Discover new things to do and nice places to stay, and see why our famously hot hometown
is cool enough to be named the #3 "Best College Town" in the nation!
Places to Stay
The Graduate Columbia lets you stay right on campus just a block from the Visitor Center, and there are
a number of Columbia hotels convenient to downtown and our campus that have demonstrated a high level of service.
For a comprehensive list of hotels in the greater Columbia area, check out a listing
at the Experience Columbia SC website. For locations closest to campus, set location to "Columbia City Center." Be sure
to mention USC when making your reservation to see if the hotel offers a special rate.
Things to Do
Explore Columbia’s natural beauty at the Congaree National Park, or stroll along one
of the city’s three rivers. Learn about our wild neighbors at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden or soak up some history at the State Museum. Check out a full listing of attractions
with directions at the Experience Columbia SC website. You can choose your activity by type (outdoors, shopping, etc.) or check out the districts listing to choose by location.
Places to Eat
Columbia cuisine ranges from raw vegetarian fare to good old Southern comfort food
— sometimes at the same restaurant. Check out the Explore Columbia SC listing of the best eating in town. You can choose by type of food or by location and narrow
your search based on cost and what meal you are looking for (breakfast, lunch, dinner,
The closest airport to the University of South Carolina is the Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE), which is approximately 15-20 minutes (by car) from our campus. The Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) is in Charlotte, NC and is approximately 1.5 hours (by car) from our campus.