So it's been a few years since any of us at the City Paper have been in college, but if there's one thing we know about 18-to-22-year-olds, it's that they love videos of kittens. And of dancing bananas, ghost riding the whip, and 14-year-olds singing about their favorite day of the week. And who can blame them? We've been pretty guilty of passing around links of the best Antoine Dodson autotuned raps, and we're adults — sort of. No matter what school you're attending, here's everything you'll need to know to get the best college experience Charleston has to offer. When you're not too busy wasting time on YouTube, that is.

Keeping Your Possessions Safe in College
Keeping Your Possessions Safe in College Hide Your Kids, Hide Your Wife

Antoine Dodson would have no problems staying safe in a dormitory. He learned his lesson when someone broke into his house and tried to assault his sister. Now he's a cautious kind of guy. And you should be like him when you move into your dorm room, where you're not only surrounded by strangers, but you're living in the same space as one. Now, we're not saying that you shouldn't trust Kelly, the mass communications major from Boston. Just be careful. — Jessica Maggart

A Guide to Parking at Charleston's Downtown Campuses
A Guide to Parking at Charleston's Downtown Campuses Ghost Ride the Whip

With horse drawn carriages, cobblestone streets, and classic architecture, Charleston is as charming a historical city as America has to offer. But although those narrow streets are quaint, they make parking a terrible pain in the ass. If you're new to these parts, get used to it. With tourists and workday traffic during the week, and bar hoppers and shoppers during the weekend, coming across a parking space can be a near impossibility. Luckily, we've got some tips to make sure you don't miss class, or, more importantly, happy hour, looking for a space. — Lucas Hagerty

A Guide to Charleston's Neighborhoods
A Guide to Charleston's Neighborhoods You're Going to Want to Avoid the Ones With Leprechauns

Leprechauns can be good luck, or, if they're of the horror-movie variety, pretty darn scary. Some neighborhoods in Mobile, Ala., have lived in fear of the little Irish scourge (or in anticipation of finding his gold), and you'd want to know which ones before you move there, right? But you didn't just move there, and the City Paper doesn't really know anything about the neighborhoods of Mobile. We can, however, guide you through the neighborhoods of downtown Charleston. — Susan Cohen

Get Your Sandwich Fix at One of These Local Joints
Get Your Sandwich Fix at One of These Local Joints Peanut Butter Jelly Time

Sandwiches make up 93 percent of a college student's meals. OK, we made that statistic up. But because sammies are cheap, convenient, and, obviously, delicious, they are the perfect meal for lunch or dinner, and they can cover all four food groups. Lucky for us, Charleston has a solid offering of subs, hoagies, and wraps. I would literally punch my sister in the ear for a Publix sub or a hoagie from Jersey Mike's. But there is no Publix downtown, and a large sub Mike's way costs a pretty penny even without a drink. Here are a few local sandwich spots that will provide you with a fix when Peanut Butter Jelly Time rolls around. — Lucas Hagerty

Separating the Froyo From the Fro-No
Separating the Froyo From the Fro-No 2 Girls, 1 Cup ... of Frozen Yogurt

Forget Ben and Jerry's. Forget Cold Stone and Marble Slab. Forget Baskin Robbins. Ice cream is out, and froyo is in. — Jessica Maggart

How to Keep Your Cool in Charleston's Bars
How to Keep Your Cool in Charleston's Bars Don't Be the Las Palmas Baby

If any other establishment gives the Holy City's churches a challenge in patronage, attendance, and loyalty, it's our bars. But from generations-old back-alley watering holes to fancy-pants cocktail joints, it's all too easy to find examples of rude, obnoxious, and downright drunk asshole bar behavior. — Andy Lassiter

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