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Your Student's Home Away From Home

The Retreat is Columbia’s only student housing community offering Craftsman-style cottages with modern features and unsurpassed amenities that far exceed those of typical apartment complexes. The Retreat provides a true neighborhood atmosphere with expansive greenspace, offering residents more privacy and more opportunity for a well-rounded lifestyle. Come see for yourself why The Retreat is the very best in off campus student housing near UofSC.

"We were thrilled with our daughter’s choice of The Retreat. It’s so convenient to campus, yet has a ton of activities on-site so she doesn’t have to leave in order to study or spend time with friends. We are also pleased with the responsiveness from the on-site management team" — Chris Cole

"Living at The Retreat has made our son’s college experience more enjoyable, and has provided him a safe environment in which to study and live with friends and other students." — David W. Long

"Our experience with Landmark Properties has been better than expected, and we feel good knowing that our daughter is in convenient, comfortable and secure surroundings." — Mr. & Mrs. Ike Cobb

Student-Focused Environment

Built with the needs of college students in mind, The Retreat offers a range of features and amenities that help promote both academics and socialization. The Retreat also offers private cottages with no shared walls so neighbors are less likely to disturb one another. The Clubhouse makes studying convenient with a fully-equipped computer lab and group study rooms. And with high-speed wireless Internet throughout the community, accessing the Internet couldn’t be easier. The Clubhouse, along with the large greenspaces throughout the community, also serves for both management-planned and spontaneous events that provide the opportunity to socialize without ever having to leave the community.

Unparalleled Amenities

In addition to the academic features, The Retreat offers the best amenities in the city for your student’s enjoyment. Featuring a 4,000-square-foot Clubhouse with two fitness centers, a clubroom with multiple plasma screen televisions, and gaming tables; a resort-style pool; and plenty of manicured greenspace — your student will never run out of on-site entertainment options!

Safety Features

The Retreat employs the following features for the added safety of your student:

  • Controlled community access, privacy fences and security cameras
  • All cottages wired for security system installation (monitoring not included)
  • Saflok® security key system for added access control

Individual Housing Contracts

The Retreat offers individual housing contracts, which means added peace of mind knowing that your student and you are only responsible for their housing contract.


The Retreat is a pet-friendly community, with ample greenspaces, pet stations and cottage designs that ensure those without pets won’t be disturbed. We’re sure your student’s pet will love living at The Retreat just as much as your student does.

High-Quality Construction

The Retreat cottages are built with your student’s lifestyle in mind, offering private bedroom and bath suites, spacious closets, full-sized appliances and washers and dryers. Cottages are also built with brick and Hardiplank® exteriors to ensure your student will live comfortably. Plus, our superior insulation provides both privacy and energy conservation, keeping the bills and the noise under control.

Range Of Prices & Floorplans

Depending on living arrangement needs and budget, The Retreat offers seven different floorplans for 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-bedroom homes.

Saflok® Systems

Every residence at The Retreat is outfitted with the Saflok® System to ensure ultimate privacy and security. This system prevents key duplication, provides a record log of its use and allows any maintenance keys to work only during designated times.

Conveniently located at the southeast corner of the intersection of Bluff and Blair Road, and an ideal location near the University of South Carolina campus, The Retreat is a perfect home base for an active, on-the-go student lifestyle. And with Williams-Brice Stadium within walking distance, everyone will want to get together at The Retreat for game day festivities!

Roommate Matching Via RoomSync

Are you looking for more control over how you are matched with roommates? Through the RoomSync app, residents are empowered to choose roommates and build a sense of community using lifestyle habits such as cleanliness levels, studying habits, sleep cycles, and more. RoomSync offers an experience that supports a diverse and inclusive matching community through gender-inclusive tools. Furthermore, the app recognizes the importance of living criteria like service and emotional support animals and factors this into the matching process.