INTERNATIONAL STUDENT GUIDE

Brought to you by our International Student Assembly, find some answers to your frequently asked questions below. Still need more guidance as you make your way to USC? Please reach out to ISA (isaofusc@gmail.com) or any of the resources below.

ON CAMPUS

WHAT TO EXPECT

This section covers what you as a freshman should expect at USC during your first week of school. It transcends from how one should choose your dorm room to socializing according to your preference. This of course depends on your perspective and what you as an individual would like to extrapolate from your college experience entirely.

DORM ROOM

HOW TO CHOOSE

Check out all your options on USC Housing’s website.

Figure out what kind of person you are ex: social or like peace, late or early sleeper and if you don’t like your assigned dorm you could always apply to change it within the first month of school.

WHAT TO PACK

Just some ideas.

SOCIALIZING

GREEK LIFE

Find out more about Greek life at USC here.

Learn more about the recruitment process here.

CLUBS & SOCIETIES

View a list of recognized student organizations here.

Find out more about Campus Activities (the Office presiding over student organizations) here.

FOOD

Usually, freshmen opt to dine in the multiple dining halls we have on campus. Cafe 84 & Parkside are the most visited halls that are open during the weekdays and on the weekends for brunch. As one transitions to second and third year, on the Ronald Tutor Center become a regular – asian, italian and gourmet food is available.

AROUND CAMPUS

Click here for some of best eateries.

On Figueroa: 
Blaze, Subway, McDonald’s, Pizza Studio, Panda Express, Taco Bell, Bella Pita

DPS

The USC Department of Public Safety (DPS) takes a service-oriented, defensive approach to safety. Their chief goal isn’t to investigate or solve crimes; it’s to stop them from happening.

LIVE SAFE APP

USC Trojan Mobile Safety App, managed by the USC Department of Public Safety and the USC Department of Emergency Planning, is a free downloadable app that mobile users can use to initiate contact with emergency respondents around the University Park and Health Science campuses. Features include: immediate “push button” calls to DPS, easy reporting for suspicious activity or crimes in progress, and location services to notify friends of your route through campus. Learn more about the app features.

CAMPUS CRUISER & UBER PARTNERSHIP

If you are one of the many individuals who work, study or take classes at night, you don’t have to walk to your car or home alone. The USC Campus Cruiser will take you to your destination. If wait periods exceed 15 minutes, we automatically outsource Campus Cruiser requests to Uber, which you can take for free, ensuring you’ll never have to wait long for a safe ride home. Read more about Campus Cruiser, service hours, and how to book a ride.

OTHER USEFUL TIPS & TRICKS

OFF CAMPUS

BUCKET LIST

WEEKENDS

OFF BEAT

TOURISTY

  • Hollywood Blvd.
  • LACMA
  • The Broad
  • Santa Monica
  • Sunset Blvd.
  • Staples Center

BUCKET LIST