Campus Housing

 The Residence Halls

McNair Hall * Mirse Hall * Hudson Hall * Wesley Hall * The Cottages 

Eligibility and Acceptance

Living in a residence hall offers Columbia College students a wide variety of opportunities that contribute to their college experience and helps them prepare for life after college. Students are required to live on campus during their first two years at Columbia College.

Currently, there are six residence facilities at Columbia College, offering accommodations for approximately 600 students. Each room is equipped with outlets for free basic cable, access to the Internet, local telephone service, and private voice mail accounts for each individual resident. Residence Hall Double rooms are equipped with:
  • Two Standard Twin Size Mattresses
  • Two Bedframes
  • Two Desks
  • Two Chairs
  • Two Dressers
  • Two Closets (McNair closet spaces do not have doors)
  • One Nightstand (Hudson, Mirse, Wesley only)
  • Two Desk Hutches (Cottages Only)

Not sure what to bring with you to campus? Check out our Packing List
 

 McNair Hall

 McNair Hall
 
McNair Hall First Year Center is the residence hall for first year Columbia College students. Built in 1965, McNair was originally known as Asbury Hall, named for Francis Asbury the first American Methodist Bishop. It underwent major renovations and was rededicated on March 29, 2012, in honor of Robert and Janice Suber McNair ’59.

It is the largest residence hall with 144 rooms arranged in suites, two professional staff apartments, two study lounges, a student meeting room, a central courtyard, a patio area, a fitness center, a communal kitchen, and a lounge area in the lobby.

 

 McNair Room raised viewpoint  McNair Room from door McNair Closets 
 McNair Bathoom  McNair Bathoom Vanity and Shelves  McNair Connecting Bathroom Suite
 McNair Kitchen    McNair Third Floor Lounge 2
McNair Hall Room Measurements     
Room Depth  15 feet 
  Width 11 feet
  Height 8 feet
     
Windows:    
Top Height 15 inches
  Width 11 feet
     
Main Height 50 inches
  Width 52 inches
 

Mirse Hall

 
Mirse Hall
Built in 1964 and originally named for Epworth Parish, the birthplace of John Wesley, it was renamed Mirse Hall on April 22, 1992, in honor of Ralph T. and Blanche A. Mirse (president of the college 1977-88).

Mirse Hall has 50 residence rooms, a professional staff apartment, two study lounges, a lobby reception area, a communal kitchen, and a laundry facility used by both Mirse and Wesley residents. Residence rooms in Mirse are arranged in suites of two rooms with a connecting bath.

 
 Mirse and Wesley Sample Room from door  Mirse and Wesley Sample Room Mirse and Wesley Sample Room Closets 
 Mirse and Wesley Sample Bathroom Shower    Mirse and Wesley Sample Bathroom
 Mirse Basement Lounge  Mirse Kitchen  Mirse and Wesley Laundry Room Mirse basement
 

 Mirse Hall Room Measurements:  
 Room  Depth 16.5 feet
   Width 13.3 feet
   Height 8.3 feet
     
Window: Inside Width 4.08 feet
  Height 5.3 feet

Hudson Hall

Hudson Hall
 
 
Hudson Hall has 50 residence rooms, two professional staff apartments, two study lounges, a lobby reception area, a communal kitchen, and a laundry room. Residence rooms in Hudson are arranged in suites of two rooms with a connecting bath. Named for Mr. and Mrs. E. O. Hudson (trustee) of Orangeburg in 1974.
 
 Hudson Room from door  Hudson Room from corner  Hudson Closets
 Hudson Bathoom  Hudson Bathoom from door  Hudson Front Lobby
 
Hudson Hall Room Measurements:    
Room Depth 15.5 feet
  Width 13.2 feet
  Height 8.2 feet
     
Window: Inside Width 5.1 feet
  Height 5.4 feet

Wesley Hall

Wesley Hall
 
Wesley Hall has 50 residence rooms, a professional staff apartment, two study lounges, a lobby reception area, a basement lounge, a kitchen, and a chapel. Residence rooms in Wesley are arranged in suites of two rooms with a connecting bath. Named for John Wesley, founder of Methodism. Built in 1964.

 Mirse and Wesley Sample Room from door  Mirse and Wesley Sample Room Mirse and Wesley Sample Room Closets 
 Mirse and Wesley Sample Bathroom Shower    Mirse and Wesley Sample Bathroom
 Wesley Basement Lounge  Wesley Lobby  Wesley Kitchen

 

 

Wesley Hall Room Measurements:    
Room Depth 16.5 feet
  Width 13 feet
  Height 8.5 feet
     
Window: Inside Width 4.1 feet
  Height 5.4 feet

 

The Cottages

 

Knox Hall offers eight single-occupant rooms and six double-occupant rooms in a cottage-style living arrangement for qualifying seniors and juniors. The ground floor includes a common living area and kitchen. The second level includes an additional common living area with a balcony overlooking the garden court below. Knox Hall was made possible by contributions from the Knox family of Columbia and opened in 2002. 

Kneece Hall offers eight single-occupant rooms and six double-occupant rooms in a cottage-style living arrangement. The ground floor includes a common living area and kitchen. The second level includes an additional common living area with a balcony overlooking the garden court below. Kneece Hall and Knox Hall are designed as a matching pair, facing each other across a private garden court.

Kneece Hall opened in 2002 and was made possible by a contribution from Martha Smith Kneece ’55 of Gilbert, S.C.
 
 Knox Hall from Kneece Kneece Hall from Knox 
 Cottages Double Room from corner  Cottages Double Room from door Cottages Double Room Closets 
 Cottages Single Room from corner    Cottages Single Room from door
 Sample Cottages Bathroom  Sample Cottages Shower  Sample Cottages Singles Suite Bathroom
 Cottages Kitchen    Cottages Lobby
 

Eligibility and Acceptance

To be eligible for residence placement, a student must have met her financial obligations to the College and must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at Columbia College.
 
Full-time is defined as enrollment for 12 or more credit hours per semester or its equivalent. Individual housing eligibility is non-transferable. Resident students fulfilling approved student teaching or internship requirements, or who are in the final semester of their senior year, may not meet full-time enrollment standards, but are eligible for residency during the period. Part-time students may be granted eligibility by the director of residence life.
 
Students accepted into College residence by the Office of Admissions or Department of Residence Life must complete and submit the following:
  • Housing Application
  • Room reservation fee
  • Room fee
  • Board fee
Room assignments for new students are made by the Office of Residence Life prior to the beginning of each semester. Upperclass student assignments are made each spring for current resident students through the Room Selection process.
 
Each spring semester, all current residents have the option of reserving room assignments for the next academic year by participating in the Room Selection process. Through the room selection process, students are able to choose their rooms. 

Some residence halls are designated with special privileges and therefore require a minimum GPA or other eligibility requirements of students who choose to live with those special options.