Community Information

The Columbia Metro region offers many locations to explore for living, shopping, dining and entertainment. Downtown Columbia, West Columbia and Cayce are closest to the main campus, however students, faculty and staff reside all over the region.

Downtown Columbia

Downtown Columbia offers many residential neighborhoods, entertainment districts and apartment communities in close proximity to campus.

West Columbia

The city of West Columbia is located just over the Gervais Street bridge. Depending on how close to the Congaree River you live, the drive to campus can be as short as 5-10 minutes. West Columbia is a popular living option for students faculty and staff.

Forest Acres

Forest Acres is known for its familial atmosphere and as a city tucked minutes away from campus. The drive to campus could take 10-15 minutes. Forest Acres provides mostly houses and converted apartments for rent.

Cayce

The city of Cayce is located just over the Blossom Street bridge that runs past the Strom Thurmond Wellness & Fitness Center and the Greek Village. Although Cayce is a part of Lexington County, depending on how close to the Congaree River you live, the drive to campus can take only 3-5 minutes. Cayce provides both apartment communities and houses for rent.

Irmo

Irmo is located just past Harbison Blvd. on Interstate 26. Irmo is heavily populated with University faculty and staff as well as some students. The drive to campus could take 25-40 minutes depending on interstate traffic.

Lexington

Lexington is heavily populated by University faculty and staff as well as a good amount of students. The drive to campus could take 30-40 minutes depending on the location and traffic.

Northeast Columbia

Situated northeast of downtown Columbia, this area is fast growing. Comprised of several new apartment communities, NE Columbia is home to many family friendly neighborhoods and the Village at Sandhill shopping center. The drive to campus could take anywhere from 20-40 minutes depending on the interstate traffic.