Find Off-Campus Housing  

Check out these useful websites to assist with your off-campus housing search:

Steps to Finding Your Ideal Home

Step-by-step guide to finding the place you’ll call home.

Housing Locator

Browse houses, apartments, condos and more for rent on The Daily Gamecock’s Find Your Nest housing locator.

Student Apartment Communities

Explore the range of amenities, locations, pricing and leasing options offered at these privately-owned student apartment communities.

Message Board

Whether you need a new place, a new roommate, or a sublease, our message boards have you covered. Log in and get connected with hundreds of students.

Community Information

Explore Columbia’s variety of neighborhoods and find the one that’s right for you!

Walk Score

Enter an address you are considering living and explore how walkable it is to restaurants, shopping and other conveniences.

Community Crime Map

Enter an address you are considering living and explore the crimes that have been reported in the surrounding area with this useful crime mapping tool.

Understanding the Lease

No matter where you live, you will be asked to sign a lease. Leases are often long documents with lots of technical terminology. Be prepared to sign by reviewing these tips and common terms.

Short Term Leases

Most apartments require a 12-month lease; however, some apartment communities offer shorter-term leases. These student oriented apartment communities will consider short-term leases (when available): The Southern @ 1051Rivers Edge at Carolina StadiumThe Lofts at USCPulaski SquareStation at Five Points, and Cayce Cove.

These non-student oriented apartment communities will consider shorter-term leases: Creekside at Greenlawn ApartmentsThe Shores at Elders Pond, Atrium Place ApartmentsAbberly Village ApartmentsThe Tremont, Hampton Courts, Wellington Farms, Lake Shore Village, Land Bank Apartments, Canalside Columbia and The Palms on Main. Some apartment communities allow residents to find someone to take over the remaining time in their lease.  Check with apartment community lease policies if you are considering this option, as some charge a lease transfer fee. Students can also advertise and find subleases on the USC Student Message Boards.