Residence Halls and Dining

Fall 2021

Are you returning to full density for housing in the fall? What about residence life programming?

President Hsu announced the Colleg's plan to resume a normal academic and campus life by the time school begins on August 24. For Campus Housing and Residence Life, that means returning to full density in the halls (minus some rooms for potential quarantine and isolation) and a return to things like social programming, open common kitchens, visitation and generally enjoying our full sense of community again – which we’re all craving. We’re dedicated to providing you the best on-campus experience possible. Please let us know if you have any questions about Campus Housing at housing@cofc.edu or Residence Life at reslife@cofc.edu.

Can students get on-campus housing in fall 2021 if they were not able to use on-campus housing last year because of COVID-19?

Certainly! The housing application is open for both incoming and returning students. We encourage students to apply as soon as possible so they have the most options during the room-selection process. More information about applying for housing can be found on the Campus Housing website at housing.cofc.edu.

What are plans for residential student parking? I had fewer than 60 credit hours and was allowed to apply for parking; do I need to have 60 for the fall?

We were able to expand parking eligibility this past year due to the unusual circumstances related to COVID, but, starting in the fall, students living on campus will again need to have earned 60 credit hours at the time assignments are made. Read more about parking for students at parking services.

Spring 2021

What are some quick things students should know about housing, residence life and dining, if they're new to campus this spring?

Campus Housing, Residence Life and Dining Services have put together a short presentation reviewing some commonly asked questions about living on campus, which you can watch the Living on Campus Overview.

When/how do I get my new Cougar Card?

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 campusservices@cofc.edu.

Can we have visitors in campus housing?

We had hoped to implement visitation on a limited basis for students who live in the same residence hall in the spring, but unfortunately case numbers in our community have continued to increase. We want to introduce visitation in a way that is safe for everyone, so we are going to reevaluate the visitation process and let you all know when we are able to implement visitation within the hall. This will not be immediate – we hope to have visitation fully up and running by the end of January.

Until we are able to start visitation in the halls, we encourage residents within the building to visit with each other in the available building common space/lounges that may be open. Residence Life will also continue to offer programs and events that will allow for small groups to gather safely. We know that this may be disappointing for some of you, but safety is our priority and we want to put a plan in place that allows students to be safe and engage with peers in ways that incorporate safety and distancing guidelines. We will continue to monitor the numbers and consult with our health directors.

Thank you for your patience as we work through this process, and please continue to check your email regarding updates to the visitation policy.

Are common spaces open in the residence halls?

In consultation with Student Health Services, Facilities Management and Campus Housing, the Department of Residence Life is carefully re-opening certain common areas (i.e., open lounges) in our residential buildings.

In order to keep these spaces open, there are important policies and procedures that must be followed by all residents. These procedures are aligned with all current distancing, cleaning, face-covering requirements and other COVID-19 policies across campus, including in academic spaces and classrooms.

Each lounge is configured to ensure proper social distancing. Lounges have significantly reduced capacity so that social distancing may be maintained. Lounge occupancy limits have been calculated based on individuals maintaining six feet of social distancing. Each lounge is outfitted with room-specific seating arrangements and signage. Seating is marked to help residents maintain proper social distancing. Residents shall adhere to all health and safety protocols of CofC, including masks, sanitation and social distancing.

Game rooms and common building kitchens remain closed at this time.

If all classes schoolwide become virtual, will students be asked to leave on-campus housing?

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.

Dining Services

Which dining locations will be open in the fall?

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. Retail dining choices are available across campus and include Chick-fil-A, Starbucks, Einstein Brother’s Bagels and Market 159.

Mobile ordering is available for the campus Chick-fil-A, Starbucks and Marty’s Place. Download the Transact app and select College of Charleston to use mobile ordering at these locations. The app accepts Cougar Cash, Dining Dollars and the meal plan at Marty's Place, in addition to Visa and Mastercard.

Please visit College of Charleston Dining Services at charleston.campusdish.com for location hours, menu offering and service adjustments. You can also follow us on social media @cofcdining to stay up to date with special events and other happenings.

Does the College offer mobile ordering for its dining locations?

Mobile ordering is available for CofC students and employees at the campus Chick-Fil-A, Starbucks and Marty's Place. Download the Transact app and select College of Charleston to use mobile ordering at these locations. The app accepts Cougar Cash, Dining Dollars and the meal plan at Marty's Place, in addition to Visa and Mastercard.

How do I add or change my spring meal plan?

Students could change or cancel a meal plan for spring 2021 until 5 p.m. on Jan. 19, 2021.

Students may add a meal plan at any time, but the plan can no longer be charged to the student eBill after Jan. 19 and must be paid for at the time of purchase with cash, check or any major credit card.

More information about meal plans can be found at cougarcard.cofc.edu/meal-plans.

Will we be able to eat inside the dining facilities in the fall?

President Hsu announced the College’s plan to resume a normal academic and campus life by the time school begins on August 24. For Dining Services, that means returning to normal operations in our dining facilities, including indoor seating in our residential and retail locations.

How will dining facilities be cleaned?

Dining Services will be following operational and cleaning procedures as recommended by the CDC and SC Department of Health and Environmental Control.