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800 Alexander Rd, Cayce,

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1050 Southern Dr

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708 Pulaski Street

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Student Housing Columbia

Book your student housing Columbia easily with Casita. There are many student-friendly neighbourhoods with plenty of student housing options to choose from. Our student housing options include single rooms, shared rooms, flats, studios, en-suites, and more. Casita’s student homes have all the amenities you need, including Wi-Fi, on-site laundry, secure bike storage, an on-site gym, a games area, and many more. Also, they are very well located across the city because they are mere minutes away from the city centre. Simply contact our team of accommodation specialists, who are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

About Columbia

Columbia is the second-largest city in South Carolina and its capital city. It is suitable for international students because it has one of the biggest and best universities in the US. In addition to the previously mentioned, it has diverse cultures, economies, and great places to visit. The city also has been recently redeveloped and renovated to keep up with the fast-paced modern lifestyle. 

Columbia is among the top 10 college towns in the USA, ranking 3rd on that list. It is a supportive college town for students on both academic and social levels. Furthermore, it is one of the most affordable cities with lots of higher-education options in South Carolina, making it extremely suitable for students. Besides, there are affordable student accommodation options in Columbia.

Suburbs in Columbia

Columbia has a number of suburbs and neighbourhoods that students can call home during their stay in the city. As a student, you can book student housing Columbia in a variety of different areas that differ in traffic, transportation, amenities, and location with respect to your university of choice. Below are some of the most prominent areas to live in Columbia, South Carolina.

Blythewood

Located just 25 minutes from the city centre, this is one of the city’s most famous neighbourhoods. Blythewood is home to the University of South Carolina’s Equestrian centre and has also served as the training ground for the US Olympic equestrian teams, making it quite the place for students to book their Columbia student accommodation. This neighbourhood is home to plenty of natural scenery, including lake views and forests. Blythewood also has a busy atmosphere filled with everything from cafes and restaurants to shops and theatres. 

Cayce

Across the river from downtown Columbia, this neighbourhood is ideal for those who enjoy peace, quiet, and natural beauty. It has a small-town feel with everything you might need from a big city at your disposal. While not easily accessible as other Columbia suburbs, living there is still a worthwhile experience!

Devine Street

Residentially referred to as Shandon by locals, Devine Street is a historic Columbia neighbourhood dotted with locally-owned businesses and establishments that feature restaurants, cafes, stores, and boutiques. This is a vibrant neighbourhood that attracts locals and visitors alike and is great for students! 

Chapin

This Columbia suburb is a private hideout that is perfect for getaways during almost every season. The natural beauty, the greenery, and the lake scenery make for a guaranteed calm and serene time spent at Chapin. This neighbourhood also has a wide variety of restaurants and shops that cater to all needs and interests. 

Forest Acres

True to its name, this neighbourhood in Columbia is filled with tree-lined streets and greenery. This is the best place to shop in Columbia; Forest Acres has some of the city’s best stores. It also has the most spacious shopping malls and most diverse racks to choose from! 

Main Street

Located in the heart of Columbia, this is the perfect place to live in the city. Main Street is a vibrant neighbourhood that has a place for everything! Art, culture, history, entertainment, food, nightlife, and so much more can easily be found in this vibrant neighbourhood. Artists, young professionals, and students all choose Main Street as the place to live and call home in the city of Columbia. 

West Columbia

This is an ever-changing neighbourhood that is constantly developing and keeping up with the times. Overlooking the Congaree River, West Columbia has as much peace and natural beauty as it does modernity and hustle. The neighbourhood is clad in dining and retail options as well as affordable housing and accessible transportation. It is ideal for students and young professionals. 

Cost of Living in Columbia

Columbia is considered a relatively affordable place to live and study. Once you’ve secured yourself good and affordable student housing Columbia with Casita, your estimated cost of living without rent should be around $962.3. This should cover your basic necessities such as food, groceries, utilities, transportation, and even entertainment. 

Transportation in Columbia

Columbia SC has an excellent bus station network run by The COMET transportation authority. It has two types of buses:

COMET Bus System

It is a transit system in the city that has neon-painted buses. It has routes and stations across the city for as little as $2. It is recommended that you download the mobile application to “catch the COMET”.

Soda Cap Connector

Also, run by The COMET, it is just $1, and it takes you around Columbia’s famous attractions, including South Carolina State Museum, the Vista, the Main Street district, the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, Segra Park, and many other attractions. 

The city has one train station: Columbia, SC, which is within a very short walking distance from the University of South Carolina and a short drive from the city centre.

Life in Columbia

Columbia, South Carolina, is considered to be one of the best cities to live in. It is an urban place mixed with suburban places where many people of all ages rent homes. It has been ranked #49 on the list of best states to live in out of 228 states. Many young students and professionals live in Columbia. It has many outdoor activities, a vibrant downtown district, great neighbourhoods, and many cultural attractions. 

Attractions in Columbia

There are plenty of fun things to do in Columbia and many great places to see. The city has a rich history, a rich cultural heritage, and a thriving arts and entertainment scene. There is always something to do or see in the city of Columbia. Attractions in Columbia fit a variety of different people with varying interests. 

Here are some of the city’s top attractions that you should check out during your stay in Columbia, South Carolina!

Columbia Museum of Art

This 21st-century museum brings vibrant energy and inspiration to the capital city through its internationally renowned collection, exhibitions, and programs. You could easily spend an afternoon there browsing through vast galleries filled with Renaissance and Baroque masters, or taking in one of their numerous temporary exhibitions.

Cayce Historical Museum

This museum traces the history of the people of the Midlands back to the early 1700s. There, you can learn about the early settlers and the agricultural, social, and cultural heritage of Cayce, Old Saxe Gotha, Granby, and West Columbia. Native American artefacts dating back thousands of years can also be found at the museum.

Columbia is also noted for its multiple cultural attractions and beaches. It is also famous for its public art spaces, such as the Green Eyes and The Band Shell. 

Soda City Market, Riverbanks Zoo, and Riverbanks Botanical Garden are other top tourist attractions in Columbia.

Universities in Columbia

Columbia is home to a number of the country’s top-ranked universities and world-renowned learning institutions. Casita offers a range of options for student housing Columbia near these universities. Check them out!

The University of South Carolina

  • A couple of student accommodation options are within 15 minutes of the university.

  • Sumter & Devine SB bus stop is only a four-minute walk from the university, and Columbia, S.C. train station is a seven-minute walk.

  • Nearby places of interest: Busted Plug Plaza and South Carolina State Museum

Columbia International University

  • Some affordable student accommodation options are within 17 minutes of the university.

  • Columbia bus station is eight minutes away from the university.

  • Nearby places of interest: Congaree National Park

Nearby Cities

Besides having facilities for student accommodation in Columbia, South Carolina, Casita offers student accommodation in these other cities in the USA: Chicago, Berkeley, Boston, Denver, Detroit, Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Orlando, San Francisco, Sacramento, and New Haven.


Frequently Asked Questions

Check out these answers to common questions and go to Help Centre for more details.

When should I start looking for Columbia student housing?

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Starting your search for student housing in Columbia early is recommended. The earlier, the better. Also, Casita is there to help you with most of the steps: the room type, the amenities provided, the location, and the proximity to your university.


Are there short-term stays in Columbia?

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Yes, but you should check the availability of your Columbia student accommodation of choice during your desired period. You can also refer to a Casita accommodation expert to help you find accommodation that accepts short-term stays.


How much rent does a student pay for accommodation in Columbia?

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The average monthly cost for student housing in Columbia starts at around $699 and can go up to $1,339 for bigger houses or properties. This mainly depends on the room type, the provider, the location, and the amenities offered at the property.


How do I pay for my student room in Columbia?

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Payments can be made via net banking or through your debit card. We also have our own payment portal at Casita, where we can assist you with the entire payment process!


Can I pay my Columbia student housing rent in instalments?

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Yes, you can pay your rent in instalments. However, some providers may require you to have a U.S. guarantor. Refer back to your accommodation expert for further help on the matter.


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