The third largest city in South Carolina, North Charleston is best known as a commuter’s suburb for its namesake city, Charleston. Charleston has consistently been ranked among the top cities in the country in recent years, across a number of metrics by a number of sites and sources. North Charleston is only a few miles away, easily accessible via I-26, the city’s main thoroughfare. Although its Navy Shipyard closed in the 90s, it’s maintained a strong military contingency with the Naval Weapons Station and Charleston Joint Army Base nearby. Several museums commemorate the area’s military past and present, including the H.L. Hunley Museum and the Greater Charleston Naval Memorial at Riverfront Park. Two universities also keep the area feeling young—Charelston Southern University and Trident Technical College. North Charleston is home to three entertainment centers: The Performing Arts Center, the North Charleston Coliseum, and the Charleston Area Convention Center. North Charleston’s Park Circle Film Society holds an annual independent film festival, and the South Carolina Stingrays Ice Hockey Team call the suburban city home.
Students of area universities should have no trouble finding ample housing options, as many from The Citadel and College of Charleston also look for affordable housing options in North Charleston.
Much of the city’s business center is located along Rivers Avenue and I-26. Trident’s main campus sits directly along Rivers Avenue just south of Ashley Phosphate, one of the busiest business districts in the area. Housing in the Ashely Phosphate is popular for its close proximity to the highway for commuters, so expect to find a mix of students, young professionals, and families living in most area neighborhoods. It also boasts a Walmart and a Target, as well as multiple fast food dining options.
The Northwoods Mall and the North Rivers Marketplace neighborhood offers a number of housing options that are within biking distance of all major amenities. Straddled by I-26 and Rivers Avenue, it’s a perfect spot for commuting in any direction.
University Boulevard runs next to Charleston Southern University and is dotted with apartment complexes for area students. Separated from I-26 by the green space of the university, and from the hustle and bustle of Rivers Avenue by Wannamaker County Park, this is a great area for students who want a little distance from North Charleston’s industrial center.