Residence Halls and Dining

Spring 2022

Can I apply for housing for the spring semester?

Yes, the spring housing application is open in the MyHousing/Dining portal. Please visit the following link for instructions on how to apply for the spring semester: https://housing.cofc.edu/apply-for-housing/spring-only.php.

Will visitors be allowed in the residence halls?

Effective Monday, November 8, the current restrictions on residence-hall visitation were amended to allow any currently enrolled CofC student to be signed into a residence hall as a guest. The current restriction on non-CofC student guests will remain in place. Specific information regarding the guest sign-in process can be found on the Residence Life website.

Is there a chance that students living on campus will be sent home if COVID-19 numbers get too high?

Just as with last year, our plan is to keep students on campus, which we were able to do. However, we will also respond to the conditions on campus. As President Hsu said, we will do what we have to do to keep your student and our campus safe.

What do parents need to do for move-in? Show proof of vaccination card? And what about unvaccinated parents - will they have access to move-in?

We do not have a requirement for proof of vaccination. Two family members/ friends can help with move in, but we strongly encourage wearing face coverings while indoors.

Will the COVID-19 vaccine be required of all students this fall?

The College strongly encourages all members of the campus community to get vaccinated but is not requiring vaccinations for students or employees at this time.

The College currently has three vaccines that are required if you are a student. These vaccines are required because an outbreak of measles, mumps, pertussis or meningitis would have significant impact on our campus community as we saw last fall with the mumps epidemic. In the case of the mumps, we were grateful that almost all of our students were vaccinated against mumps, including those who acquired the illness. However, having most of the population vaccinated meant the cases we did have in our community were mild and not very contagious.

The College strongly encourages all members of the campus community to get vaccinated but is not requiring vaccinations for students or employees at this time.

If my roommate is not vaccinated, can I change roommates?

Students can usually apply to switch rooms starting around the third week of classes (subject to change). Campus Housing emails all residential students to let them know when the application to change rooms will be available in the MyHousing/Dining portal.

Will we know if roommates are vaccinated?

The College of Charleston is unable to share medical information including vaccination status of students per HIPPA and FERPA guidelines. We encourage roommates to speak with each other about expectations about their room and living environment, and they may seek guidance from their RA as they do this.

Dining Services

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. 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 meal plan?

Information about meal plans can be found at go.cofc.edu/mealplan.

How will activities in the dining halls be conducted? Will it be normal capacity, or is there a limit that will be enforced?

Overall, dining operations and capacities will be as normal. Minor tweaks have been made to dining services operations, for example the elimination of self service at the salad bar and hot bars. Seating has been scaled back in some areas to allow for safer distancing and traffic flow. Dining services continues to monitor CDC and SC DHEC guidelines and will make adjustments as necessary.

I thought that there was a meal plan that provided more 'off campus' purchase options. However, when I looked online, I didn't see this option. Did I miss it? What's the name of that particular plan?

We do offer a variety of meal plans, but we do not have one that includes off-campus merchants.

How are dining facilities being cleaned?

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