Though the search is a challenge, the satisfaction that comes with having your own place is well worth the trouble. While some students rent entire houses in groups of eight or nine, others may choose to live by themselves, and in turn, end up paying more than they would if they shared a two- or three-bedroom place. But if you’re not good at sharing your space, Charleston does have quite a wide selection of single-bedroom apartments. Students at the College agree that feeling comfortable with your landlord and your location are probably the two most important things, before the quality and price of your apartment. Students are spread out all over downtown, many close to campus on streets like Calhoun, St. Philip, King, Bull, and Vanderhorst, but locations blocks away like Felix, Cannon, and Bogart are just as popular.
If you’re looking for an actual apartment (rather than a floor of a house, which is most common downtown), check out areas such as James Island or Mount Pleasant. Beware, though; these locations come with the added trouble of commuter traffic and parking. No matter where you live downtown, transportation will never be a problem. The most you will need is a bike to get to and from class. It is not impossible to find a great place downtown and the Residence Life Web site even has a page of listings to help out students in the apartment-hunting process. While these places may not be exactly modern, there are a lot of huge historic homes in Charleston where you can rent the entire floor. It's great for parties!