Student Life

10 things to do during the fall semester in Charleston

By CSU Media | October 8, 2018
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As the fall semester continues, explore everything that Charleston Southern University’s home city has to offer. Charleston, nestled in the South Carolina Lowcountry, consistently ranks as a top city in the nation and the world. The culture-rich destination for culinary and entertainment also captures some of the greatest natural beauty in the South. 

We compiled a list of things to do in Charleston for students, faculty and staff to enjoy.

Tour historic churches and monasteries 

Often referred to as the Holy City, Charleston brings in millions of guests each year to see beautiful historic churches. Each church boasts uniquely stunning architecture and a vivid look into the past. In addition, guided tours at the Abbey in Moncks Corner to see the monastery are only $5. 

Become a loyal Buc fan

CSU’s unmistakable school spirit shows at each of our sports events. Attend a game to meet other students and support the Buccaneers. Homecoming week will take place Oct. 14-20, culminating in one of the favorite football games of the year. Plus, don’t miss the FREE Fun Run 5K on Saturday, Oct. 20.

Take part in local festivals

A two-day book festival on Nov. 9 and 10, offers the chance to meet featured authors and engage with the literary community of the city. Many of the events during the festival are free and open to the public. 

Check out monthly events downtown 

Second Sunday at the downtown King Street shops happens the second Sunday of every month, all year. The event shuts down the streets from vehicles so that visitors can stroll through the main street of Charleston and enjoy special shopping and dining deals from 1 to 5 p.m. Support small businesses and bring friends and family.

Step out into nature at city and state parks

With educational and recreational amenities and beautiful landscape spanning 1,015 acres, the Wannamaker Park in North Charleston provides many fun ways to spend the day outdoors. 

Soak up the sun at our beaches

Sullivan’s Island offers a quiet beach escape from the bustling city. Visitors can participate in a variety of water sports, like kayaking, sailing, paddle boarding and more. On the island, there’s also a stunning lighthouse and fort to explore. Fort Moultrie showcases riveting Revolutionary War history. 

Spend time in surrounding towns

Explore Summerville, a town known for southern charm and hospitality. Shops and restaurants line the historic downtown streets, like local favorite Coastal Coffee Roasters. Spend a weekend at the farmer’s market or an art gallery.

See how tea is made in the U.S.

Take a trip to the Charleston Tea Plantation, America’s only tea factory and the home of Bigelow Tea. The expansive green grounds hold more than 300 varieties of tea plants. There is no admission fee.

Dig into art and history at museums

The Charleston Museum, open seven days a week, shares the many facets of Charleston’s deep-rooted history. The museum has nine permanent exhibits, with other seasonal and topical exhibits throughout the year. 

Shop in the famous Charleston City Market

Charleston City Market, one of the nation’s oldest public markets, stays open seven days a week. Check out three blocks of food and shopping during the day, with live entertainment at night.

Interested in attending Charleston Southern University and living in one of the best cities in the world? Visit to take a First Look and see what it’d be like to be a 

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