Office of Enrollment Management

Save on Housing

5 Tips to Reduce Costs

Housing is a major expense for students. Here are five tips to cut costs:

1. Get a roommate(s).

Share rent and utilities. 

2. Live off the Charleston peninsula.

Areas like West Ashley, James Island, North Charleston, and Mt. Pleasant offer lower rents. MUSC students ride CARTA express for free.

3. Consider rotation schedules.

Plan ahead for rotations. Check with clinical placement staff for housing options, like SC Area Health Education Consortium for rural areas or short-term rentals through AirBnB or VRBO. 

4. Get creative.

Rent a room in someone's home or rent out your extra bedroom to another student. 

5. Live like a student.

Make budget-friendly choices now to save on student loans later. Saving $300 per month can significantly reduce student loan debt.

Reducing Costs by $300/Month

Total Saved

 1 year $3,600
 2 years $7,200
 3 years $10,800
4 years $14,400

Cutting rent is a quick way to save big.