University of South Carolina Off Campus Apartments
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The University of South Carolina is situated in Columbia. Here's the interesting part: there are almost 30,000 students enrolled and the population of Columbia is under 120,000. Result: this is one big college town that is a combination of urban life and true Southern hospitality.
When starting the search for your University of South Carolina apartment, you'll find there will be a diverse choice. 60% of undergraduates live off campus and have learned how to commute to campus, how to get parking spaces, and how to juggle both campus and off campus life. It's all good. You will find it a walkable, wonderful place to live.
Since the USC campus is only blocks from downtown, choices for shopping, eating out and nightlife are very good. So even living off campus, you'll end up spending some free time in Five Points. You'll want to check out some of the student hangouts like Sharky's, Garret's and Groucho's. Plus, you'll find loads of ethnic places around too, and places for every budget.
The drinking age is 21 in South Carolina, but there's still fun to be had. Five Points and the Vista area are where you find the biggest bar/club scenes, and there are even free shuttle buses. There are at least 15 or so good bars in Five Points but check out Banana Joe's and Rafters for starters. Once in your USC apartment, you'll find some pubs and dive bars closer to home too.
The 'Gamecocks' of the University of South Carolina are special, so learn more at www.sc.edu.
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What neighborhoods in Columbia are good for eating out?
My favorite is the Five Point area of Columbia! Mr. Friendly's and Congaree Grill are about the best Southern food in the city and there are little places like the Salty Nut and Goatfeathers, which are just good places to hang out with friends. I could stick to Five Points and be pretty happy.
I've got dogs. What the the best places in Columbia for being outdoors with pets?
Columbia is dog friendly! There are four fenced dog parks most of which are in the outer suburban areas like Seven Oaks, Valencia Heights and at Sesquicentennial State Park. The state parks are great about providing areas. Even Finlay Park near downtown allows dogs, on leash of course, but it's so convenient too.
What areas of Columbia are safe for walking around at night?
The areas close to USC are all safe for walking around at night, including the Shandon, Rosewood, University Hill, and Wales Garden. The northeast and northwest sections of town are also known for being safe areas, including the popular Five Points neighborhood. According to neighborhoodscout.com, Columbia's neighborhoods with the lowest crime rates are Two Notch Rd, Devine St, Irmo, Windsor Estates, Trenholm Road, and Fairwold.
Why should I move to Columbia?
With a population of approximately 130,000, Columbia is the state capital and largest city in South Carolina. For those averse to cold weather, Columbia's humid subtropical climate features mild winters, warm springs and autumns, and very hot and humid summers. Columbia has also been ranked as one of the best places in the country to retire by CNNMoney.com and US News & World Report. It's also home to a vibrant arts, music, and theater scene.