Life in Columbia
Students can enjoy the atmosphere of the university while also enjoying the amenities of a mid-sized city, all within minutes of the campus.
Life and Arts
Columbia has several areas for college students to enjoy, including the historic Five Points area and the newly reinvigorated Vista district. Students can tap into the history of Columbia and South Carolina by visiting the many museums, historic homes, and repurposed buildings, some of which are now used as shops and restaurants. To learn more about attractions in the area, check out the Columbia Regional Visitors Center or the Columbia Concierge (pdf).
And there is no lack of natural resources to enjoy in Columbia and the surrounding areas. Lake Murray, Finlay Park, Congaree National Park and Riverbanks Zoo are just a few of the attractions that draw people from near and far.
The city of Columbia serves as a great location for students. With beaches and mountains and cities like Charleston, Charlotte, Atlanta, Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach within a few hours' drive, Columbia's centralized location makes it the perfect place to go to school.