Residence Life

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The mission of the Department of Residence Life is to create engaging, supportive, and inclusive communities that foster academic achievement, personal development, and student involvement.

Updated August 20, 2020:


President Hsu announced a significant change in the College of Charleston’s plans regarding COVID-19 testing for students living on campus. Please refer to his email, dated August 20, for the required testing protocols for students who will be living in on-campus housing. You may find additional information on the College’s Back on the Bricks website

Do not plan to move into campus housing if you do not yet have a COVID19 test result uploaded by September 8.* If you already tested positive for COVID19 on or before August 27, you may upload those test results, also by September 8.

The College will not pro-rate housing or meal plan fees for students whose move-in is delayed due to failure to provide test results or for students who cannot move in on time due to a positive test result. 

*If you are a student who has been granted an exemption to move in early or you are a Resident Assistant, please refer to the Early Move-In Students and Resident Assistants section of the Back on the Bricks website

Delay of in-person classes and move-in

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on South Carolina and the Lowcountry, the College of Charleston will delay the start of in-person classes until Monday, September 14. Classes will begin as scheduled on August 25, in an online environment.

  • Housing and dining fees have already posted to student eBill accounts; adjustments to these fees, once determined, will appear in the form of a credit once the residence halls reopen and dining operations resume.
  • Students who wish to cancel their housing assignment and contract may do so, without penalty, until 11:59 p.m. EST on August 21, 2020.

New move-in dates are tentatively scheduled for September 11-13. All students will be required to schedule a new move-in timeslot. We are also asking that students update their dietary preferences and any food allergies; this information will be shared with Dining Services should you be required to self-isolate or quarantine and need meals delivered to your room. Students should have received an email August 12 with more information. We encourage you to wait to make travel arrangements until you have a confirmed move-in timeslot.

Students with extenuating circumstances were able to apply for an exemption to move in prior to the start of classes on August 25. The deadline to apply was August 5. Applicants were notified via email August 12 regarding the College’s decision to deny or approve their request.  

We encourage you to visit the FAQ within the Residence Halls and Dining section of the College of Charleston’s Plan for Fall 2020: Back on the Bricks, which is being updated routinely. Additionally, you may view recordings of previous virtual Town Halls

Residence Life continues to work closely with Campus Services – including Campus Housing and Dining Services, Student Health Services, Facilities Management, and other College of Charleston and health officials regarding the details of living and dining on campus this fall.

Make sure to check out our Facebook page! @CofCResidenceLife