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    From High School To The Horseshoe

    Making the decision to Call Carolina Home

Incoming Students

First-year students live on campus so they can experience opportunities that will help them make the most of their college experience, and to make sure they feel at home at Carolina.


The application will open December 15, 2022  for the Fall 2023 - Spring 2024 school year.



Please watch this video for any questions you have regarding the Housing Application. 




The housing application opens on December 15 and can be accessed in Self Service Carolina by clicking on “Personal” and then “My Housing Portal.” The application deadline is May 3.

UofSC requires first-year students to live on campus because students experience a stronger sense of community, better access to resources and more opportunities for personal and academic growth.

Roommate Matching Profile

Your answers to the profile questions will allow you to match and be matched with potential roommates. You will also create a username that will allow you to communicate with other admitted students who have applied for housing while protecting your privacy.

Request housing options / accommodations (if applicable)

If you would like to request gender-inclusive housing or require specific housing accommodations, complete the information in the “Housing Opportunities & Accommodations” section of the application. You must meet all the requirements listed on the application to be considered for specific accommodations. You must also register any housing accommodations with the Student Disability Resource Center to process the request.

Submit your application  

Before submitting your housing application, you are required to pay a $100 nonrefundable application fee.  Students with extenuating circumstances may request to have application fee deferred until the fall by completing the deferral form on the housing website under the “Apply for Housing” section.


After submitting your housing application, you have the option to apply for a Living and Learning Community (LLC) or a Residential Learning Program.

LLCs and Residential Learning Programs provide unique living environments that help students engage with others of similar interests. These themed communities are staffed by a faculty member who is an expert in their field.

The deadline to apply is May 3, and students will be notified by the middle of May of their acceptance into an LLC or Residential Learning Program.


After submitting your housing application, you will receive an email with information on selecting your roommate through the “My Housing Portal” in Self Service Carolina. Roommate matching will remain open until the completion of the housing process.

Options for choosing a roommate

Once in the Housing Portal, you will have two options for choosing a roommate: Option 1: Using their screen name, select a student with whom you wish to live. Once the request is sent and accepted by the student, you will both receive confirmation emails. Option 2: View the profiles of potential roommate matches. This list includes the top 25 students who best fit your needs based on the questions you answered when completing the housing application. You can use this screen name to email the student and begin a conversation.

Confirming roommates

Once you choose a student, send a roommate request. Both you and the roommate you requested will receive confirmation emails. If you do not want to roommate match, you can view the profiles of the student(s) who selected the same room as you during the room selection process. Note: Regardless of which option you choose, you can return to the housing application in the Housing Portal to review, cancel or find a new roommate at any time.



We offer traditional, suite, apartment style and affiliated apartment style residence halls. Each hall has its own unique history, set of traditions, personality and opportunities for its residents. Take a look inside each building on our housing website, including 360 degree tours of each residence hall. Styles and pricing vary, so be sure to review all the options before selecting the hall that best meets your needs.



Beginning in early June, students who apply before May 3 will be allowed to select their residence hall and room through the “My Housing Portal” in Self Service Carolina ( during a designated selection day and time. These dates and times vary by building and community, and will be available in late May in the Housing Portal. Priority for residence hall and room selection is based on the day and time the student submits the housing application. Roommates with the earliest day and time should make the selection on behalf of both roommates. Note: If you are accepted to a Living and Learning Community (LLC) or Residential Learning Program, you will select only your room.



One of the most memorable days of your college experience is move-in day. Learn everything you need to know about packing, loading, unloading, unpacking and setting up your room on the housing website. Our University Housing office will also be hosting LIVE shows and special presentations at Orientation to share everything you need to know about calling Carolina home next fall.


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