Clemson SC Apartments and Houses


A Guide to Clemson Apartments and Neighborhoods


Becoming familiar with the different neighborhoods and apartments in Clemson will help to determine which neighborhood will be the best fit for you, along with knowing how far your commute to Clemson University campus will be.

To help make your search for Clemson apartments easier, we have put together a list of neighborhoods that surround Clemson University. Each of these neighborhoods is within walking distance to campus, or just a short bike, car, or bus ride away. Being that Clemson is a smaller town, there aren’t really distinct neighborhoods that make up the town but there are different communities around Clemson that students live in. We will explore both Clemson and the surrounding area.


Clemson University/Downtown
The City of Clemson has a population of just under 15,000, but when school is in session more than 20,000 students attend Clemson University and live in the city of just outside of the city limits. It takes about ten minutes, in a car, to get from one side of Clemson to another so students live all around the city, whether it be right around the university or downtown. The Clemson University campus is backed up to Lake Hartwell and the rest of the city wraps around it to the northeast. Scattered throughout the city are countless living options from single-family houses, duplexes, small apartment buildings, and massive luxury apartment complexes. Being that the city is small, a lot of where you want to go is walkable. However, the CATBus service, which is the second largest in all of South Carolina, is free and transportation system that services Clemson and some of the nearby cities.

Clemson is a huge college town and both the city and the university work closely together to bring the community together. They have even been recognized by the International Town and Gown Association for the past five years as being the best at keeping a successful partnership between the city and university. Football weekends are a wonderful example of this! Clemson University and all of the residents in the city can’t be missed as they are decked out in all orange to go cheer on the Tigers! Crowds of over 80,000 head to Memorial Stadium, also called Death Valley, each Saturday. The university and city police officers come together to help move traffic along while all the gameday attendees support and buy from the local businesses. Littlejohn Coliseum is home to the Clemson basketball team and also bring the community together as many entertainers will perform here. The Brooks Center hosts music concerts, student theater performances, film screenings, and art exhibits for the city’s enjoyment.

Charming Downtown Clemson has the majority of the area’s shops, restaurants, and bars. College Avenue and the cluster around there is the popular place to catch students any day of the week. Some of the hotspots, to grab both food and drinks, are Loose Change where on Tuesdays you can get $2 tacos and on Wednesday Wingin’ It has half price wings. A Tiger Town Tavern, they host karaoke and trivia night throughout the week. Crocs is the spot to hit the dance floor on a Saturday night. Some other top restaurants are Blue Heron Restaurant and Sushi and Sunnyside Cafe. There are also several coffee shops Downtown like Moe Joe where you can even catch some live music!

Clemson is perfect for any outdoor enthusiast! The city is surrounded by mountains, waterfalls, scenic countryside, and lakes. Lake Hartwell, which borders the Clemson Campus and is in walking distance, is a popular spot for students to play volleyball, swim, kayak, or just lay out on the beach. The Issaqueena Trails has several different trails for people to bike and hike. On the Clemson Campus, there is the S.C Botanical Garden that can be visited year round.

Throughout the year, several community events are held all over the city. Some of these events are Clemsonfest which is a celebration of Independence Day. Each Christmas they have a parade. In May, they hold the Festival of the Arts, and each summer there is the Regatta on Lake Hartwell and the Clemson Farmers Market. The University also holds its fair share of yearly events like Rock the John and Tigerama to kick off Homecoming weekend.


The town of Central is just a five-minute drive east from Clemson. Central is in located between Clemson University and Southern Wesleyan University which has contributed to much of the recent population growth. The area around the Wal-Mart Center has sparked a lot more commercial growth for the area. This small town was developed due to the train stop. A clock in the middle of town acts as the exact halfway point between Atlanta and Charlotte. Many families and workers used this stop to refuel, eat, rest. The railroad is still a huge feature of Central and there is the Central Railroad Museum. Just outside of Central on the border of Clemson is where you will see new large student apartment developments. The City CATbus allows students to live out there and have transportation to campus.


Five minutes south of Clemson is the quaint town of Pendleton. The entire town is on the National Register of Historic Places and strolling down the streets is said to be like walking back in time as more than 50 buildings date back before the 1850s. Around the city, you’ll see old churches, cemeteries, and elegant mansions. Town Square has several shops, antique stores, and restaurants. Throughout the year, several events and festivals are held at Town Square like the Spring Jubilee, Fall Harvest Festival, and the Scarecrow Festival. Each of these events draws in thousands of people from the surrounding area. In the past, Pendleton had been more of a living choice of young families and Clemson faculty members. Now, a lot more grad students and seniors are flocking here to get away from all the craziness of being on campus. With the recent expansion of the CATbus to Pendleton, its allowed several more students to lease here.


To recap, here are some helpful tips/reminders:

  • All housing in Clemson and surrounding towns mentioned is accessible by the free CATbus and is just minutes to Clemson University
  • Most students living off-campus in Clemson apartments live in the city of Clemson (obviously)
  • Housing in different areas, besides Clemson, will require bike, car or bus transportation
  • Make sure your new place is easily accessible to shopping and grocery stores for running errands
  • Use Google Maps to determine the distance of a property you are considering to the Clemson campus

Clemson Crime Statistics:

Clemson showed positive signs of decreasing the theft crime rate in 2011 but has since shown increase into 2014. Clemson has been able to remain below South Carolinas theft crime rate but South Carolina has held a downward trend into 2014. The theft crime rate is reported by a combination of various types of property damage and burglaries.


Despite a rising theft crime rate, Clemson has been able to maintain well below South Carolinas violent crime rate. Clemson down trend upwards into 2012 but showed improvements with a significant decrease in 2013.