Simply College Visits: College of Charleston

For our second installment of Simply College Visit Guides, we’re focusing on the College of Charleston.  Upon arriving on campus, you can quickly see why CofC was named America’s Most Beautiful Campus by Travel & Leisure in 2017. However, there is so much more than a pretty campus to explore.  Here are Lindsay’s personal recommendations on where to eat, stay, & play in Charleston, South Carolina.


  • Second State Coffee (70.5 Beaufain St, Charleston, SC 29401): Less than a 10-minute walk from CofC, Second State is the perfect place to start off your day. Try their flavored lattes - the lavender and honey lattes are especially delicious.

  • Husk (76 Queen St, Charleston, SC 29401): By using local & seasonal ingredients, Husk continually delivers a fresh and amazing meal. It’s a great way to immerse yourself in the culinary culture of Charleston.  Reservations are recommended.

  • Rodney Scott’s Whole Hog BBQ (1011 King St, Charleston, SC 29403): It’s definitely worth the trip for this Lowcountry-style BBQ from the 2018 James Beard Best Chef: Southeast winner.


  • Meeting Street Inn (173 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401): Not only is this charming inn less than half a mile from CofC, but it’s also said to be haunted! If you’re in the mood to see a ghost ask to stay in Rooms 303 or 107.  

  • Hyatt Place Historic District (560 King St, Charleston, SC 29403): Located on iconic King Street, you’re not only close to CofC but steps away from amazing shops & restaurants.  

  • AirB&B: If you really want to see how a local lives in Charleston, stay at an AirB&B.  There are tons of quaint & affordable options to choose from throughout the city.


  • Beaches: While the city of Charleston is tons of fun, don’t forget that there are multiple beaches about 30 minutes away. Explore Folly Beach, Sullivan’s Island, & Isle of Palms.  Each has a slightly different vibe, which gives you an excuse to visit all three!

  • Culinary Tours: Looking for a reason to eat more? Sign up for one of the many culinary tours Charleston has to offer.  As you walk through the city sampling traditional local dishes, your tour guide will also provide you with a great history lesson.

  • The Battery: Finish out your visit by walking through this historic harbor. The Battery offers beautiful views, gardens, and Civil War-era monuments.