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.