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Off-Campus Housing


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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There always seems to be nice apartment options. They advertise a lot and always seem to want more people. If you want to get a house with your friends that is a bit tougher of a process, but with a will theres a way. My friends were able to get a huge 3 story house that seems to be fitting all our needs.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: They are many options, but it's really costly.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing options include apartments, greek housing, non-USC-owned houses, and off-campus USC-owned apartments. I have friends who live in all of these kinds of housing and they all enjoy it. The easiest and safest options are apartment buildings (West 27th, Gateway & the Lorenzo) and off-campus USC-owned housing. My friends who have lived in these kinds of housing have found it very easy and convenient. I live in a sorority house which I also love!

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: USC off campus housing has a lot of options from shared houses to apartments to studios. The pitfalls are parking is often not offered or is expensive, causing a hassle with street parking, and rent is exorbitantly expensive.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I've been to a few off campus housing like the Lorenzo, W 28th, the Shrine, Ellendale, Vista Magnolia, etc. I really like them and most of them are within walking/biking distance from campus. The Lorenzo which is farther away has a shuttle. The housing options are very nice and there are a lot of options.

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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 240 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 239 responses

  • 16% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 68% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 14% 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 238 responses

  • 22% Extremely helpful.
  • 52% Somewhat helpful.
  • 26% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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