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.
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 Policy Updates for more information.
- Policy Changes for the 2021-2022 Academic School Year
All common spaces (kitchen, laundry room, lounges, etc.) will be held to CDC guidelines.
- Laundry Rooms - resume to normal operation prior to the pandemic.
- Kitchens - resume to normal operation prior to the pandemic.
Overnight Visitation of the Residence Hall will resume to normal operation prior to the pandemic.
Visitation of the residence halls will resume to normal operation prior to the pandemic. Masks/face coverings are encouraged to be worn by all whom are not vaccinated.
Refer to the Student Handbook.
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 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.
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)
- 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"
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 email@example.com