Recent Alumnus 2012-05-11T05:12:10Z
Have to Go Far for Fun – Local area is a lot of fast food/cheap movie theater type stuff, it you want cultural events/nice food/even a nice coffee shop you have to leave the USC area
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-11T05:10:06Z
It's There but Could Be Better – There are shuttles/Campus Cruiser available but it's not frequent or easy to use all the time
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-11T05:09:04Z
Athletes Rule – If you are an athlete you will find easy living/facilities/etc here, but if you are not, your options are a bit more limited.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-10T20:12:13Z
I use USC owned offcampus housing, which has been great.
College Senior 2012-04-26T05:52:15Z
We receive MUCH sunlight. Its pretty typical. But when it rains, it pours. USC doesn't have that great of a drainage system around campus...aka there are puddles everywhere. But it is very do-able weather ;)
College Senior 2012-04-26T05:50:47Z
Good Attempts – There is a campus bus that transports people to and from the main campus and the health science campus. However, it can be a pain trying to travel during rush hour.
College Senior 2012-04-26T05:49:22Z
Parking at USC, just like everywhere else in LA, is pretty expensive.
College Junior 2012-04-24T04:45:05Z
Great Program – marshall is one of the best schools in hands down the best city. no one can beat this school it has the best of everything and is a great place to live after graduation
College Junior 2012-04-24T04:28:55Z
Health & Safety:
campus is safe and surrounding area just dont travel outside the bubble alone at night
College Junior 2012-04-16T22:43:15Z
It's California – It's California. Correction - It's SOUTHERN California. The weather is great all year round. Of course, that doesn't mean that we don't get our rains/storms every once in a while. Or that we don't get our heat waves in the summer. But generally, it provides a most enjoyable day out on campus - the sun is out, the sky is blue with scattered clouds, the air is cool, and everyone finds time to bask in the sun or hang out under a tree.
College Junior 2012-04-16T22:39:51Z
A car is not needed for USC, especially if you love around it. A bike is a much better (and world conscious) option. There's so many students with cars that it can be frustrating trying to find parking, and not to even mention the traffic which accompanies the 110 freeway that goes into Downtown LA. However, a car IS needed if you want to explore LA. It's a big city, and there's a lot to see and experience from the valley to Santa Monica, to Hollywood and to Koreatown. There's so much to do in LA and a car is pretty much a necessity if you want to experience LA.
College Junior 2012-04-16T22:35:38Z
Parkside Restaraunt – The food here, compared to the other residential dining hall (EVK) is much better. I like their daily specials, especially on Fridays which are the hot wings. Overall, the food is great - there's nice variety, and they even have a gluten-free station for vegans/vegetarians.
College Junior 2012-04-16T16:25:11Z
Hidden Spots/Awesome Events – The Philosophy Library, Ground Zero, Popovich Cafe, Tutor Hall Cafe, and the Campus Center study rooms are some relatively hidden places well worth going to.
Events to attend: Springfest (an all day music festival with awesome activities, food trucks, and mind-blowing headliners, this year was Macklemore, Anberlin and Wolfgang Gartner); any Company Profile Events (you can find these on the Connect SC website; frat parties (even if you don't like to, just go to ONE register, its a unique experience); GAME DAY-this is essential especially considering next year will be USC's best year yet as Matt Barkley will most likely lead us to the Rose Bowl and/or the National Championship; USC Film School free screenings; Vision and Voices Events
College Junior 2012-04-16T16:20:21Z
Worth the High Price Tag – USC is expensive, but it provides so many opportunities, academically, socially, professionally, athletically, etc., that it goes above and beyond in giving its students what they pay for (Also, it is not uncommon for students to receive scholarship or financial aid). There is nothing like Game Day at USC, literally the campus is covered in red and gold and tailgates extend from the Row all the way to the Colosseum. The Career Center will work for you and give you free advising on how to get internships, jobs, etc. The weather is impeccable and there is always something fun going on.
College Junior 2012-04-16T16:14:58Z
Depends on Your $$ – If you want a cheap place, there are great options with University Housing, but they aren't that high quality. Troy apartments have a great location and are priced relatively well, but the actual apartments are just okay. Now, if you have $$ to spend on housing, Gateway, West 27th, Icon, and Tuscany offer awesome apartments, but for a cost. There are ways to lower costs by getting apartments with more people or signing leases earlier, but its generally expensive. You get a lot of perks with the cost, though so in a way it is worth it. Also, if your Greek, living in the sorority or frat houses is always a decent option. Usually, you get 2 meals a day at the houses and the rent is wayyy cheaper than apartments. but you DO have dues that come with being in the sorority/frat so in a way it balances out.
College Sophomore 2012-04-16T04:44:28Z
Off Campus Eating – Not much off campus, some cheap places to eat but the best places will be on campus
College Sophomore 2012-04-16T04:42:44Z
Health & Safety:
Health and Safety – although USC is surrounded by a bad area, the security measures are better than any other campus I have visited. While on campus you could not be much safer, the security team is top notch and as long as you are smart and don't venture into bad territory you have nothing to worry about.
Recent Alumnus 2012-04-15T22:22:22Z
Car is necessary living in California especially, Los Angeles. Parking around campus isn't too bad if you know where to go. The lots always seem to be empty if you're willing to pay for on-campus parking. Haven't had a ticket yet but definitely make sure to move your car on street cleaning days.
Recent Alumnus 2012-04-13T21:57:11Z
I love the school! It has allowed me to pursue everything I wanted. I am going to dental school next year although i was able to study accounting as a major. I was also able to have a great time attending school and being involved while studying.
Recent Alumnus 2012-04-13T21:51:10Z
Drugs Is a Personal Choice – The opportunity to do drugs outside of campus is a personal choice. If you choose to do drugs, its up to you, but the school does not encourage it. They simply try to educate you.
Recent Alumnus 2012-04-13T21:49:14Z
Going Greek Opens Doors – Greek life offers a plethora of opportunities for those who choose to join the Greek community. It helps with connections and meeting others on campus as well as give everyone a leadership opportunity to become involved on campus.
College Senior 2012-04-12T21:53:18Z
The Row – The best place to party here at the University of Southern California is the Greek Row without a doubt. The Row is packed with fraternities that have open parties to all girls, and most guys if you are able to get on the list. There are day parties on the weekend, and you are always guaranteed a good time if you go on a Thursday. However, the nightlife in terms of bars and clubs in somewhat non existent, with only one bar close to campus. There are some in downtown LA, but not the college kid scene. You have to go to Hollywood if you're looking for a younger crowd at the clubs!
College Senior 2012-04-12T21:48:04Z
Quick Cafes and Dining Spots- Existing but Not Ideal – Our campus generally has a nice spread of dining options. The food is great and our student center is conveniently located directly in the middle of campus. However, the food is overpriced and the hours of the dining spots are very short, only open during the hustle and bustle of the day. When you want a place to relax in the evening after class and get a bite to eat, there are not many options. I have never been to a dining hall, so I cannot speak on behalf of them.
College Junior 2012-04-12T02:55:11Z
The only people who give the bad reviews are not in the system and so why they are commenting on it in the first place is beyond me.
College Junior 2012-04-11T07:07:55Z
Health & Safety:
DPS Makes Campus a Safe Place to Be – DPS (Department of Public Safety) keeps USC really safe. As far as being in any personal danger, I have never come close to feeling unsafe even at night, even in surrounding areas off campus. Since so many students live in the surrounding areas off campus, and we are known for being in a sketchy area, there are plenty of officers stationed at nearly every corner within a mile of campus, and LAPD constantly patrols the area, so you won't ever feel unsafe. That being said, petty crimes do occur. For instance, bikes get stolen VERY often, but as long as you buy a secure enough lock and don't ever leave your bike unlocked, you should be fine.
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