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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.

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 community amenities in the city for your student’s enjoyment. Featuring a 4,000-square-foot Clubhouse with two fitness center, 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 are wired for security system installation (monitoring not included)
  • Saflok® security key system

High-Quality Construction

Our 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.

Convenient Location

Boasting a convenient property location 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.

Pet-Friendly Community

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.

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.

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