Life on Campus

life one campus

As a Charleston Bridge student, your primary connection to the Trident Technical College community will be the TTC faculty and your coursework. However, as a participant in the program, you will have a multitude of opportunities to engage with staff and services provided by the College of Charleston.

Academic Support Services

The Center for Student Learning provides comprehensive academic support programs for students as they strive for excellence in learning, while promoting student leadership and development through peer education experiences.

Athletic Events/Tickets

Free admission to all home games with your Cougar Card.

Campus Recreation Services

This area provides facilities and a variety of activities that contribute to the overall health and well-being of the College community.

  • Intramural sports: competitive activities in a number of individual and team sports
  • Sport clubs: club programs for individuals with a common sport interest
  • George Street Fitness Center: an activity center stocked with the latest cardio equipment and an impressive line of free-weight resistance-training equipment and weight machines

Center for Civic Engagement

The Center for Civic Engagement matches student volunteers with community needs. Volunteer opportunities range from one-day events to year-long mentoring programs.

Clubs and Organizations

CofC has more than 240 student clubs and organizations where you can make new friends, learn from others, serve the community, share your talents and – best of all – try something totally new.

Higdon Student Leadership Center

The mission of the Higdon Student Leadership Center is to provide opportunities designed to empower responsible student leadership in order to enrich the community while promoting positive citizenship and the holistic development of students.

Intramural and Club Sports

Staff members with Campus Recreation Services organize flag football, kickball and basketball leagues among other activities. They also run weekend sea kayaking, hiking and climbing adventures. They oversee 25 sports clubs that will give you a chance to experience and compete in everything from men’s and women’s Ultimate, rugby and soccer to belly dancing, watersports and ice hockey.

New Student and Family Orientation

The mission of orientation is to assist all new and readmitted studentsand their families to the College of Charleston through educational programming and services that support and enhance the overall curricular and co-curricular experience. Services will include the development of diverse learning opportunities that facilitate student engagement and personalized peer education experiences.

Student Life

More than 240 organizations represent the interests, beliefs and ideologies of student groups, including honor societies and clubs focusing on academics, drama, government and politics, international interests, religious, service, special interests and sports.

Some examples and categories of groups include:

  • Cougar Activities Board (CAB)
  • Higdon Student Leadership Center
  • Sports clubs
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Multicultural organizations
  • Political organizations
  • Performing organizations
  • Service organizations

Engagement Restrictions

During the fall semester, Charleston Bridge students may not participate in ROTC, pep band, varsity sports, CofC Dance Team, or fraternities and sororities. Students cannot be employed on the College of Charleston campus in a job that provides a stipend payment or hourly wage or participate in activities that require College of Charleston course enrollment.

Residential Policies

View the residential policies online.

Residence Hall selection and Roommate Placement

Bridge students are required to live in College of Charleston residence halls and can choose from Berry Hall, College Lodge or Liberty Street Residence Hall. Students must also purchase a Freshman Resident Meal Plan to use at the on-campus dining locations. Please review our residence hall information and rates.

To apply for housing, Bridge students must first pay the $400 enrollment fee. Once that payment is made, students will apply for housing in the MyHousing/Dining portal via MyCharleston. To access the housing application, students will need to pay a $50 housing application fee inside the portal. Your spot in the program will not be secured until you’ve applied for housing. Housing is guaranteed for all Charleston Bridge Students, but you must complete your application by May 1, 2021.

Housing assignments are made in application completion order. The earlier you complete your housing application, the better chance you have at receiving your top preferences. Building requests are not guaranteed, but will be considered based on the date you complete your housing application. Roommate requests are not guaranteed, but will be considered when housing is assigned. Charleston Bridge students will only be assigned roommates who are also participating in the Charleston Bridge Program. Charleston Bridge students will be assigned to Berry, Buist, Craig or Liberty residence halls. A request for a roommate not participating in Charleston Bridge will not be approved during the fall semester.

Residence Hall Staff

Residence Hall Directors (RHDs) are either graduate or full-time live-in professionals who serve as the supervisor of a residence hall community on campus.

Resident Assistants (RAs) are undergraduate students who have been specially selected and trained to work in the residence halls and houses. Typically upper-class students, these staff members serve as resource persons, peer counselors and advisors. Among other duties, RAs help with adjusting and navigating campus life, living with others, and getting involved on campus. If you have any problems or concerns, this is the first person that you should contact in seeking resolution.

Desk Assistants (DAs) are undergraduates hired to provide information and services at most residence hall information desks. Most information desks have DAs on duty from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m., after which a security officer will be present. Contact a DA whenever you need information or immediate assistance.

Work Order Request Portal

Campus Housing partners closely with Facilities Management to provide a safe, clean and comfortable living environment. If you notice any issues or concerns in your residence, please enter a request in the Work Orders tab in the MyHousing portal via MyCharleston. This is the fastest way to get service.

If you experience a maintenance emergency during normal business hours (8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday), immediately call 843.953.5550. After 5 p.m. please contact your front desk or call 843.953.5550.

Room Changes

For many students, college is the first time they have ever had a roommate. Even for those that live in close quarters with someone at home, living with a college roommate is a vastly different experience. It is entirely possible for two roommates to be very different and still have a successful roommate relationship. It is important that expectations for the relationship are realistic and openly communicated. Some students hope to build a close and lasting friendship with their roommate(s), while others are satisfied with a peaceful, courteous co-existence in their room. If a student is having difficulty adjusting to their new living environment or getting along with their roommate, they should contact their Resident Assistant (RA) and together they will work towards a solution. 

It is important to note that all students will fill out a roommate agreement with the assistance of their RA so that expectations regarding the living environment can be clearly communicated.

If the RA feels that the student or students should talk further with a Residence Life staff member, they will be referred to their Residence Hall Director (RHD). If the RHD feels that a room change is in order, they will contact campus housing to begin the room change process with the student. 

Note: room change requests are not accepted until two weeks into the fall or spring semester.

Wi-Fi

MyResNet is the College of Charleston’s residential wireless internet service provided by Apogee. This secure, high-speed Wi-Fi is available for free to students living on campus via two different networks (MyResNet and MyResnet Legacy). These Wi-Fi networks are available only within the College’s residence halls. To find out more, visit our MyResNet page.

 

All students in the Charleston Bridge Program are required to have a meal plan while living on campus their first year. The meal plan selection is made during the housing application process. Students can choose from the following meal plans:

  • All Access Diamond + $300 Dining Dollars
  • All Access + $100 Dining Dollars
  • 12 meals per week + $275 Dining Dollars

For more information regarding the meal plan options and dining services locations, go to charleston.campusdish.com.

For information about changing your meal plan and the deadlines, go to cougarcard.cofc.edu.

Cougar Alert

The College community receives Cougar Alerts, which are used to communicate emergencies taking place on campus, with direct call to actions, such as evacuations, building closures and/or class cancellations. Cougar Alerts are also employed for emergencies or events taking place in the greater Charleston community that might have an effect on our campus community.

Cougar Shuttle

The Cougar Shuttle is available at no charge to our students with a Cougar Card – seven nights a week during the spring and fall semesters, from 11 p.m. until 3 a.m.

Collegiate Recovery Program

The Collegiate Recovery Program at College of Charleston provides a safe and nurturing, student-focused community in which students in recovery from substance and/or addictive disorders can be empowered in furthering their academic, professional and personal potential to become healthy, responsible, productive members of society.

Counseling Center

College is a time of choices and a time of almost overwhelming responsibilities, stresses, joys and frustrations. Staff members at the Counseling Center are here to listen and help you make good choices. They can provide you with the tools you need to thrive in your circumstances. They offer short-term, goal-focused therapies that include individual and group counseling sessions as well as concrete steps to take so that you can move forward.

Victim Services

If someone should be the victim of a crime, certified victim service providers are available to address the non-counseling fallout, attend to ongoing distractions or interruptions that can occur if a court process is involved, and work to resolve any matters of concern related to the crime and its impact on the college experience.