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Charleston, SC, located roughly at the midpoint of the South Carolina coastline, is a city known for its hospitality. It's easily accessible with mild winter weather and an average high in January is 59°F. (Not to mention a near-zero risk of being snowed out of the airport.)

Getting there

The city is easily reached by plane through the Charleston International Airport, or by car via I-26, which connects to the much larger I-95 that stretches north-south along the east coast.

The airport is 12 miles from downtown, a $14 shuttle ride or $25 taxi ride. The Amtrak station is 10 miles from downtown.

Charleston is serviced by most of the major airlines: American, Continental/United, US Air, Delta, Southwest Airlines.

Sample flight prices

Based on searching Kayak 2/28 for round-trip flights departing 1/18/2013 and returning 1/21/2013:

  • LGA/JFK $230
  • BWI $235
  • ORD $368
  • SEA $379
  • BOS $440
  • SFO $522

Possible hotels

Hotels near College of Charleston:

  • Embassy Suites Historic Charleston

337 Meeting St., Charleston, South Carolina 29403, 1-843-723-6900

    • Room Capacity: 153
    • Price: $179-349
    • Complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast
    • Complimentary manager's reception with 2 hours of cocktails and light refreshments in the lobby bar
    • Free High Speed Internet


  • Hampton Inn Charleston-Historic District

345 Meeting St., Charleston, South Carolina, 29403, USA 1-843-723-4000

    • Room capacity: 171
    • Price: $109-149
    • Free Internet
    • Free breakfast
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Charleston - Historic District

181 Church Street, Charleston, South Carolina, 29401, USA 1-843-577-2644

    • Room capacity:
    • Price: $169-219
    • Internet $9.95/day
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Public transportation

CARTA, walkability

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College of Charleston

  • Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Charleston. Everything is within walking distance.
  • Can use facilities for no charge if they are booked through one of the student groups.
    • BarcampCHS worked through the ACM student chapter. Would be useful to get them on board. Also a good source of cheap labour.
  • CofC makes you use their food services company (Aramark). However, there are lots of really good restaurants just a few blocks over.
  • Pretty good wireless coverage.

Citadel? Need a contact who could reserve rooms plus information on:

  • Any charges
  • Options for outside catering
  • Nearby restaurants
  • Internet connectivity

MUSC? Need a contact who could reserve rooms plus information on:

  • Any charges
  • Options for outside catering
  • A few restaurants nearby. More places are a short 10 minute walk away
  • Pretty good wireless coverage on the guest WiFi network.


  • Ruth Suehle (NC resident, frequently visiting Charleston)
  • Russell Bryant (Charleston, SC resident)
  • Eugene Mah (Charleston, SC resident)

Pros and Cons


  • Mild weather
  • Easily accessible
  • Lovely location that people would enjoy visiting


  • Not the largest airport in the world (but not difficult to reach)