Living in Charleston

Folly Beach in Charleston, South Carolina Charleston City Market Charleston Pineapple Downtown

Charleston is a great place to live!

  • Average daily high temperature of 74°F, average daily low of 59°F
  • Many superb restaurants
  • Recognized as the “best-mannered” city in the country since 1995
  • Fun and accessible minor league baseball and hockey teams (the Charleston Riverdogs and Stingrays)
  • Great music venues and festivals
  • Spoleto Festival – America’s premier arts festival
  • Recognized as one of the best cities for young professionals in America!
  • Beaches <20 min from campus!

South Carolina Aquarium Gaillard Center Shem Creek Waterfront District

Other fun things

  • South Carolina Aquarium – one of the best in the country
  • The Battery – picturesque walkway along the southern edge of the downtown peninsula
  • Shem Creek – bars and restaurants with a view of the intercoastal waterway and an occasional dolphin
  • Shopping on King Street – a variety of boutiques and shops
  • Beaches – Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, and Kiawah Island
  • Entertainment venues: Gaillard Center, Charleston Music Hall – enjoy world class performances
  • History – Charleston was founded in 1670 and has a rich historic background to explore
Taco Boy Restaurant RiverDogs Game in Charleston, South Carolina  Hanks Seafood Restaurant


Some favorite downtown restaurants

  • Indaco on King—Superb Italian food. Fit for the Foodie!
  • Husk on Queen St—lots of bacon (think Bill Murray)
  • Obstinate Daughter on Sullivan’s Island—Sunday brunch is a must. 
  • Poe’s on Sullivan’s—named after our former resident author; known for their burgers
  • Taco Boy downtown or Folly Road
  • Monza on Upper King—awesome pizza
  • Pearlz on East Bay – casual oyster bar
  • Hanks on Hayne Street – fantastic local seafood
  • Rue de Jean on John Street- French brasserie and great for drinks
  • FIG-farm to table at its best
  • Barsa on King – Did anyone say tapas?
  • Sorelle – Modern spin on Italian dishes, made with Lowcountry ingredients

Sorelle Restaurant Ravenel Bridge Pearlz Oyster Bar Fig Restaurant