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2 College Junior

Transportation: It is Los Angeles so the transportation is poor, but they do their best.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Typical downtown LA traffic. Difficult to get around via public transportation.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: It is what it is.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: I know friends who have taken a shuttle to the airport and its been great. Campus Cruiser for parties and registers is awesome.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Campus Cruiser is fantastic, although the hours can be a bit challenging sometimes.


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Transportation is such a necessity for taking advantage of Southern California, and students are highly opinionated on the subject. Public transportation is satisfactory for students looking to go downtown, but unreasonably time-consuming for travel to most of LA’s popular areas. The fact that many students don’t even know that a subway exists in LA is a testament to the school’s lack of interest in public transit. For the most part, USC is a car school. They are expensive to maintain, and traffic can be unforgiving during rush hour, but they are still considered to be the best way to get around. When traffic is not intense, students can get just about anywhere in LA in 20 minutes or less.

Transportation around campus is easy. Beach cruisers and mountain bikes are what people like to peddle around on, while surf-style skateboards and scooters are next in line. Campus Cruiser is the student driver service that operates through the night and is highly regarded as a safe and dependable way to get around in the dark. All in all, it’s easy to get around campus. Bikes can be purchased for $50–$150 in the University Village, and locks are about $20. The only students who complain about transportation are the ones who need to get off campus and don’t have access to cars.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • The Metro (bus and subway)
  • Rent a car
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • Shuttle services
  • Taxi
  • USC Airport Shuttles before breaks
Did You Know?
Cars are necessary for getting around LA. If you have access to a car, your own or a friend's, the city is yours for the taking. If not, the public buses are accessible, as is the Metro (Subway). Public transportation is cheap, but due to the fact that LA is so spread out, you won't get anywhere as quickly as you want to.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

USC Shuttle Service

(213) 740-3575

USC Escort Service

(213) 740-4911

Campus Crusier

(213) 740-4911

Public TransitWhat's This?



Bus/DASH Line

(213) 808-2273

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Los Angeles International Airport

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Union Station

Services: Amtrack, Metrolink, Metro Lines

800 Alameda St., Los Angeles

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 227 responses

  • 44% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 43% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 9% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 1% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 3% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 227 responses

  • 6% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 19% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 62% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 13% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 0% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 94 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 94 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 94 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 226 responses

  • 13% Very easy.
  • 58% Fairly easy.
  • 25% Fairly difficult.
  • 4% Very difficult.
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