 Reopening Care & Policies" statement necessitates that the College take a hard line on enforcement with strict consequences for violating the policies. Consequently, the first violation of these policies for all students (residential and commuting) will result in "Probationary Status." The second violation will result in suspension from the College for the remainder of the semester. All non-COVID-19 related conduct meetings will be virtual unless there is a special circumstance.

Housing Availability

On-campus housing at Columbia College is available to full-time, undergraduate, on-campus 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 $50 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, 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.

Move In Day 

As part of our COVID-19 guidance, you'll be assigned a move in time and may have two helpers to assist you. More information regarding move in day specifics will be provided on August 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 (Per Semester)

  • Standard Double: $2,060 
  • Cottages-Standard Double: $2,100
  • Standard Single: $2,300
  • Double as a Single (privatized room): $2,600

On-Campus Meal Plan Costs

  • 19 meals/week: $2,100 (Required for First Years)
  • 15 meals/week: $1,975
  • 10 meals/week: $1,850 (Seniors Only)
  • 5 meals/week: $800 (Commuters 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

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

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

Morgan Carroll
An Area Coordinator in McNair Hall, Morgan 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