Residence Halls and Dining

When/how will I get my Cougar Card?

All students will be getting new Cougar Cards starting fall 2020. Your All students will be getting new Cougar Cards starting fall 2020. Your first new card is free!

The new card is required to access many campus services and facilities, including the library and Campus Recreation Services, as well as COVID-19 testing events. You'll know you have the correct card if it is vertical and has the College's brick pattern on it.

Students should pick up their Cougar Card at Campus Services HQ at 162 Calhoun Street. Customer occupancy is limited to three at a time, and face coverings must be worn for entry. Please have a government-issued ID or existing Cougar Card (for returning students) ready.

If you need your card and cannot make it to the office during regular business hours, please contact HQ to coordinate pickup after hours. Cards are not mailed for security purposes. If you have questions about your Cougar Card, please contact Campus Services HQ at 843.953.1100 or

If all classes schoolwide become virtual, will students be asked to leave school housing as happened in the Spring?

In the event that the College goes to online-only courses, we would provide you with updated information regarding the residence halls operations at that time.

If I cancel my housing, can I still get a meal plan?

Yes. If you cancel your housing assignment, your corresponding meal plan, if you have one, will also be canceled automatically. Should you wish to add back a meal plan, you may do so by submitting a completed On-Campus Freshmen Meal Plan form at or Upperclassmen/Commuter Meal Plan form at to or by visiting Campus Services HQ at 162 Calhoun St. Students may add a meal plan at any time, but the plan can no longer be charged to the student eBill after Sept. 16 and must be paid for at the time of purchase with cash, check or any major credit card. Meal plans cannot be canceled after Sept. 16 at 5 p.m.

Which dining locations will be open?

All residential dining locations including Liberty Fresh Food Co., City Bistro and Marty's Place will be open and providing a full complement of meal choices. All retail locations except for Stern Food Court will be open as well. Chick-fil-A and Einstein Bros. will have reduced menu options in compliance with the latest brand standards to expedite service and reduce wait times. We are making modifications to our services and possibly hours of operation in some locations so that we can safely and efficiently provide a variety of quality dining options. Please visit for location hours and menus.

May I still cancel my housing if I decide to continue my education virtually this semester? What do I do about the spring semester?

We understand that you may not be comfortable returning to campus and you may decide to continue your education virtually this semester. Students who wish to cancel their housing assignment and contract now have until 11:59 p.m. EST on Sept. 13, 2020, to do so without penalty. After that date, students will be responsible for paying the full housing fee for their assigned space. Please see your housing contract for details. Students who decide to cancel their housing assignment and contract may reapply for housing for the spring semester beginning Nov. 1.

If you would like to cancel your housing assignment and contract, please follow the steps below.

1. Log into your MyCharleston account

2. Click on the MyHousing/Dining icon (top right)

3. Click the HOUSING APPLICATION button or choose APPLICATION at the top of the page

4. Select 2020-2021 Housing Application and click Continue

5. Click on the Cancellation Page link

6. Choose your reason for cancellation from the drop-down menu

7. Click the Cancel Application button (bottom of the page)

Can students stay in their dorm rooms over Thanksgiving break?

Yes, students may stay in their residence halls or historic houses over Thanksgiving break.Campus Housing will be contacting residents with more information about this and procedures for the winter break.

Can modifications be made to accommodations and meals after Thanksgiving break?

No, they cannot. The residence halls and historic houses are open for the fall semester until December 15 at noon and the Housing Contract is for the full academic year. The last day to cancel or make modifications to meal plans was September 16.

How are move-in appointments going to be handled for the spring semester? Can special accommodations be made if flights have already been booked?

We will be communicating the process for spring move-in by mid-November. We will again ask students to sign up for two-hour move-in timeslots starting January 7, with dates based on their residence hall or historic house. If you have a specific conflict you would like to discuss, please contact Campus Housing at

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