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(Well, not all of them. We can’t figure out #4 on that ECON final either.)

What is Alight?

It’s an apartment community designed especially with University of South Carolina students in mind, offering spacious 2 and 4 bedroom apartments, a full set of amenities and a dedication to quality — all in a great location and at competitive rates.

Is Alight part of the University of South Carolina?

Alight is a privately owned and professionally managed community. Click here for more information about the management and ownership.

Can I live with friends, or can you match me with roommates?

You can select your roommate(s), or you can apply on your own and we can match you with other students. Applicants answer a short list of lifestyle questions to help in the matching process.

What are per-person contracts?

Instead of requiring all roommates to sign a joint lease, each person at Alight has their own individual contract, with one person per bedroom. This means you are only responsible for paying for yourself — not your roommates. Even if a roommate moves out or other bedrooms in your apartment are empty, you only pay the rate for your bedroom. Click here to see a sample Housing Agreement.

What is included in the rate?

Each resident at Alight pays a flat installment rate that includes:

  • Furniture
  • Flat-panel HDTV mounted in each living room
  • Wireless Internet throughout the community
  • Washer and dryer in each apartment
  • Water/sewer, trash removal
  • Community features — pool, fitness center, etc.
  • Private shuttle bus to the University of South Carolina campus
Are private bathrooms available?

Yes. All two-bedroom apartments at Alight have two bathrooms, each accessed privately from inside the resident’s bedroom. In four-bedroom apartments, two bedrooms share an adjoining, compartmentalized bathroom.

Are the apartments furnished?

Yes. Each apartment includes a complete set of furniture, including full-size beds, desks and chairs, dressers, fabric couch and side chairs, coffee table and dining set — plus a wall-mounted HDTV comes in every apartment. Please visit our model apartments to see furniture samples.

When do the contracts start and end?

The standard term is August 15, 2022 to July 26, 2023, with payments made in 12 equal installments. Limited alternate dates may be available; please inquire with our staff. Click here to see a sample Housing Agreement.

Is a co-signer or financial guaranty required?

After a Housing Agreement is signed, each resident is required to secure their financial obligation in one of two ways: by providing a qualifying guarantor (often a parent) or by purchasing a third-party guaranty from our partner, Leap. In limited cases, we may also waive the requirement for a financial guaranty if a resident has sufficient income of their own.

Can I pay by credit card?

Yes. Residents can pay online 24 hours per day, by credit card or ACH electronic checking. Alight also offers automatic payment by either credit card or checking account — just fill out one page, one time and payments will be made automatically. Convenience fees apply for credit card and debit card payments.

Will my financial aid cover charges at Alight?

Your living costs at Alight can be covered by financial aid, just like on-campus housing. Any available financial aid funds, after university charges are satisfied, are released to the student for non-institutional expenses, such as off-campus housing. These funds can be used to pay charges at Alight. Normal payment deadlines will continue to apply.

Is Alight open to non-students?

Most of the residents at Alight are students at USC, with others from Benedict College, Allen University, Columbia College and Midlands Tech. The per-person contracts are also designed with students in mind; nonetheless, Alight is an Equal Opportunity housing provider and welcomes applications from non-students. Family members are welcome as well, subject to occupancy limits. Because of the need to match student roommates, non-students must apply together with enough roommates to fill the desired apartment.

What kind of safety and security are provided?

Management staff are on-site and can be reached by a 24-hour phone number.

What are the policies on pets, smoking and guests?

Alight is pet-friendly in select apartments, subject to limits on animals and breeds. Alight is a smoke-free community in all indoor and adjacent areas, as well as the clubhouse and pool area. Guests are welcome at all times, subject to the consent of roommates and security considerations. Overnight guests are welcome, with limits on the number of days and guests.

Can I park my vehicle at Alight?

Alight offers free surface parking for all residents. Limited guest parking is also available at no charge.

What other transportation options will I have?

Alight provides a free private shuttle bus to the University of South Carolina campus, picking up at the Horseshoe. The trip from Alight to campus is just 7 minutes. Residents can also bike the 1¼ mile — just cross the Congaree on Knox Abbott and continue straight up Blossom Street into campus. Driving to Benedict College, Allen University or Columbia College is easy too.

Can I see a model apartment?

Yes. Please request an appointment for a personal tour, or just stop by to see us and we’ll be happy to show you the community.

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Apply now to secure your preferred placement, and we'll waive the deposit and application fee.

New applicants only; limit one resident per bedroom. Housing Agreement must be fully signed while this limited-time promotion is in effect. The first regular rent installment and annual administrative fee are due August 1, 2022. Approved guarantor third-party guaranty policy required. All agreements are subject to management approval under regular application policies. Special offers, including discounted rates, may not be combined.

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