Los Angeles, CA
Admission Difficulty
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2 College Freshman

Parking: The cost to have a car at USC is very expensive, which can be very frustrating because I definitely feel that there is a need for a car on campus, seeing as public transportation in LA is definitely not convenient or easy.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking can become rather packed rather quickly but if anyone looks hard enough they can find a spot. I find for your first few years at campus you do not really need a car though and can manage without one.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: It's better to take public transportation

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College Freshman

Parking: I don't have a car, so I don't really know. Having a car isn't necessary at all, and there is parking on campus. I think it's generally easy to find a spot, but very expensive.

5 College Junior

Parking: Permits are reasonably priced, the parking lot is never full and there are plenty of meters around campus. Plus, they offer students rides to their cars at night time to reinforce our safety!


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 695th
    Best Parking Availability
  • 1347th
    Best Off-Campus Parking
  • 1355th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

BJ Grip
Colorado Springs, CO
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Access to parking spaces varies among types of housing. Parking passes for on-campus lots are valuable commodities among students, and they often resort to camping out in front of the Parking Services office in order to better their chances of receiving passes on dates of issuance. There is a limited amount of parking available on campus, which creates problems for students who need a safe place to keep their cars. Street parking is scarce and risky in a city overpopulated with motorists and occasional thieves. Off-campus residents living in buildings with full lots are usually forced to park far from home. The Parking Center, two blocks east of campus, is usually the last available lot for students with a USC parking pass. Although the Parking Center is secure from thieves and vandals, traveling to and from the massive structure is time consuming and can be scary at night.

Parking anywhere in LA is expensive and usually inconvenient. Parking tickets are inevitable and can easily add up to hundreds of dollars over the course of a semester. Some Greek houses offer free parking to members, which is considered a major benefit to being in a fraternity or sorority, and certain apartments in the area guarantee spaces for tenants. Aside from the lucky few who can park where they live without any hassle, most students with the option to park feel lucky to have a space at all.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
There are many parking lots around campus along with six large parking structures near the dorms.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$50-$88 per month
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter:
  • Street cleaning:
  • Unauthorized parking:
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Meter Parking: McClintock, Hoover, and Adams
  • Day Parking: $7 on campus for entire day, or $1.50 per hour.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Anywhere on the street before, during, and directly after classes.
Parking Services
Trojan Transportation
620 West 35th St. PSX
(213) 740-3575
Did You Know?
  • Too many unpaid tickets will get your car booted. This is a huge hassle, both financially and mentally.
  • USC has a gas station next to the parking center that accepts USCards.

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 144 responses

  • 17% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 18% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 31% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 12% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 19% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 3% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 137 responses

Very poor
  • Distance from class
  • Distance from dorms
  • Ease of finding a spot
  • Parking enforcement
  • Permit cost

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 9 responses

  • 40% Meter Parking: McClintock, Hoover, and Adams
  • 30% Off of Vermont (28th)
  • 20% Shrine
  • 10% In the neighborhood, west of Vermont Ave

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 6 responses

  • 50% Between Jefferson & 28th
  • 50% Anywhere is difficult depending on the time of day
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