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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's all expensive and not very high quality and some of the bigger apartment buildings are quite far.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Pros:

A wide variety of rooms available for every need and budget

Most are patrolled by campus security


Housing costs in Los Angeles are high

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: So close to so many ethnic foods.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I live off campus now. Off-campus living is overly expensive and can be dangerous.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: many places with varying degrees of comfort.

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Off-campus housing not owned by the University can be nice, but the closer it is to campus, the higher the price. Small, sometimes rundown apartments are expensive, but they always seem to get filled. Nicer apartments get scooped up quickly. Safety is a key issue for apartments close to Figueroa between 27th and 32nd streets. The areas immediately northwest of campus are safe and clean with nice apartments to chose from.

Further from campus is the Medici, a luxury apartment building in the heart of downtown, about two miles from campus. Apartments at the Medici are about the same as the more expensive places around campus, but the Medici is far nicer than anything surrounding USC. It offers a private park, workout facilities, tennis courts, and brand new apartments. The downside to living at the Medici is the distance to campus. Off-campus housing in the immediate area is preferred and can be decent for apartment shoppers who start their searches early and are willing to pay a bit more. You might even hear about some students who commute from Los Feliz and Westwood, mostly because they don’t have the same security issues as if they lived by USC. But, of course, they must also consider gas money, mileage, traffic, and USC parking costs.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Beginning of second semester
Popular Areas
  • 30th Street Villas
  • Conquest Housing (several buildings off campus)
  • The Bungalows
  • The Medici
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $900
  • 2 BR: $1,000
  • Studio: $600

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 165 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 164 responses

  • 18% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 66% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 13% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 2% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 165 responses

  • 25% Extremely helpful.
  • 49% Somewhat helpful.
  • 25% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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