COVID-19 Testing Requirement

What if I am remaining on campus throughout the holidays?

  • Residents who have been approved to remain on campus until the start of the spring semester should plan to take a COVID Test at the SC DHEC COVID Testing site at the Convocation Center on Monday, 4th January 2021 or Wednesday, 6th January 2021 to ensure that you have the test results back before the first day of classes, which is Monday, 11th January 2021.
  • The hours of testing are 1:00 pm to 6:30 pm, Wednesday through Monday.
  • Please know that the testing site is closed on Tuesdays.

What if a COVID-19 test is not able to be done before returning to campus?

  • Please be aware that should you be unable to complete your COVID-19 test before returning to campus, there will be an option on-campus to be tested when you return. 
  • If residents are not able to get a test prior to returning to campus, they will be able to be tested at the UofSC Aiken Convocation Center from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm on both Saturday and Sunday, 9th and 10th January 2021; there will be no fee for the test, though residents will need to provide their UofSC Aiken Student ID.
  • Residents will be required to go to the Convocation Center prior to returning into their dorm room to get tested. Testing documentation will be provided to you and you will be required to show this to University Housing staff, and then maintain a self-quarantine in your dorm room until results are obtained. 
  • Self-quarantine protocols will be provided to those residents at the time of move in.

What if a positive test result comes back?

  • Residents testing positive prior to returning to campus will not be allowed to move into housing until after the minimum 10 day isolation period off campus. 
  • Once the student shows no signs of COVID-19 symptoms, including no fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications, the student will be provided a new date and time to move into University Housing. 
  • Students who test positive must notify University Housing at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the UofSC Aiken COVID Coordinators at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., that they will need to check in at a later date and time. 
  • University Housing will coordinate a new date and time to check in and will provide this information to the student via email. Any student who has tested positive should contact his or her advisor and professors to make arrangements to learn remotely through their quarantine or isolation periods. 

Additional Information on Where to Find COVID-19 Testing

  • SC DHEC test sites may be accessed on the SC DHEC website, or check with your home state or community’s health department.

Learn more about COVID-19 Housing Mitigation Protocols


Housing Contracts

All housing contracts are for the full academic year, this includes both fall and spring semesters. Please read the terms of the contract prior to submitting your application. Should you desire to cancel your housing contract, please complete the Housing Contract Release Form.

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Spring Semester Check-out Procedures for Residents Not Returning in the Summer

The following instructions are for those residents who are not remaining University Housing for Maymester or Summer Session I, including those residents who are graduating.  

  1. Please complete an Express Check Out Form online. This may be completed prior to your move out of University Housing. FAQs are posted there as well on how to check out. Failure to follow the check out process will result in a minimum improper check out fee of $50.00.
  2. Move out all of your belongings from your room or apartment. Set up a time to check out with your RM, and then return your mailbox and apartment keys to the front desk of your community or building.  Failure to return your keys may result in a $105.00 fine. 
  3. An inspection of your room will be completed after your departure, and any fees or fines that may have been incurred will be posted to your student accounts.

Security Deposit Refunds

Security Deposit Refunds are processed by USC Aiken and then forwarded to USC Columbia for checks to be issued. Please make sure you update your mailing address in Self-Service Carolina (SSC) so that your deposit refund check gets mailed to the correct address. This process takes 6-8 weeks. 

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