Welcome/Housing Options

Welcome to the University of South Carolina Upstate! We are excited that you have chosen Upstate for your education. On behalf of the Housing and Residential Life staff, I am thrilled to welcome you to campus housing. It is our privilege to play a role in your life over the next four years. We hope that you’ll soon find your place on campus and come to view the Upstate community as your family.

Living on campus places you at the center of it all. You have easy access to campus resources, your professors, classes, sporting events, and great campus activities. Within your hall or apartment building, you have the ability to connect with your peers and meet others from varying walks of life. Very likely, some of the people you connect with in campus housing will be the same people you still consider friends years from now. Living on campus also allows you to live where you learn. The Tree Houses have multiple study rooms. You can make an appointment for tutoring or use one of the rooms to meet with a study group. In addition, the Resident Advisor staff provides several academic success related programs each semester. 

The Housing and Residential Life staff is here to help you. We know this is a very exciting and scary time in your life. Your Resident Adviser is one of your best resources on campus. Your RA has an understanding of what you may be feeling or handling as you make your transition. I would also encourage you to meet the Assistant Director in your community. Our Assistant Directors are Master’s level professional staff who care deeply about their students and are here to help you succeed.

I would encourage you to make efforts to get involved on campus. We truly have something for everyone. For residential students, the Leadership and Service Learning Community provides a unique and exciting way for you to get involved on campus while impacting social change. The Campus Life Center can also help you find student organizations that match your interests and passions.

As you adjust to life on campus, if you need help, have questions, or simply need someone to listen, do not hesitate to contact Housing and Residential Life. You can reach us at 864-503-5422 or via email at hrl@uscupstate.edu.

Have a great year!
Mandy Whitten, M.Ed.
Director of Housing and Residential Life 

Magnolia House

Magnolia House

Magnolia House is a housing facility exclusively for freshmen students. This 105,000 square foot, suite-style complex can house up to 352 students in its 87 suites, which include single or double rooms and handicap-accessible units. 

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Housing Class
USC Upstate freshmen, co-educational

Style
Suite-style complex 
limited single and double rooms available

Handicap-Accessible Units
Available

Meal Plan
Magnolia House residents are required to purchase the ultimate meal plan. Check with Dining Services for meal plan information and dining services restaurants.

Suite Amenities
Each suite in the Magnolia House is equipped with the following:

  • Each resident is also provided with a bed, a desk, two chests of drawers and an armoire
  • Extra long twin mattresses
  • Bathroom, shower area (shower and toilet are in separate rooms) 
  • Double vanities 
  • Common living area with furniture
  • Microfridge (microwave and refrigerator combination)
  • Basic electricity
  • Water service
  • On-site garbage containers, including recycling bins
  • Cable, WiFi and laundry provided by HRL
  • Stain and scratch-resistant furniture
  • Key card access to rooms, halls, and building

Special Features

  • Study rooms for in-house tutoring and individual studying
  • Free laundry facilities, including LaundryAlert, which allows a resident to determine the status of his/her laundry from his/her computer and Laundry Text, which allows residents to receive a text message when his/her laundry is done
  • Well-illuminated parking lots
  • Parking lot security cameras
  • Emergency phones
  • Green space

Safety Measures
Magnolia House offers the latest housing safety features available, including:

  • 24-hour desk staff
  • Controlled access
  • Full sprinkler system
  • Four levels of electronic locks to access bedrooms
  • 32 monitored digital cameras inside and outside
  • Emergency phones
  • Well-illuminated parking lots
Palmetto House

Palmetto House

This 105,000 square foot suite-style complex can house up to 346 students in its 87 suites, including single or double rooms and handicap-accessible units.

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Housing Class
USC Upstate upperclassmen, co-educational

Style
Suite-style complex 
Limited single and double rooms available

Handicap-Accessible Units
Available

Meal Plan
Palmetto House residents are required to purchase the ultimate meal plan. Check with Dining Services for meal plan information and dining services restaurants.

Suite Amenities
Each suite in the Palmetto House is equipped with the following:

  • Each resident is provided with a bed, a desk, two chests of drawers and an armoire
  • Extra long twin mattresses
  • Bathroom, shower area (shower and toilet are in separate rooms)
  • Double vanities  
  • Common living area with furniture
  • Micro fridge (microwave and refrigerator combination)
  • Basic electricity
  • Water service
  • On-site garbage container, including recycling bins
  • Cable, WiFi and Laundry provided by HRL
  • Stain and scratch-resistant furniture
  • Key card access to rooms, halls and building

Special Features

  • Computer lab with 20 computers and a printer/copier
  • Study rooms for in-house tutoring and individual studying
  • Flat screen televisions in lobbies and Sparty's Game Room
  • Free laundry facilities, including LaundryAlert, which allows a resident to determine the status of his/her laundry from his/her computer and Laundry Text, which allows residents to receive a text message when his/her laundry is done
  • On-site postal facility
  • Well-illuminated parking lots
  • Parking lot security cameras
  • Emergency phones
  • Green space

Safety Measures
Palmetto House offers the latest housing safety features available, including:

  • 24-hour staffed front desks
  • Controlled access
  • Full sprinkler system
  • Four levels of electronic locks to access bedrooms
  • Sixteen monitored digital cameras inside and outside
  • Well-illuminated parking lots
  • Emergency phones
The Villas

The Villas offer more traditional-style apartments for upperclassmen. Each apartment has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, expanded cable outlets in each bedroom and living room, a full kitchen (full-size refrigerator, stove and microwave), sofa, loveseat, wi-fi and all utilities. They also serve as living space for summer housing. 

The Villas Floor Plan

 

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Housing Class
The Villas are for USC Upstate upperclassmen only, co-educational.

Style
The Villas are offer apartment-style housing with a kitchen. Limited single and double rooms are available.

Handicap-Accessible Units
Available

Meal Plan
Residents of the Villas are required to purchase a meal plan. Villas Residents may choose between the Freedom Plan and the Villa Plan. Please visit Dining Services for more information.

Amenities
Each apartment in The Villas is equipped with the following:

  • Major kitchen appliances including a full-size refrigerator, microwave and oven
  • Two bedrooms with two full bathrooms
  • Extra long twin mattresses
  • Sofa and chair for the living room
  • Basic electricity
  • Water service
  • On-site garbage containers 
  • Laundry facilities in the landing and ability to check status of laundry online using LaundryAlert
  • Expanded cable
  • Access to the University's Wi-Fi
  • Shared recreational facilities, including sand volleyball and basketball courts

Safety Measures

  • Each apartment is equipped with smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.
  • University Police provides security on a 24-hour basis.
  • A full-time housing professional lives on site.
  • Each unit also has live-in resident advisors, usually upperclassmen, to assist residents with all facets of college life.