Student Resources

Housing and Transportation


USC offers a range of services to meet the housing needs of graduate students. There are several housing facilities at the University Park Campus and one graduate student housing on the Health Sciences Campus. Housing assignments fill quickly and it is imperative to contact the USC Housing department early to inquire about availability and eligibility requirements.

USC Housing Services
620 USC McCarthy Way, Los Angeles, Calif. 90089-1332
Tel: (800) 872-4632, (213) 740-2546
Fax: (213) 740-8488

Non-USC Housing

Another option many students take advantage of is the diversity of housing opportunities within and around the Los Angeles area. Some popular communities around the university include: Pasadena, Glendale, Alhambra, Santa Monica, and Downtown Los Angeles. The sources below may be able to help you find a home in these areas.

University Resources
There are listings for non-university owned housing available through the Office of International Services, although this mainly lists accommodation near UPC. The department has a webpage with useful information on apartment hunting for new USC students which can be found by visiting

At HSC it is worthwhile checking the notice board on the first floor of the MUDD building as apartments and rooms for rent are often posted here.

Housing Websites

If you have access to the Internet there are several websites that you might find helpful in your search. Some of these sites charge a usage fee.

Considerations during Apartment Hunting

  • Accessibility to campus
  • Facilities provided
  • Safety and security
  • Features and amenities

Questions to ask

  • What utilities are included in the rent?
  • Who is the contact person for repairs?
  • Is this a lease or a rental?
  • What is the duration of the contract?
  • Are there any other arrangements that need to be made prior to moving in?

Always be sure that all agreements with your landlord are in writing. Don’t forget to ask for receipts for deposits and monthly installments.

USC Transportation Department

Parking permits for all USC campuses must be purchased through the USC Transportation department, either in person or online. It is best to buy them early as they generally sell out. To purchase a permit online, please visit and click on “Parking Permits”.

For more information, please contact the USC Transportation department directly at (213) 740-3575 or visit

Tram service at USC

A free shuttle runs between HSC, UPC, CHLA, Alhambra, and Union Station (LA’s main train station) at half hour intervals making a handy alternative to go between campuses if you don’t want to brave the traffic! Please visit the transportation webpage to get more information on tram schedules.

Transportation / Directions from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

One of your first concerns when you arrive in Los Angeles might be getting from the airport to wherever you are staying. If you don’t have anyone to meet you, don’t worry, as shuttles are available and are an affordable alternative that will pick you up from the airport and take you to your destination. Below is a list of some of the companies available. The approximate cost for taking a shuttle will be about $50, depending on which one you take.

Public Transportation

Most people in Los Angeles own a car, although public transport (buses and the metro) is available in some areas. To plan routes using public transportation, go to LA’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority at