New to Charleston

Moving to the Charleston area offers an extremely diverse array of options. While that has many advantages, it can also make choosing where to live an overwhelming process. The information on this page offers some suggestions about where to start, as well as information for job-seeking spouses/partners of future CofC employees.

Cost of Living

Reference the Cost-Of-Living Calculator, a tool allows you to choose specific cities and housing preferences and receive a cost-of-living comparison.

Rental Information

ApartmentList.comMove.comApartment ShowcaseApartment Guide, and abodo.com offer on-line searching of most area apartment complexes. They enable users to search based on desired facilities, services, etc. and provide floor plans, rental rates, and community features for matching complexes. Apartment Ratings provides reviews by current or past tenants. (Bear in mind that it seems likely that those who submit reviews are individuals with particularly strong opinions.)

  • Trulia provides rental listings and community information.
  • Sublet.com is an apartment rental service that advertises apartments, sublets, subleases, roommates & houses for rent.
  • Rent.com offers listings specific to Charleston.
  • Craig's List provides listings of all types of rental properties.
  • RentToOwnLabs.com lists houses that are available for this kind of lease.
  • Sabbaticalhomes.com and AcademicHomes.com are web sites that help faculty worldwide find houses or apartments for rent, exchange or house-sit when on sabbatical leave, research trip, exchange program, relocation or vacations.
  • Zillow Rentals is a map-based internet listing service.

In some cases, searching for townhouses, condos and single family homes is best done by using the services of a real estate agent.

Home Purchase Information

The Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs can provide employment verification for faculty and HR can provide verification for other staff for your mortgage brokers when you are purchasing a home.  

The web search services listed below will give you an idea of the type and cost of housing in various communities.

This isn't intended to be a comprehensive list of the web search services available, nor is it intended to be any sort of recommendation. A quick Google search for "home buying advice" will bring you almost a billion hits in the blink of an eye, and almost all of them have something to offer. The important thing to remember, especially if this is your first time buying a house, is to take the time to look at that information.

Short-Term Housing

Unfortunately, the College of Charleston does not typically offer short-term housing on campus. However, there are many other possibilities for different forms of short-term housing.

  • Contact our Office of Human Resources for a list of waived deposit fees or discounted rental plans. 
  • Sublet Information is an apartment rental service that advertises apartments, sublets, subleases, roommates & houses for rent. Also, the Post and Courier or Craig's List provides subletting listings.
  • Apartment Complexes generally offer 3, 6 or 9 month leases at slightly higher rents. Online locator services allow searching for apartments that offer this option. Please note however that in practical terms many complexes often do not offer short-term leases since they prefer to lease by the year. (Furniture rental is also generally available.)
  • Biz-Stay is another on-line resource. The preferred accommodation choices in their directory are short-term furnished apartments or homes, and apartment-style hotel rooms with kitchens. (Accommodations of this type are commonly referred to as corporate housing, temporary housing, serviced apartments, extended stay hotels, apart-hotels or self-catering apartments.) Preference is also given to hotels that offer extended-stay discounts, typically for 7 days or longer. There are a wide-variety of listings for the Charleston area.
  • PC Housing, a nationwide temporary housing provider.

Moving Assistance

The College of Charleston may offer assistance to some permanent faculty and staff for your household move. If this was included in your offer of appointment, please discuss the relocation policies and restrictions with your department. 

Dual Career Information

This information is provided to introduce spouses/partners of prospective or future faculty and staff to the unique Charleston area job market and to help them conduct effective job searches both before and after the move to the area. Some web resources appear below.

Job Search Resources for Partners of Prospective CofC Employees

The Charleston area offers a wonderfully large and, in several ways, unique employment market for job seekers. For example, the largest sources of employment are with universities, healthcare, and the government. There are over 14 colleges and universities within commuting distance of the College of Charleston. See sections below for more detailed information.

University or Research Employment

Government Employment

  • USA Jobs is the federal government's official job site. Search by location to find Charleston area job listings.
  • South Carolina State Government advertises many positions on a centralized website.
  • Both Charleston County and the City of Charleston, as well as the surrounding counties and cities, are major employers.

Non-Profit Employment

Public and Private School Employment

  • In the state of South Carolina, counties operate as public school systems and coordinate employment centrally. View listings and apply online. Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester counties are nearby public school systems.

All Types of Employment

Charleston In addition to CofC, other major employers in the area include the Boeing, MUSC, Roper St. Francis Healthcare, Trident Health System, Bosch, Joint Base Charleston, Blackbaud, Benefit Focus, Volvo, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Kiawah Island Resort, Verizon, USPS, and Behr.

Enjoy working at "America's Most Beautiful Campus" in the "Top City in the World"

The College provides a creative and intellectually stimulating environment where students are challenged by a committed faculty of more than 500 distinguished teacher-scholars with the support a diverse, talented staff, all in an incomparable setting. 

The City of Charleston—world-renowned for its history, architecture, culture and coastal environment—serves as a living and learning laboratory for experiences in business, science, technology, teaching, the humanities, languages, and the arts. No other city in America has Charleston’s blend of rich history, authentic culture, thriving arts and entertainment scene and picture-postcard beauty.

There’s nothing better than seeing and experiencing the College of Charleston firsthand. There’s no other campus like ours. (It’s more like a hip, vibrant neighborhood than a fenced-off institution!) However, we welcome you to explore the College from your very own home. So, take the virtual tour to familiarize yourself with campus before you start.

In its description of the College of Charleston, MSN writes “Just like the city of Charleston itself, this college campus is full of oak-tree-lined courtyards and grand old buildings. This romantic setting appears in scenes from the movies The Notebook and Dear John.” The City of Charleston has been repeatedly named the No. 1 Best City in the U.S., and the College of Charleston has been nationally recognized as “America’s Most Beautiful College Campus.” 

We are home to major events including:
  • Spoleto Festival USA, one of the world’s major art festivals,
  • Cooper River Bridge Run, the country’s fifth largest road race,
  • Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, the country’s largest art and nature event,
  • MOJA Arts Festival, a Celebration of African-American and Caribbean Arts,
  • Charleston Fashion Week, and
  • Charleston Wine and Food Festival.

On campus, we have nationally acclaimed programs and centers. The Halsey Gallery of Contemporary Art, the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture; the Mace Brown Museum for Natural History, the College of Charleston Observatory are some of our on-campus resources that provide exceptional programming in addition to the university’s year round performances and seminar series. The College has over 50 distinctive academic centers, institutes, and special offices dedicated to enhancing our student experience.