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Frequently Asked Questions

Will I have my own bedroom? Do we roommate match? Find answers to your most pressing questions right here on our FAQ page!

College Town on the River Leasing Office
  • HOW CAN I SEE AN AVAILABLE APARTMENT AT COLLEGE TOWN ON THE RIVER ?
    You can start a chat or submit a contact form on our website. Or you can contact us at UofSC@collegetowncommunities.com or (803) 939-9209.
  • DO I NEED TO ALREADY HAVE ROOMMATES OR CAN A ROOMMATE BE PROVIDED?
    Any student will be accommodated at College Town on the River. If you already have other students that you know you would like to live with, you will be placed with them, within the same apartment. If you are looking by yourself, you will be put on our “Roommate Needed List” and matched with other single tenants of the same gender using our Roommate Matching System. The roommate matching questionnaire is part of your initial application that you fill out prior to signing a lease to live at College Town on the River. We use your answers to this questionnaire and compare them with other residents’ answers and match everyone accordingly.
  • ARE THESE UNITS FURNISHED?
    Yes, all units are completely furnished. Furnishings include: Leather couches, Coffee table, Kitchen table with 4 bistro style chairs, Full sized bed with hypoallergenic mattress, Desk with locking drawer, Desk chair, 5 Drawer dresser, Full Sized Closet, and a TV in every livingroom. Contact leasing office for questions about furnishings.
  • WHAT APPLIANCES ARE INCLUDED?
    All kitchens are supplied with a Full Sized Refrigerator, a Range/Stove, Ventilation Hood, Microwave, Dishwasher, and Garbage disposal.
  • ARE UTILITIES INCLUDED IN THE RENTAL AMOUNT?
    Please Contact the leasing office for details.
  • WHAT IS INCLUDED IN MY RENT PAYMENT?
    Please Contact our Leasing Office for details.
  • IS THERE A SECURITY DEPOSIT?
    Please contact our leasing office for details.
  • WHEN DO I PAY RENT?
    Rent is to be paid by the 1st of every month of your contract. Arrangements can be made to pay a full semester in advance or a full year in advance if that is desired by the tenant. You can even submit a rent payment through your Resident Portal.
  • HOW DO I PAY RENT?
    Rent payments can be made by check, money order, wire transfer, credit or debit cards (No cash will be accepted) in the Leasing Office or online through your Resident Portal account. Most debit cards have a daily limit for charges, so check with your bank to be sure you have the ability to make large payments before attempting payment. Convenience fees will apply to any online payment and vary depending on your payment method. Checks are the cheapest way to pay!
  • IS PARKING AVAILABLE ON SITE?
    Onsite parking is available for tenants at no additional charge. Every tenant must obtain a Parking Permit Sticker from the Leasing Office in order to be permitted to park in the onsite parking lot. Any vehicle parked in the College Town on the River parking lot without a parking sticker will be given a one-time warning or towed upon discovery, depending on the circumstance. These actions are taken to preserve safe and well-lit parking for our residents who are paying for this amenity. Reserved covered parking spaces are available for $20/month. Contacts leasing office for details.
  • WHO IS ALLOWED TO LIVE AT THESE FACILITIES?
    We are a student housing facility located in Columbia, SC. Because of our close proximity to University of South Carolina (we even have a COMET stop right outside), many of our residents are UofSC students. But we do also have residents who attend neighboring universities. Contact our leasing office to see if College Town on the River is within a reasonable commute to your college or university!
  • CAN GUESTS/ VISITORS STAY OVERNIGHT?
    Any tenant is allowed to have a guest visit or spend the night at any time without the need to register or sign them in. However, a guest is not allowed to stay for more the 3 days at a time. Roommate consideration must be taken into account with all visitors. Guests must be accompanied by the tenant whom they are visiting at all times when inside the apartment.
  • WHAT SAFETY MEASURES ARE TAKEN BY MANAGEMENT?
    We are a gated community that has 24/monitored access. We also offer 24/7 emergency maintenance, and all of our units are securely maintained by a key fob system. Contact our leasing office for details.
  • WILL I HAVE A PRIVATE BEDROOM?
    Yes, all tenants have their own private bedroom.
  • WILL I HAVE A PRIVATE BATHROOM?
    Yes, all tenants have their own private bathroom.
  • HOW ARE THE UNITS RENTED?
    Each resident will have their own lease per bedroom.
  • HOW FAR FROM CAMPUS IS COLLEGE TOWN ON THE RIVER?
    College Town on the River is less than five minutes away from University of South Carolina Main Campus. While its easy to drive to, we also have a shuttle to campus.
  • ARE PETS ALLOWED?
    College Town on the River is a pet friendly property. Please contact our leasing office for details.
  • ARE THERE LAUNDRY FACILITIES?
    College Town one the River has a washer and dryer available in every unit.
  • WHEN WOULD I MOVE IN?
    Leases for the 2024-25 school year will begin on August 16, 2024.
  • HOW LONG IS A LEASE TERM?
    We have 12 and 10 month leases for the 2024-2025 school year. Twelve month leases start on august 16th, 2023 and end on July, 28th, 2025.10-Month lease end dates will be posted soon.
  • DO YOU PERFORM BACKGROUND OR CREDIT CHECKS DURING THE APPLICATION PROCESS?
    Background checks are performed on every student who wants to live at College Town on the River. A credit check is performed separately on the guarantor for each College Town tenant.
  • IS THERE AN APPLICATION FEE?
    No, there is no fee to apply to live at College Town on the River. There is, however, a $199 Administrative/Facilities Fee once you have decided to complete a lease to live at College Town on the River. The Administrative/Facilities Fee is a nonrefundable annual fee due at lease signing for all applicants and renewals. The fee covers the online application process, renewal lease generation, resident and guarantor screening, on-site security, annual lock programming, 24-7 access to the online Resident Portal, security camera and entrance gate monitoring and maintenance, after-hour call center services, and maintenance of all amenity spaces.
  • WHO PAYS AN ADMINISTRATIVE/FACILITIES FEE, AND WHAT DOES IT COVER?"
    The Administrative/Facilities Fee is a nonrefundable annual fee due at lease signing for all applicants and renewals. The fee covers the online application process, renewal lease generation, resident and guarantor screening, on-site security, annual lock programming, 24-7 access to the online Resident Portal, security camera and entrance gate monitoring and maintenance, after-hour call center services, and maintenance of all amenity spaces.
  • IS ALCOHOL PERMITTED IN MY UNIT?
    Assuming you are of the legal age, you may consume alcohol in your apartment. No alcohol is permitted in the outdoor areas and we ask you to respect all community guidelines.
  • MAY I PAINT THE WALLS IN MY UNIT?
    No. The apartments are already painted. You may decorate your apartments with posters, tapestries, Christmas lights, etc. Please use thumb tacks or nails when hanging things on the walls. Do not use Tape, Glue, Gummy poster hangers, 3M double sided sticky pads, etc. Do not use wall decals, as they will delaminate the face of the drywall. Any unnecessary damage to the apartment walls could lead to you having to pay for repairs.
  • DO I NEED TO BRING MY OWN BEDDING OR WINDOW TREATMENTS?
    College Town on the River provides a full size bed frame and full size mattress. You will need to bring a mattress pad, sheets, blankets, comforters, pillows and bed spread. Every unit will include mini blinds on each window and you may add window treatments if you desire, but the blinds must stay in place.
  • ARE YOUR FACILITIES DIRECTLY AFFILIATED WITH UOFSC?
    This property is primarily rented to University of South Carolina students. We work closely with the University of South Carolina but are a privately owned company.
  • CAN GRANTS, SCHOLARSHIPS, STUDENT LOANS, OR FINANCIAL AID BE APPLIED TOWARDS RENT?"
    Yes. You may use financial aid proceeds or any other 3rd party payment process to pay for your Rent at any of our facilities. Typically financial aid proceeds are dispersed directly to the student who in turn can then use those proceeds to pay for housing. If a rental payment is due and the tenant has not received their source of aid yet, proper documentation of this delay in aid must be presented to management in order to avoid any late fees to your account. A rental installment will still be due if financial aid is late.
  • WHO DO I MAKE MY RENT OR SECURITY DEPOSIT CHECK PAYABLE TO?
    Make checks payable to College Town on the River.
  • CAN I MOVE-IN EARLIER THAN MY LEASE START DATE IN AUGUST?
    Early move-ins are subject to current availability and management approval. If you wish to move-in earlier than the lease start date of your signed lease agreement, please contact our leasing office.
  • DO YOU HAVE A MAINTENANCE STAFF?
    Yes, we have maintenance available during office hours, as well as 24-hour emergency maintenance service.
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