USC Law’s city of Columbia receives national recognition

Thrillist calls Columbia a “city on the rise.”

When students choose to attend the University of South Carolina School of Law, they choose to become a part of the university and city of Columbia family. As opportunities grow in the downtown area, Columbia gains more national attention as a “city on the rise.”

The move to 1525 Senate St., allows the School of Law to anchor into the true legal corridor of South Carolina. On one end of Gervias Street, future lawyers are learning, while alumni at South Carolina’s Court of Appeals, Supreme Court and State House are hard at work, just blocks away. But it’s more than just legal opportunity that makes Columbia a perfect starting point in any legal career.

Columbia was recently named one of the top 10 most affordable cities in the world for student housing by’s 2017 Global Student Accommodation Indicator. Students in Columbia, on average, pay $121 per week on rent, compared to the most expensive city, New York City, at $431 per week.

Students who come to Columbia for school find more than just inexpensive housing. Columbia also made Thrillist’s list of 8 American Cities You Should Visit Before They’re Too Popular. The growth of locally-owned business, farm-to-table restaurants and beautifully rehabbed historic venues makes it a perfect place for students to put down roots. With the addition of minor-league baseball and young professional-targeted events, Columbia is garnering attention from around the country.

It’s a movement proving that Columbia is not just a place to earn a law degree, but to build a legal future.