gogamecocks wrote:This is encouraging. You sir/madam win one free cookie.
Questions (other dude who posted before this, feel free to chime in):
Are there any apartment complexes near the school you'd recommend?
How's the city itself? Is there stuff to do? Is it full of sketchy parts or is it safeish?
How undergrady is the school? I'm not a big fan of football or kegstands. Can I still have a good time at USC?
1.) Depends on how much money you have. There are some nice apartments near the school, but some can get a little pricey.
2.) It's a small southern city. There is stuff to do though. Columbia has some decent outdoor stuff if you're into that, and it's only 2 hours from the beach. The weird thing about Columbia, IMO, is that there isn't "a sketchy part", or "a bad side of town". There are a few places I wouldn't want to walk around in after dark, but they are scattered around the city, and there's only one kinda sketchy neighborhood really close to the school, but you will really have no need to ever go there if you don't want. I have lived in Columbia since 2005, and I can't say of a time I've ever felt scared or nervous walking around at night, and I've never been mugged/shot/stabbed etc, but that's not something I generally worry about.
3.) The school is huge, but because it is in a city, the school isn't all encompassing (except on gamedays). 5 points (the bar-restaurant area right behind campus) is pretty undergrady, but there are places there where law students hang out. There's also a seperate, older downtown "the vista" that is right near campus too, so no worries. Also, learn to like football. And don't worry, you will be allowed to beer bong if you aren't a keg-stander.
gogamecocks's response is so credited. I must warn you, however, that Columbia's restaurant scene really sucks. If your definition of a nice meal concerns decent wings, burgers, fries, and beer, you should be fine. If your satisfaction requires anything beyond that, on the other hand, you will struggle seriously. The Vista area seems to claim to be catering to graduate students, young professionals, and even professors, but you will soon realize that it is a joke. If this consoles you at all, you can always drive to Charlotte (90 minutes), where there are daily non-stop flights to NYC which is the closest city that provides REAL dining and cultural experiences.
Editor's Note: Please don't tell me that there's always ATL which IMO is hardly better than CLT.