Residence Halls and Dining

General Process

Will there be required COVID testing after Thanksgiving break?

All students who plan to remain in on-campus housing after Thanksgiving break (whether they stayed on campus over the break or not) will be required to have a COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen test conducted during the week of Nov. 30, and to upload results no later than December 5. Students who fail to do so will not be permitted to remain in on-campus housing. Students who test positive will be moved to isolation for 10 days; close contacts of positive cases will be required to quarantine for 14 days from last contact with a positive case. Two free testing events will be offered by the College Dec. 1 and 2. Please monitor your email and refer to the College's Back on the Bricks website for more information from Student Health Services.

When do the residence halls close for fall and how do I properly check out of my housing?

All residence halls and houses close for the fall on December 15 at noon. This is different from previous years when some halls/houses remained open.

Students who require on-campus housing at any point between Dec. 15 and Jan. 7 must apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be limited and granted to students who are homeless, international or have other extenuating circumstances that require them to live on campus during Winter Break. A daily charge will apply for each day outside the regular occupancy period.

All students, regardless of when they leave campus housing for the fall semester, will need to sign up for an appointment to check out.

You will receive an email from Campus Housing with detailed checkout instructions, including how to make an appointment or apply for an exemption. We anticipate that you will be able to sign up for fall checkout appointments and apply for an exemption starting Nov. 9.

When/how will I get my 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

Can we have visitors in campus housing?

Students will not be allowed to check in visitors. The Department of Residence Life continues to work on new and creative ways for students to connect with visitors. Please reach out to your RA for more information about how to connect to other students and for engagement opportunities within the halls. And don’t forget about some of our beautiful outdoor spaces to safely meet up with your friends!

Residence hall staff will use virtual communications (phone or video chat) and socially distanced one-on-one interactions to stay connected with residents. Residence life staff will conduct check-ins throughout the semester as appropriate, in addition to in-person unscheduled health and safety inspections.

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.

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

Students could cancel their housing assignment and contract through Sept. 13, 2020, 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 canceled their housing assignment and contract may reapply for housing for the spring semester beginning Nov. 2 through the MyHousing/Dining portal via MyCharleston. More information can be found on the Campus Housing website at Campus Housing.

Can students stay in their residence halls/historic homes over Thanksgiving break?

Yes, students may stay in their residence halls or historic houses over Thanksgiving break. Campus Housing sent an email to students living on campus Oct. 29, 2020, with detailed information about this and procedures for Winter Break. If you plan to travel home or elsewhere, we encourage you to participate in the College's free COVID testing either Nov. 17 or Nov. 23.

Am I allowed to bring a friend or family member to assist me with my belongings for my fall departure?

You may have one person help you move your belongings, if needed, and they must follow all of the College's health and safety protocols, including wearing a face covering. Only one helper will be allowed in your room at a time; please coordinate timing with your roommate(s).

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 Sept. 16.

Will I be allowed to change rooms for the spring semester?

Students will be allowed to request room changes for the spring semester. Campus Housing will do its best to accommodate those requests within the College's reduced residential density standards set forth in the fall. Students currently living on campus should monitor their email for additional information. We anticipate room change requests being made available starting Nov. 9 and closing Nov. 16.

If I have a vacancy in my room, will I have a roommate in the spring?

You could have a roommate when you return. Students can request a room change for the spring, and students who weren't previously living on campus can apply for spring housing. Please know that we will maintain our reduced residential density standards set forth in the fall when accommodating room-change and new housing requests. You will be notified via email if you are assigned a roommate or suitemate for the spring.

Do I have to remove all of my belongings from the residence hall or historic house when I leave for the fall semester?

The residence halls and houses will be secured during the Winter Break. You will not need to take all of your belongings – unless, of course, you will not be returning to on-campus housing in the spring (for reasons like December graduation, transferring, etc.) or if you will be moving to a new room in the spring.

What will checking back into campus housing for the spring involve?

We know many of you are making plans for the spring semester, and we can’t wait to welcome you back. Like in the fall, you will need to register in advance for a check-in timeslot, which will again be two hours. The residence halls and historic houses will begin reopening Jan. 7, but certain dates will be reserved for specific buildings. You should have received an email with instructions for signing up for your move-in timeslot. Sign up for spring move-in started Nov. 9.

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

Off Campus

If I opted to live off campus, do I need to get a meal plan?

No, however, Campus Housing does suggest that you consider a meal plan since it will give you a good connection to campus and will be a convenient way to eat close to your classes on campus.

Dining Services

What are the dining facilities' hours of operation during Thanksgiving week?

A Thanksgiving Day buffet lunch will be served at Fresh Food Co. from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Thanksgiving Week Hours of Operation

On Monday, Nov. 23, all dining locations will be open for regular fall 2020 hours.

City Bistro

Tuesday, Nov. 24, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 29, 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Fresh Food Co.

Tuesday, Nov. 24, 7 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 26, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Thanksgiving buffet)

Marty's Place

Tuesday, Nov. 24, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.



Tuesday, Nov. 24, 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 25, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 27, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 28, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.


Tuesday, Nov. 24, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Market 159

Tuesday, Nov. 24, 9 a.m. – 1 a.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 25, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (expanded Meal Tap options available)

Friday, Nov. 27, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (expanded Meal Tap options available)

Saturday, Nov. 28, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (expanded Meal Tap options available)

Sunday, Nov. 28, 9 a.m. – 1 a.m. (expanded Meal Tap options available until 5 p.m.)


Tuesday, Nov. 24, 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Which dining locations will be open in the spring?

AAll 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.

Some modifications to our services and possibly hours of operation might be necessary so that we can safely and efficiently provide a variety of quality dining options.

Please visit Charleston Campus Dish for location hours and menus.

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

Should you wish to add a meal plan, you may do so by submitting your request or a completed Upperclassmen/Commuter Meal Plan form, to or by visiting Campus Services HQ at 162 Calhoun St. Students may add a meal plan at any time, but the plan cannot be charged to the student eBill after Jan. 19 for spring 2021; it must be paid for at the time of purchase with cash, check or any major credit card.

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.

Will we be able to eat inside the dining facilities?

Yes, in some of the dining facilities. We have reduced indoor seating in all residential and retail locations to conform with best practices and physical distancing guidelines. Due to the size of City Bistro and Chick-fil-A, we have eliminated indoor seating; however, seating will be available in our outdoor courtyard areas.

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.