Campus Housing

Location
Los Angeles, CA
Undergrads
17,619
Tuition
$46,363
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Very social, but pretty small and kinda expensive, but its downtown LA

5 College Senior

Campus Housing: My floormates became my best friends. Everyone kept their doors open and there was always someone to hang out with. Flour>Parkside>everything else

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: USC provides the necessities for forming an on campus community by encouraging student groups and dorm activities.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There are pros and cons to every building. Most resident buildings on campus are freshman buildings.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: A little old but still roomy, has great views!

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 22nd
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 164th
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 531st
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 891st
    Shortest Walk to Class

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

BJ Grip
Hometown
Colorado Springs, CO
Major
Theater
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All freshmen are required to live on campus. Of all the places to live, the adjacent New and North Residence Halls are the most sought after by incoming students and remain the most popular throughout the year. New and North are not the most modern dorms on campus, and their EVK dining hall is not the best place to eat, but they are popular because of the coed floors separated into wings for guys and girls, along with the largest concentration of first-year students on campus, which creates a great party environment. Parkside Arts & Humanities is the newest residence hall on campus, and since the food at Parkside is the best on campus, this new dorm has a good reputation. The trouble with Parkside, also known as “Darkside,” is its distance from classes and others dorms. Still, most students who live at Parkside seem to be happy with the organized events and good food, and they learn to love it.

Of the campus apartments, Cardinal Gardens is preferred over Century due to cleanliness and space. Cardinal Gardens is the most private place for on-campus housing and is considered the best place to live by students who prefer peace and quiet with some partying on weekends. Ironically, the Honors dormitories, Trojan Hall and Marks Hall, are the only two buildings on campus that get poor reviews. These dorms have no air-conditioning, poor lighting, and are old and dirty.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
6,600
Average Housing Costs
$7,340
Undergrads Living On Campus
39%
Number of Dormitories
12
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
32
Best Dorms
  • Cardinal Gardens
  • Fluor Tower
  • New/North Residential Hall
  • Pardee Tower
  • Parkside Residence Hall
  • Webb Tower
Worst Dorms
  • Marks Hall
  • Trojan Hall
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Bookshelf
  • Cable TV
  • Closet or wardrobe
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Ethernet access
  • Microwave (sometimes)
  • Minifridge
  • Trash can
  • Window coverings
Also Available
Special-interest housing
Did You Know?
All campus residents get free cable, including USC's own station, TrojanVision (channel 8).

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Arts & Humanities Residential College at Parkside
Floors: 4
Bathrooms: Suite-style
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Single and double suites
Special Features: Customer service center, fully furnished lounges with TVs, game room, laundry room, music practice rooms, Performance Café, study rooms.
Birnkrant Residential College
Floors: 7
Number of Occupants: 223
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Music practice room, pool table, study area, television room, Trojan Grounds, next door to Leavey Library
Fluor Tower
Floors: 11
Number of Occupants: 328
Bathrooms: Shared by suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Single and double suites
Special Features: Three special interest communities, customer service center, Lyon Center and Café 84 are close by, pool table, television area
Honors House
Floors: 1
Number of Occupants: 36
Bathrooms: Private or shared, depending on your room
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Common area, library, pool table, separate dining room with several vegetarian meals, television and DVD player
International Residential College at Parkside
Floors: 4
Bathrooms: Suite-style
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Single and double suites
Special Features: Group study room, lounges, meeting and seminar spaces, music room, Parkside Restaurant, recreation room, special interest community for international students
Marks Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 88
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Ground Zero Coffeehouse is close by, laundry room, pool table, piano, study rooms, two lounges
Marks Tower
Floors: 8
Number of Occupants: 196
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Adjacent to Ground Zero Coffeehouse, lounge with pool table and television area
New Residential College (NRC)
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 288
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, singles with a sink, doubles, doubles with a sink
Special Features: Large lounge with pool and ping-pong tables, several special interest communities, close to Leavey Library and Trojan Grounds
North Residential College (NEW)
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 270
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, singles with a sink, Doubles, and Doubles with a sink
Special Features: Large enclosed patio area, several special interest communities, close to Leavey Library, Trojan Grounds, and EVK Residential
Pardee Tower
Floors: 8
Number of Occupants: 286
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Customer service center, large lounge with TV, sitting area, and a kitchenette that can be reserved, music practice lounges, study lounges, special interest community concerned with the outdoors
Radisson Hotel
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: Varies per semester
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: comfort and amenities of the hotel, private bathrooms, swimming pool, workout room
Trojan Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 208
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Laundry area, lounge, TV area, study rooms, laundry room, close to Ground Zero Coffeehouse

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Annenberg House
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 180
Bathrooms: Shared by apartment
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen and transfer students
Room Types: Two-bedroom apartments
Special Features: Special-interest Multimedia Program, air-conditioning, parking, computer room, TV room, tram access, laundry
Bel Air
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 12
Bathrooms: Shared by apartment
Coed: Yes
Residents: Families
Room Types: One- and two- bedroom apartments
Special Features: Housing for families, air-conditioning, parking, laundry
Cardinal `n Gold
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 27
Bathrooms: Shared by apartment
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen and transfer students
Room Types: Room Types One-bedroom apartments
Special Features: Furnished, swimming pool, parking, laundry
Cardinal Gardens
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 661
Bathrooms: Shared by apartment
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen, and transfer students
Room Types: One- and two- bedroom apartments
Special Features: Customer service center, TV/piano/billiards lounge, sand volleyball court, basketball court, parking, laundry
Centennial
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 75
Bathrooms: Shared by apartment
Coed: Yes
Residents: Grad students
Room Types: Two-bedroom apartments
Special Features: Parking, air-conditioning, sand volleyball, special-interest occupation therapy program, tram stop, laundry
Century
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 457
Bathrooms: Shared by apartment
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Two-bedroom apartments
Special Features: Swimming pool, parking, sand volleyball, basketball court, air-conditioning, customer service center, laundry
Fairmont
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 54
Bathrooms: Shared by apartment
Coed: Yes
Residents: Grad students
Room Types: Studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments
Special Features: Graduate housing, recreational facilities, parking, cost-efficient, laundry
Founders
Floors: 4
Number of Units: 164
Bathrooms: Shared by apartment
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen and transfer students
Room Types: Two-bedroom apartments
Special Features: Parking, air-conditioning, customer service center, recreational facilities, workout room, laundry
Helena
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 36
Bathrooms: Shared by apartment
Coed: Yes
Residents: Grad students
Room Types: Studio, and one-bedroom apartments
Special Features: Graduate students, parking, recreational facilities, tram stop, laundry
Hillview
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 56
Bathrooms: Shared by apartment
Coed: Yes
Residents: Grad students
Room Types: Two-bedroom apartments
Special Features: Resident faculty community, parking, tram stop, air-conditioning, laundry
La Sorbonne
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 54
Bathrooms: Shared by apartment
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen, and transfer students
Room Types: Studio, and one-bedroom apartments
Special Features: Parking, recreational facilities, air-conditioning, laundry
Manor
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 34
Bathrooms: Shared by apartment
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen, and transfer students
Room Types: One- and two-bedroom apartments
Special Features: Parking, recreational facilities, swimming pool, sun deck, laundry
Max Kade House
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 3
Bathrooms: Shared by house
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Single, doubles
Special Features: Dining area, full kitchen, living room with TV, two and a half bathrooms in house
Pacific Apartments
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 67
Bathrooms: Shared by apartment
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen and transfer students
Room Types: Two-bedroom apartments
Special Features: Parking, tram stop, air-conditioning, laundry
Parkside Apartments
Floors: 5
Number of Units: 260
Bathrooms: Shared by apartment
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen, transfer students, and grad students
Room Types: Studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments
Special Features: Recreational facilities, tram stop, special interest Muslim housing, special interest Shalom housing, customer service center, laundry, part of the International Residential College at Parkside
Regal Trojan
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 124
Bathrooms: Shared by apartment
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen and transfer students
Room Types: One- and two-bedroom apartments
Special Features: Tram stop, parking, air-conditioning, laundry
Regent
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 15
Bathrooms: Shared by apartment
Coed: Yes
Residents: Families
Room Types: One-bedroom apartments
Special Features: Ideal for couples or families with a single child. The apartments have recently been renovated with new bathrooms and kitchens. New furniture, carpeting, interior painting and window treatments completed the remodeling. Limited parking, tram stop, five- to ten-minute walk to campus
Senator
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 27
Bathrooms: Shared by apartment
Coed: Yes
Residents: Grad students, and families
Room Types: One-bedroom apartments
Special Features: Family housing, graduate housing, parking, laundry
Seven Gables
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 19
Bathrooms: Shared by apartment
Coed: Yes
Residents: Grad students
Room Types: Studios
Special Features: Graduate housing, parking, laundry
Severance Street Apartments
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 16
Bathrooms: Shared by apartment
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen and transfer students
Room Types: One- to four-bedroom apartments
Special Features: Parking, air-conditioning, laundry
Sierra
Floors: 4
Number of Units: 106
Bathrooms: Shared by apartment
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen and transfer students
Room Types: One- and two-bedroom apartments
Special Features: Parking, tram stop, air-conditioning, special interest housing, laundry
Stardust
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 33
Bathrooms: Shared by apartment
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen and transfer students
Room Types: One- and two-bedroom apartments
Special Features: Parking, recreational facilities, tram stop, air-conditioning, laundry
Sunset
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 19
Bathrooms: Shared by apartment
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen and transfer students
Room Types: One-bedroom apartments
Special Features: Air-conditioning, parking, tram stop, laundry
Terrace
Floors: 4
Number of Units: 73
Bathrooms: Shared by apartment
Coed: Yes
Residents: Grad students
Room Types: Two-bedroom apartments
Special Features: Graduate housing, air-conditioning, parking, tram stop, special interest law program, laundry
Troy Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 394
Bathrooms: Shared by apartment
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen and transfer students
Room Types: One- to three-bedroom apartments
Special Features: Recreational facilities, air-conditioning, Internet, parking, laundry
Troy Hall East
Floors: 4
Number of Units: 319
Bathrooms: Shared by apartment
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen, and transfer students
Room Types: One- and two- bedroom apartments
Special Features: Customer service center, recreational facilities, air-conditioning, tram stop, parking, laundry
Troyland
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 38
Bathrooms: Shared by apartment
Coed: Yes
Residents: Grad students
Room Types: Studios and one-bedroom apartments
Special Features: Graduate Housing, recreational facilities, parking, laundry
Twin Palms
Floors: 27
Number of Units: 15
Bathrooms: Shared by apartment
Coed: Yes
Residents: Grad students
Room Types: One- and two-bedroom apartments
Special Features: Laundry, parking
University Regent
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 29
Bathrooms: Shared by apartment
Coed: Yes
Residents: Grad students
Room Types: Studios
Special Features: Parking, tram stop, recreational facilities, laundry
Vista
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 30
Bathrooms: Shared by apartment
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen and transfer students
Room Types: One- and two- bedroom apartments
Special Features: Parking, air-conditioning, tram stop, recreational facilities, laundry
Webb Tower
Floors: 14
Number of Units: 328
Bathrooms: Shared by apartment
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen and transfer students
Room Types: Studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments
Special Features: Air conditioning, computer lab next door, laundry
Windsor
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 24
Bathrooms: Shared by apartment
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen and transfer students
Room Types: One-bedroom apartments
Special Features: Tram stop, parking, air-conditioning, laundry

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