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What to Expect

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The weather is generally mild, but there will be a few days of cold temperatures during the winter months. You may want to bring sandals, a rain coat, umbrella, shorts, jeans, short sleeve shirts, comfortable shoes for walking, as well as a light winter coat and warm hat and gloves, etc.  You may also purchase these items here.

The average temperature in the spring is 76°F (24°C), summer is 89°F (32°C), fall is 77°F (25°C) and winter is 59°F (15°C). The region rarely has snow. There are 215 days of sun.

Clothing & Shopping

Students dress informally (jeans, sneakers, etc.), however, you may have presentations or be invited to dinners or receptions and need more formal clothing. 

Many American and international students purchase Coastal Carolina University apparel when they arrive on campus at the university bookstore.

Students can also purchase clothes from nearby retailers, such as Walmart, Target, Banana Republic, Under Armour, Jcrew, and many others.


On-campus Shuttle Service
Coastal Carolina University provides free shuttle service for its students around campus, and includes routes from University housing located at University Place, main campus, and the east campus.  All shuttles and shuttle stop areas are handicapped accessible.

To learn more about the shuttle, visit: http://www.coastal.edu/students/shuttle/index.html

Shuttle Maps: http://www.coastal.edu/media/studentaffairs/shuttle/shuttlemap.pdf

Transportation to select off-campus locations is available using Coast RTA buses.  Students can use their CINO Card and enjoy FREE unlimited rides on Coast RTA buses to go shopping, attend sporting events, and participate in various activities throughout Horry and Georgetown counties. 

Coastal Cycles Bike Program
The Campus Recreation department oversees the University's FREE campus bike program.  This program offers an affordable and environmentally sustainable form of transportation to Coastal students. This program provides an alternative to driving and promotes campus community. Campus Recreation has a fleet of approximately 30 cruiser and mountain bikes adorned with Coastal Cycles branding. All bikes come with a helmet and lock. 

To rent a bike, follow these steps: http://www.coastal.edu/recreation/category.html?y=39

For more information, e-mail recreation@coastal.edu

Taxis are available but can be quite expensive, even when going short distances.  Unlike taxis in major cities, the best way to hire a taxi is to call the company ahead of time and schedule a pick up.  You can, however, pick up a taxi at the airport without calling in advance and taxis are available at all hours of the day.

Getting a Driver’s License
Students are allowed to have cars on campus. The cost of a parking permit is $75 per academic year.  As an international student, you will need to get a South Carolina Driver's License if you plan on renting or driving a car.  Click here for more information about how to get a license. 

University Housing

All new freshmen and sophomores are required to live in campus residence halls for their first two years. National statistics show that college students who live in residence halls are more likely to complete their degree than those who live off campus, largely because they are more engaged in campus life and activities. Students may qualify for an exemption if they are over 22 years old, are veterans, live fewer than 50 miles (80 km) from campus, are married or are parents, or if they have significant medical restrictions.

J1 exchange students are not eligible to live off-campus per our agreement with your institution. You can, however, live on-campus.  Living in the residence halls is one of the most significant experiences students will have at Coastal Carolina University. Traditionally, students spend more time in their residence hall than anywhere else on campus.  In their new homes they are challenged and educated by the diversity in thought as well as the cultural and intellectual exchange that surrounds them daily.  Resident students will have the opportunity to make new friends, develop an appreciation and respect for differences and learn important skills that will help personal and professional relationships through college and beyond.

Students also have access to range of on-campus housing options, including apartment style housing.  Here is what you need to do to apply to live on campus.

  1. Find your CCU username and temporary password in your acceptance packet and follow the steps to set up your own password.
  2. Log on to Web Advisor (http://www.webadvisor.coastal.edu) and enter the site under the “students” section (blue).
  3. Under the University Housing section (bottom, right), click on “housing application”. Follow the instructions to choose your housing and meal plan. You will have to pay the application fee of “$50” and the “$100” deposit. The deposit will reduce the amount you owe, but the application fee is not. If you have problems with this, please let me know and I can send you a deferment code and the $150 will be applied to your bill which can be paid after you arrive. Also, you can change or cancel your meal plan after you arrive, during the first week of the semester. If you cancel your meal plan, you need to plan on cooking your own food.


Sharing a dorm room or suite with another person is a common practice at U.S. colleges and universities.  Having a roommate is not always easy – it’s a good idea to find out as much as you can about your U.S. living arrangements before leaving home.  Students can look-up their housing assignments on the Internet several weeks before the start of classes. We suggest contacting your prospective roommates as early as possible to get a sense of their personalities and expectations.

Students may request specific roommates and requests will be honored as much as possible; however, requests must be mutual and roommate preferences will take priority over building requests.

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