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3 College Senior

Parking: Unless you have a parking pass, parking is available if one is willing to walk a bit and park off campus. There is no need for a car as an underclassman but it is convenient in later years.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Not easy to find a spot. Be cautious of fees.

2 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Very expensive. Structures always under construction. No street parking.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is expensive on campus and difficult off, which is why most people skateboard or bike around.

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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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 229 responses

  • 3% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 23% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 10% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 33% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 15% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 16% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 236 responses

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