If you want to avoid students stay out of the greater Columbia area. Our university is HUGE so the city proper and most of the surrounding neighborhoods are full of students.
Northeast Columbia is pretty decent. Forest Acres isn't bad, although its not what it was.
You don't want to live in the Southeast part of town. Its poor and getting poorer. Anybody who says otherwise is selling something. Hampton Apartments, I'm looking at you.
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If you are looking to stay out of the student sphere, it would probably be best for you to avoid parts of the downtown area. There are many student off-campus housing communities that are within a close proximity to downtown and to the USC campus.
If you are looking for some nice areas, you could see what rental homes are available in the Shandon area, or you could look towards Forest Acres for apartment complexes and houses if you are looking to be close to Ft. Jackson and downtown.
You also might be able to find some nice homes and rental communities that are towards the Irmo area, up around Harbison Ave. and Lake Murray Blvd. These are some places that I would suggest to begin your search. If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask me, and if you ever decide that you are ready to purchase your first home, please give me a call!
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