Live: Los Angeles

The City of Angels

As a USC student, you will experience life in a thriving cosmopolitan center at the crossroads of the Pacific Rim and Latin America.

The region’s diverse terrain offers students a remarkable climate and makes possible a wide range of outdoor activities. No urban area in the country is as densely populated yet has so much open space, from the miles of sun-drenched beaches to the horseback-riding trails and famous observatory of Griffith Park.

Just three miles from campus is the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, an area enlivened by a sophisticated arts scene, numerous entertainment venues and international cuisine.

Across the street from the University Park Campus, students can explore the cultural and historical offerings of Exposition Park, including the Natural History Museum, the California Science Center, an IMAX movie theatre and soon, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.

A world leader in aerospace, entertainment, fashion, technology, telecommunications, biomedicine and trade, Los Angeles offers prime internship and service-learning opportunities.

“The most memorable places to visit in SoCal are our amazing natural landmarks, including our beaches, mountains and deserts. Non-California natives must take trips to all three terrains to have the true SoCal experience.”

—Sophia Perez, Los Angeles, California

Getting Around

Los Angeles is famous for its “car culture,” but USC students can take advantage of many different university and L.A. Metro transportation options to navigate the campus or the city. Daily shuttles operate between the university’s University Park and Health Sciences campuses. Downtown L.A. and the L.A. Live entertainment complex are short rides away on the Metro Expo rail line. And the university’s ride-sharing and matching services, partnerships with car-sharing and short-term rental services, and local vehicle rental agencies can help you get where you need to go, inexpensively and in a hurry.

Please visit the USC Transportation website for more information.

Los Angeles at a Glance
200+ Identified Languages Spoken
10.4 Million Population in L.A. County
100+ Museums
72 Degrees Average High Temperature

“One of the great things about USC is its proximity to Downtown L.A. You can attend an L.A. Philharmonic concert at the Disney Hall, see a contemporary art exhibit at The Broad [Museum], and eat incredible food in Little Tokyo—all in a single day!”

— James Wang. Las Vegas, Nevada