Perhaps the most anticipated part of the college experience is living away from home, and there is no better option at the College of Charleston than living in the dorms. It's a fantastic way to meet new people, form new friendships, and get a taste of independence. Of course, there are some issues (middle-of-the-night fire drill evacuations, noise at ridiculous hours, insects, etc.), but the benefits are so much weightier. The friendships that can be built within suites and dorms are for life.
Charleston's residence halls run the spectrum from older and distinguished to new and modern, with the average dorm room being spacious and suite-style. While the nicest dorms are usually reserved for upperclassmen, even the older dorms have a certain charm and a rollicking social scene. There are even a variety of historic Charleston houses which are owned by the College and used for student residences. Along with the quality of the dorms, the expense of on-campus housing runs the gamut, with the nicest dorms being about twice as costly as the more rundown buildings.