10 tips for freshmen living in Columbia, SC

Classes for UofSC students begin tomorrow and with the largest incoming freshman class in school history, we know there are a few new Soda Citizens walking around.Being new in town can be a little disorienting, but that’s where we come in. Here are 10 things you should know as a new Soda City resident.

🐓 UofSC

1. We hope you brought some walking shoes. UofSC is 444 acres spread across Columbia and you’ll definitely get your daily steps in. Here’s a map of campus so you don’t get lost.

2. One of the best things about being a UofSC student is rooting for the Gamecocks at sporting events. Be up-to-date with the latest sports happenings and get excited about football season.

3. Join one of 500+ campus clubs to make new friends, branch out, and find something you enjoy.

🚲 Health + wellness

4. Columbia is known for our beautiful rivers + we recommend walking by a few of them:

5. Hop on a Blue Bike. These local bikes are a great way to avoid parking fees. Pro tip: use this student rate to save money on your membership.

6. Many local fitness centers, studios, and gyms offer student discounts. Check out:

🍽 Local grub

7. We’ve got you covered for late-night bites.

8. Some go-to local grub spots around campus are:

📍 Our City

9. Familiarize yourself with our main districts and citiesthis will help you as you navigate around town.

10. There are two things you should know about our trains. One, if you haven’t been caught by one yet, you will. Two, you might want to invest in some earplugs for nighttime. Trust us.

Bonus tips: Subscribe to our newsletter to stay in the know + don’t forget to call your mom once in and while.

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