Learn to thrive and honor God through community with your peers. Residence Life pursues five themes: Jesus, Neighbor, Community, Disciple and Accountability.
Living on campus provides experiences that include making new friends, facing new challenges and developing memories that will last you a lifetime. Living within the campus community is an important aspect of a student’s personal development and education. Research continues to demonstrate that students who live on campus benefit in a number of ways. In fact, students who live on campus beyond their freshman year*:
- Are more likely to persist and graduate
- Gain more interpersonal contacts with faculty and peers
- Experience greater personal growth and development
- Have higher academic engagement and grade point average
- Have higher social-interpersonal engagement
- Participate more in out-of-class activities
- Have more positive and inclusive attitudes and openness to diversity
- Find more satisfaction with their undergraduate experience
*Source: How College Affects Students: A Third Decade of Research by Ernest Pascarella and Patrick Terenzini. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 2005
Charleston Southern requires all students under 20 years of age who are enrolled as full-time students, do not live locally, and are classified as a dependent (except veterans and married couples) to live on campus. Students must reach the age of 20 prior to the start of a major semester to reside off-campus. Students over 20 years of age, who have not previously been a resident, must have the Dean of Student’s approval to reside on-campus. We make every effort to house students who desire to reside in the residence halls.
Your room sign-up indicates tentative approval to reside on campus, and your place is reserved. However, please be advised that in the event we have a shortage of housing for students under the age of 20, it may be necessary to adjust the number of students over the age of 20 we are permitting to live on-campus.
For further questions about this policy, contact the dean of students office at 843-863-8008.
What to expect
We strive to make the transition into campus housing as smooth and comfortable as possible. On move-in day, our friendly community leaders and resident assistants will welcome you into the community.
When you arrive at CSU, you will check-in and move into your assigned room. This is a great time to meet your RA, your roommates, and neighbors. College is an exciting opportunity to build lifelong friendships and wonderful memories, get involved early and immerse yourself in the CSU experience!
At the end of your first day, your RA will conduct the first community meeting. During this time they will discuss community guidelines as well as roommate and suitemate agreements.
Ready to Move In?
Ready to Check Out?
- Check-Out Times
All students are required to move out within 24 hours of their last exam each semester. For example, if final is at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, you must checkout BEFORE 9 a.m. Thursday. All residents must be out by noon the day after exams end. Residents should sign up for a checkout time with their RA. Moving out of a residence hall without going through the proper procedure will result in a $100 fine. All students must be properly checked out 24 hours after their last exam. Additional information pertaining to specific semesters is below.
- Fall Semester
Roommates/ suitemates should begin cleaning prior to the day of checkout. Returning residents should complete the Room Confirmation prior to checkouts. Confirmed residents should empty and defrost their refrigerator, and the room should meet the White Glove Inspection requirements. Residents who have not completed a room confirmation prior to their checkout time must remove all items from the room belonging to him/her. Any items left behind when a student checks out, when not returning for the next semester, or when student has not completed a waiver, will be considered abandoned and discarded. The university will not be accountable for these items. Any questions should be directed to the resident’s RA.
- Fall Check-Out
- Residents have 24 hours after their final exam to check-out of the Residence Halls (all students should review their exam schedule and start planning ahead).
- All residents must sign up for a time to check-out with their RA (specific instructions will be given at hall meetings).
- Before residents leave for Christmas break, anyone who is returning to live on campus for the spring semester must confirm their room through their MyCSU account. To confirm your room, you must be registered for a full time schedule and pay the $100 room deposit. Transfer and freshman students do not have to pay this deposit.
- Spring Semester
Roommates/ suitemates should begin cleaning prior to the day of checkout. All residents should remove all items from the room. Any items left behind when a student checks out will be considered abandoned and discarded. The university will not be accountable for these items. If a student is required to stay on campus for commencement, he or she must sign up with the Residence Life Office prior to commencement to check out before 5 p.m. the day of commencement. Any questions should be directed to the resident’s RA.
- Spring Check-In 2023
- Residents can check back in to campus on Saturday, January 7 or Sunday, January 8 from 1-5 p.m.
- Check-ins will take place in the parking lot behind the Wingate hotel with Residence Life staff.
- If residents are not able to make this check-in time, they should email the Residence Life office at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. This should only be for emergency situations.
- Summer Semesters
Summer residents may only remain on campus as long as they are enrolled in an on-campus course of at least 3 hours. Each resident must properly checkout 24 hours after his/her last final. All items belonging to the resident who is checking out must be out of his/her room before the checkout process begins. Since roommates/suitemates may not move out at the same time, residents are responsible for their area within the room and the bathroom. Any items left behind are considered abandoned and will be discarded.