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USC Orientation - Best hotel or BnB or Dorm

mmkediammkedia 31 replies6 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 37 Junior Member
Our D has accepted the USC Viterbi admission! We are planning to go down for orientation in June - end or July - first week. My wife and I, we, Need recommendations for places to stay. There’s an option to stay on campus in the dorm. Or any good recommendations for hotel nearby. The USC hotel is sold-out. Open to suggestions. Thanks!
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  • WWWardWWWard 2665 replies12 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2,677 Senior Member
    When possible, we stay at the USC Hotel https://uschotel.usc.edu/. We have also stayed at the Line Hotel in Koreatown https://www.thelinehotel.com/los-angeles/ and the JW Marriott at LA Live in Downtown LA. https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/laxjw-jw-marriott-los-angeles-la-live/ You can always just go to hotels.com and search for hotels near USC and enter in options like price, ratings, stars, etc.
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  • mmkediammkedia 31 replies6 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 37 Junior Member
    The USC hotel is sold out. We stayed at the JWM last time we were there. Will look at the Line hotel or else back to JWM. We have a week during orientation and want to be there for 3-5 nights since we are OOS. :)
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  • CADREAMINCADREAMIN 5437 replies100 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 5,537 Senior Member
    If not at USC Hotel, we stay over in Manhattan Beach or Marina Del Rey. It's a drive over to USC but those are super nice areas with great places to eat and shop, walk the beach, go down to Venice, etc. Since USC Hotel is full (it always is) you should stay downtown if you are just coming and going to USC, but if want to do more than that, you may want to stay elsewhere. You can get better prices at better hotels over there too. You would have to deal with the drive (traffic) to and from USC. Could split the trip with a couple downtown and a couple days somewhere else.....
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  • mmkediammkedia 31 replies6 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 37 Junior Member
    We stayed at Redondo Beach this time. It was the weekend so easy drive. The orientation is on weekdays.

    How much time do parents spend at orientation on campus?
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  • CADREAMINCADREAMIN 5437 replies100 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 5,537 Senior Member
    edited April 29
    Ha, I am not the one to ask, but will tell you anyway. I have sent several to USC, but even for the first one, I bailed after the first presentation for parents. Such boring stuff that I thought was answered online or at Explore, or through research. You are separated from your student pretty much immediately, so you are free to attend things or sneak away. It's super important for the student, for the parents, not so much imo. But then again, I am a 5-6 hour drive and knew I would be spending a lot of time on campus as I had an athlete there, so lots of back and forth. If someone is traveling a good distance and won't be back except for move-in and move out kind of events, they may want to spend more time at orientation than I did. To attach a disclaimer, I have always found parent events at virtually every school all along the way pretty dreadful, but that's me. My next Trojans were dropped off or flew in on their own.
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  • JohnGaltIIIJohnGaltIII 198 replies9 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 207 Junior Member
    @CADREAMIN I think folks who are proactive in researching their kids' colleges are usually bored in those parent presentations. As for a hotel, if you are there for a few days be willing to look around and some areas might have better deals than others and are worth the drive. Santa Monica has some nice hotels within walking distance the the beach and the pier It was about 20 to 40 minutes each way to drive from there.
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  • f2000saf2000sa 1090 replies59 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,149 Senior Member
    Very surprised that there are so few hotels within walking distance of the campus.
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  • mmkediammkedia 31 replies6 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 37 Junior Member
    Agreed. We live in Seattle. So need to plan the trip. :) and she is only kid! ;)
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  • astute12astute12 663 replies9 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 672 Member
    Stay near LA Live/Staples Center and Uber in. Have your kid stay in the dorm!
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  • CADREAMINCADREAMIN 5437 replies100 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 5,537 Senior Member
    edited April 30
    Agree with above, since you are really there to be at orientation and spend time on campus - especially since you are from Seattle and this is your one and only - then stay downtown. LA Live is super cool with lots of good places to eat. If you have an extra day or two after orientation, you can check out some of the other areas mentioned for a little Socal vacation. They do have things for the parents to do throughout the day and you can explore all the nooks and crannies of campus, there are some super pretty spots throughout campus, some gorgeous buildings...hit up the bookstore. :)
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  • JohnGaltIIIJohnGaltIII 198 replies9 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 207 Junior Member
    Downtown the Intercontinental has rates that can be competitive and cheaper than some of the other Downtown hotels. I was going to book there once until my wife discovered what floor we might be on.
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  • f2000saf2000sa 1090 replies59 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,149 Senior Member
    USC hotel is quite noisy. had a room on 10th Floor with view of campus. A lot of traffic noise whole night.
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  • mmkediammkedia 31 replies6 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 37 Junior Member
    We booked the USC hotel for Orientation. And plan to stay at Residence Inn at LA Live for the move-in week!
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  • pecxs93pecxs93 6 replies0 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 6 New Member
    I like Courtyard Santa Monica at 425 Colorado Avenue Santa Monica. You can take the Expo Train located just across hotel to USC (about 30 minutes ride).
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  • CADREAMINCADREAMIN 5437 replies100 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 5,537 Senior Member
    edited May 1
    @mmkedia I love the USC Hotel cause it is just so darn easy. We didn't have an issue with noise but everytime we have been there I am so exhausted from the day's events! We actually had good room service there - some pasta dish - late one night when pretty famished. (may have been reason it was good, ha.) Congrats on getting that for orientation. Good tip on the Courtyard @pecxs93. We try to stay at Marriott brand hotels whenever we can.
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  • mmkediammkedia 31 replies6 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 37 Junior Member
    I love the Marriott brand and now that SPG(Sheraton) is part of it.
    How does the Sheraton Grand downtown compare to Residence Inn LA Live or Courtyard Santa Monica.
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