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What is Riverside?

It’s an apartment community designed especially with University of South Carolina students in mind, offering spacious 2 and 4 bedroom apartments, a full set of amenities and a dedication to quality — all in a great location and at competitive rates.

Is Riverside part of the University of South Carolina?

Although nearly all residents at Riverside are students at USC, as well as other local schools, Riverside is privately owned and is professionally managed. Click here for more information about the ownership and management.

Can I live with friends, or can you match me with roommates?

You can select your roommate(s), or you can apply on your own and we can match you with other students. Applicants answer a short list of lifestyle questions to help in the matching process.

What are per-person contracts?

Instead of requiring all roommates to sign a joint lease, each person at Riverside has their own individual contract, with one person per bedroom. This means you are only responsible for paying for yourself — not your roommates. Even if a roommate moves out or other bedrooms in your apartment are empty, you only pay the rate for your bedroom.

What is included in the rate?

Each resident at Riverside pays a flat rate that includes:

  • Furniture
  • Flat-panel HDTV mounted in each living room
  • Wireless Internet throughout the community
  • Washer and dryer in each apartment
  • Water/sewer, trash removal
  • Community features — pool, fitness center, etc.
  • Private shuttle bus to the University of South Carolina campus

Are private bathrooms available?

Yes. All two-bedroom apartments at Riverside have two bathrooms, each accessed privately from inside the resident’s bedroom. In four-bedroom apartments, two bedrooms share an adjoining, compartmentalized bathroom.

Are the apartments furnished?

Yes. Each apartment includes a complete set of furniture, including full-size beds, desks and chairs, dressers, leather-style sofa and side chairs, coffee table and dining set — plus a wall-mounted HDTV comes in every apartment. Please visit our model apartments to see furniture samples.

When do the contracts start and end?

The standard term is August 14, 2021 to July 27, 2022, with payments made in 12 equal installments. Limited alternate dates may be available; please inquire with our staff. Click here for a sample agreement.

Is a co-signer or financial guaranty required?

After a Housing Agreement is signed, each resident is required to secure their financial obligation in one of three ways: by providing a qualifying guarantor (often a parent); by pre-paying the final 2 installments; or by purchasing a third-party guaranty from our partner, Leap. In limited cases, we may also waive the requirement for a financial guaranty if a resident has sufficient income of their own.

Can I pay by credit card?

Yes. Residents can pay online 24 hours per day, by credit card or ACH electronic checking. Riverside also offers automatic payment by either credit card or checking account — just fill out one page, one time and payments will be made automatically. Convenience fees apply for credit card and debit card payments.

Will my financial aid cover charges at Riverside?

Your living costs at Riverside can be covered by financial aid, just like on-campus housing. Any available financial aid funds, after university charges are satisfied, are released to the student for non-institutional expenses, such as off-campus housing. These funds can be used to pay charges at Riverside. Normal payment deadlines will continue to apply.

Is Riverside open to non-students?

Most of the residents at Riverside are students at USC, with others from Benedict College, Allen University, Columbia College and Midlands Tech. The per-person contracts are also designed with students in mind; nonetheless, Riverside is an Equal Opportunity housing provider and welcomes applications from non-students. Family members are welcome as well, subject to occupancy limits. Because of the need to match student roommates, non-students must apply together with enough roommates to fill the desired apartment.

What kind of security is provided?

Management staff are also on-site 24×7 and can be reached by a 24-hour phone number.

What are the policies on pets, smoking and guests?

Riverside is pet-friendly in select apartments, subject to limits on animals and breeds. Riverside is a smoke-free community in all indoor areas, as well as the clubhouse and pool area. Guests are welcome at all times, subject to the consent of roommates and security considerations. Overnight guests are welcome, with limits on the number of days and guests.

Can I park my vehicle at Riverside?

Riverside offers free surface parking for all residents. Limited guest parking is also available at no charge.

What other transportation options will I have?

Riverside provides a free private shuttle bus to the University of South Carolina campus, picking up at the Horseshoe. The trip from Riverside to campus is just 7 minutes. Residents can also bike the 1¼ mile — just cross the Congaree on Knox Abbott and continue straight up Blossom Street into campus. Driving to Benedict College, Allen University or Columbia College is easy too.

Can I see a model apartment?

Yes. Please request an appointment for a personal tour, or just stop by to see us and we’ll be happy to show you the community.

Pay zero down

Apply now to secure your preferred placement, and we’ll waive the deposit and application fee.


New applicants only; limit one resident per bedroom. Housing Agreement must be fully signed while this limited-time offer is in effect. The first regular rent installment and annual administrative fee are due August 1, 2021. Approved guarantor or alternate partial prepayment required. All agreements are subject to management approval under regular application policies. May not be combined with any other special offer.