Autumn means different things in different places – many cities attract tourists in the fall who come to see brightly colored leaves, scour pumpkin patches and pick apples. Charleston is not one of these cities.

But the Lowcountry has a few telltale signs when fall rolls around. If you’re experiencing your first fall on campus, here are some things to look out for:

1. Festive foliage peppers the ground. 


2. The palmetto trees fade from a brilliant emerald green to a slightly muted emerald green.


3. Pumpkin Spice Frappuccinos spread autumnal spirit.


4. Students start to bundle up when the temperature falls below 70 degrees.


5. Fùtbol season!


The College community may not experience much “fall,” but Charleston makes up for it with access to beaches, year-round flip-flops weather and temperate “R months” (September-April), which bring oyster roasts, occasional brisk wind and plenty of excuses to get outside.