Life in Charleston

City Life. Beach Life. Campus Life. Your Life.

Trying to describe why Charleston's vibe resonates is like trying to explain why your favorite song rocks. It just does. Downtown Charleston is 20 minutes from some of the best beaches in the Southeast and our year-round temperate weather makes the Charleston area ideal for surfing, kayaking, climbing, hiking and camping.

It seems like there's always something going on in Charleston. The annual Spoleto Festival USA is the premier arts festival in the country. The Cooper River Bridge Run has been called the best 10-K race in the world. And every March, top chefs and fashion designers flock to the Lowcountry for the Charleston Wine + Food Festival and Charleston Fashion Week.

The College of Charleston campus is smack dab in the middle of one of the most lovingly preserved historic districts in America (look both ways for horse-drawn carriages). It's like going to school in a postcard.

The College of Charleston is inseparable from the city of Charleston, and you'll feel like a local no matter where you're from. Charleston is the perfect sized city for the perfect sized college. It's big enough to support a vibrant cultural life – huge concerts and small clubs, dance troupes and opera, historic sites and professional sports – and small enough for students to feel right at home from their very first day.

Learn more about what makes Charleston an amazing place to live and learn at the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau website.