One of the largest cities in South Carolina, Columbia is still small enough to feel
Be in the center of the action
For students interested in government, there's no better place. We are one of a handful
of flagship law schools located in the state capital, which makes it easy to find
externships and summer positions at the State House. Many federal, state, and municipal
courts, including the South Carolina Supreme Court, are also here in Columbia.
Enjoy our vibrant culture
The Midlands is home to 130 cultural organizations, including 16 dance companies,
12 theatre groups, and the South Carolina Philharmonic. The nationally renowned Riverbanks
Zoo and Botanical Garden is a fantastic way to spend an afternoon, and foodies are
in for a treat—many restaurants around the city specialize in fresh, local southern
fare, but you'll also find delicious cuisine from around the world.
Explore the outdoors
Mild winters—with average temperatures in the 50s—and warm summers mean there's never
a bad time to explore the outdoors in South Carolina. Columbia is located at the intersection
of three rivers, and the gentle current is perfect for kayaking. If you prefer hiking,
the Congaree National Park and Harbison State Forest are in your backyard.
Districts in Columbia, S.C.
Columbia features several distinct city districts, each with their own character and
amenities. Learn more about them below, or explore for yourself at Experience Columbia!