Enough college survival tips to block out the sun 

Apoc-eclipse Now

Ahh, the first few weeks of college. We remember them fondly. What we don't remember, though, is a sign of the end times happening on the same day as our convocation. Congrats, class of 2021. Ok, so maybe the total solar eclipse happening a few hours after your convocation is not the beginning of the 2017 apocalypse (we thought covfefe would set it off, to be honest). But the start of college is a big deal and so we've gathered all the eclipse info and survival tips to get you through. Our trusty, college-age interns have also compiled a comprehensive Charleston guide: from coffee spots with wi-fi to music venues that let you in with your regular ID (no fakes required!) to late night eats. Grab your glasses, a guide, and a buddy, and good luck out there, students.

A guide to Charleston neighborhoods
A guide to Charleston neighborhoods Map It Out

Survival guide for scoping out where to live and play in Charleston. — Sarah Reynolds


Where to get caffeinated in Charleston
Where to get caffeinated in Charleston Brew-Thru

It's your first week of classes, and you already have a ton of work. The sun is shining — and we mean, really shining — and sweat is pouring off your body any time you step out into the humid air. You need A/C. You need wi-fi. You need a place to do work. But most importantly, you need caffeine. Luckily, the peninsula has a plethora of places to get your fix, serving anything from covfefe to cold brew in a variety of atmospheres. — Jakob Lazzaro


Actually cool Charleston historical landmarks
Actually cool Charleston historical landmarks Charlestowne tales

Courthouse — originally the state capitol building (state), city hall (city), and St. Michael's Episcopal Church (religious). If you head west on Broad you'll pass the John Rutledge House Hotel, with its funky black and white checkered sidewalk, before coming across the ornate brownstone Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. — Jakob Lazzaro


Where to workout on the cheap
Where to workout on the cheap #Fitspo

A big part of any college student's life is staying healthy. Whether you want to get "swole" or just counteract all that dining hall cereal you've been eating (for every meal), it's important to have options for working out so it doesn't get boring or expensive. There are plenty of places, inside and out, where you can get your sweat on downtown and still save a buck. — Kristen Kornbluth


Best places to study off campus
Best places to study off campus Out of the Stacks

A certain sense of fear starts to creep in about three weeks before finals, and suddenly, all 12,000 CofC students hit the books hard. It's great to see everyone being good students, really, but ... there's nowhere to sit and study. — Kristen Kornbluth


A guide to Charleston's healthy eats
A guide to Charleston's healthy eats Get Your Greens

Eating healthy in one of the South's biggest food cities is hard enough without the veritable bear trap that is a mid-class-day stroll down King Street. — Sarah Reynolds


Here's where to eat late night
Here's where to eat late night Munchies by Moonlight

Late night eating might as well be considered a form of competitive eating in college, but when you live in a city with such culinary prowess, it's elevated to a whole other level. With so many late night options, it can be tempting to grab a box of Cheez-Its and some Gatorade and call it a night. Don't let snack paralysis get the best of you — check out these popular spots. — Sarah Reynolds


Downtown Charleston dates on the cheap
Downtown Charleston dates on the cheap Break the ice, not the bank

Generally known as an expensive city, Charleston does have a lot of affordable gems if you're digging for them. If you just got here as a new freshman, it can be pretty overwhelming to figure out date logistics on that college student budget. — Kristen Kornbluth


The newcomer's guide to great  pizza in Charleston
The newcomer's guide to great pizza in Charleston Pie in the sky

Pizzas may be round like the sun, but the moon can never block our love for these glorious cheese pies. They're also an essential part of the college student experience. — Jakob Lazzaro


How to grocery shop without a car
How to grocery shop without a car Adulting 101

In your first few days living in downtown Charleston, you might wonder what all the fuss is about having a car. You didn't really need one, after all; what could possibly be happening in Mt. Pleasant that's cooler than downtown? — Sarah Reynolds


Where to buy clothes on the cheap
Where to buy clothes on the cheap Look fly on a budget

It's sometimes intimidating how fashionable Charlestonians are, even during the end of times. To make matters worse, it's not easy to keep up with trends or buy duds from high-fashion stores when you're on a college student budget. Luckily, there are several places in the Charleston area that offer solid options for upping your wardrobe without spending all of your leftover graduation money. — Kristen Kornbluth


Things to consider before buying a bike
Things to consider before buying a bike Hot wheels

Like many things, the phrase "Charleston is bikeable!" depends on your frame of reference. — Jakob Lazzaro


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