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    From High School To The Horseshoe

    Making the decision to Call Carolina Home

New First-Year 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.

Have You Completed These Steps Prior To Accessing The Housing Portal

  • Have you been accepted to USC?
  • Have you paid your enrollment deposit?
  • Have you waited 48-72 hours after you paid your enrollment deposit before logging into the Housing Portal?
  • Have you set-up your USC username and password and set up multi-factor authentication?



In order to apply for housing you must have been accepted into USC and have paid your Enrollment Deposit (non-refundable).

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    Housing Application Opens For New First-Year Students

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    Priority Deadline

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    Deadline To Roommate Match


Apply for Housing

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Make sure you have completed all the steps above before you apply for housing or you will not be able to access the housing portal.




Walkthrough of Housing Application



00:08 - Intro

00:10 - Housing Application

03:31 - Roommate Matching Questions

05:21 - Housing Contact Information

05:45 - Outro


Housing Application Checklist

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    $100 Non-Refundable Housing Application Fee

    Before submitting your housing application, you are required to pay a $100 nonrefundable application fee. 

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    Explore Your Options

    USC has several community experiences for students who live on campus.  Living and Learning Communities (LLCs) and First-year Carolina Community (FYCC) are two options for first-year students.  While LLCs are interest based, FYCC is an option for students who wish to live with students, regardless of similar interest.

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    Explore Your Options

    Gender Inclusive Housing (GIH) For residents of differing gender identities and sexual orientations to live in a supportive and understanding environment regardless of sex assigned at birth. 

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    Submit Your Application

    You may now submit your completed housing application.

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    Roommate Matching

    If you complete your housing app by May 3, you will be able to participate in roommate matching. You will return to the housing app to begin roommate matching according to your housing app complete date.

    Roommate groups are not guaranteed.

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    Room Selection

    If you complete your housing app by May 3, you will be able to choose your own room. You will return to the housing portal in late May/early June to choose your room. Your room selection timeslot is based on when you complete your housing application.


First-Year Timeline For Community Decisions & Roommate Matching


  • Housing Fee Deferral Form

    Housing Fee Deferral Form

    First-year students who are experiencing a financial hardship may fill out the deferral request form.

    Housing Fee Deferral Request Form

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    Housing Exemption Form 

    First-year students who live within Richland or Lexington County are eligible to request a Housing Exemption.

    Students must email us to gain access to the exemption process in the Housing Portal. 

    Email Us

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    Cancel Housing Application

     Students who need to cancel their Housing Application may email us.

    Keep in mind, freshmen are required to live on campus for a full academic year. Be sure to read your housing contract and all of the details about housing cancellations and refunds.

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