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5 College Sophomore

Local Area: I love being in LA for college. Everything is at our fingertips. We have downtown, the beach, Disneyland, Magic Mountain, the Staples Center, parks, etc. But I do not want to live in Los Angeles after college just because it is too big of a city for me.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: It's LA. Everybody loves coming here for LA and going into town, but it's not always safe

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1 College Freshman

Local Area: Huge city surrounded by streets and cars and freeways. There's no nature anywhere near so if you care about that, this is not a good place for you.

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: best city in the world

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: everything is close by and easily accessible.

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Most USC students begin to appreciate Los Angeles after they’ve had a semester to get comfortable living in such a big city. Once students develop a navigational sense of the area and find a mode of transportation, they gain access to a world of mountains and oceans, city and country, shopping centers and art museums, movie stars on the silver screen and in person, and job opportunities matched both in quality and quantity—with opportunities for fun. People are friendly at any time of day, other than rush hour. The weather is beautiful. The food is amazing. Anything is possible in LA—anything.

On the other hand, USC is in the heart of South LA, only blocks away from the site of the infamous riots of the early '90s. Now that USC is the leading private employer in LA, the school has a bigger stake in the community. Most of the low-income communities that surround USC have a tremendous amount of respect for USC students, though some can’t help but resent the obnoxious wealth that certain students flaunt and flash. But, hey, it’s LA—you’re going to get that from time to time.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Founded in 1781 by a group of 46 people comprising 12 families, Los Angeles's full name is "El Pueblo do Nuestra Senora la Reina de Angeles do Poriuncula."
  2. Only eight American states have larger populations than Los Angeles County.
  3. The Emmy Awards for television are held annually at the Shrine Auditorium, directly across Jefferson Avenue from USC. This is where a plane can fly over a car traveling over a train, going over a boat . . . (or submarine, or Pogo stick, or hovercraft).
  4. The first motion picture theater opened in LA on April 2, 1902.
  5. The famous Hollywood sign is on Mount Lee, not far from Mount Hollywood
Notable Natives
  • Drew Barrymore
  • Dustin Hoffman
  • Jackie Cooper
  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Duke Sneide
  • Jodie Foster
  • Leonard Slotkin
  • Tom Hanks
  • Madeleine Stowe
Local Slang
  • Agro: Out of control
  • Hollyweird: Another name for Hollywood
  • PCH: Pacific Coast Highway
  • S&M Boulevard: Santa Monica Boulevard
Points of Interest
  • Ahmanson Theater
  • California Science Center
  • Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
  • Exposition Park
  • Grand Central Market
  • LA Live
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Museum of Natural History
Shopping Centers
  • Beverly Center
  • The Grove
  • Shops at the Bonaventure
  • University Village
Movie Theaters
AMC Magic Johnson Crenshaw 15
4020 Marlton Ave.
Los Angeles
(888) 262-4386
Movie Theaters
IMAX-California Science Center
700 State Dr.
Los Angeles
(213) 744-7400
Movie Theaters
Laemmle's Grande 4-Plex
345 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles
(213) 617-0268
Movie Theaters
Pacific's The Grove Stadium 14
189 The Grove Dr.
Los Angeles
(323) 692-0829
Movie Theaters
University Village 3
3323 S. Hoover St.
Los Angeles
(213) 748-6321
Major Sports Teams
  • Anaheim Ducks: hockey
  • Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: baseball
  • Los Angeles Clippers: basketball
  • Los Angeles Dodgers: baseball
  • Los Angeles Kings: hockey
  • Los Angeles Lakers: basketball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • San Diego: CA: 2 hours
  • San Francisco: CA: 6 hours, 30 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 198 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 197 responses

  • 84% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 2% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 1% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 13% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 1% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 198 responses

  • 47% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 41% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 12% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 199 responses

  • 38% Totally.
  • 48% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 14% No way.



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