Where do students live after 1st/2nd years?

<p>I heard that it is very hard to get on-campus housing/off-campus apartments through USC after a 1st or 2nd year. Where do the students live? For some reason, the area SC is in is really really holding me back from making my final decision to become a Trojan. Where do the students live? Are they close to campus? Do most have to drive to campus? I think it would suck to have to use the freeway or drive 5-10 mins to campus after two years, eliminates the college experience. What do you guys think?</p>

<p>doesn't USC have some off-campus housing for only >1st year students? I thought I saw it once on its website, but not so sure and forget the web address.</p>

<p>LADodgers, there are many options to get housing after your first year. Don't let that hold you back. Some on-campus housing, but not much, is reserved for sophomores. There are a lot of spaces in off-campus apartments, though, all in the close northern vicinity of campus. None of USC's housing off-campus requires a freeway. Some housing is really, really close off-campus (I'm basically a block away), while other housing facilities are farther (but never really that far away). These farther apartments do have some students driving to and from school, but it really is NOT necessary. Some walk, and many ride their bikes to class. </p>

<p>USC housing does fill up, though, and if for whatever reason you can't get any, there are many other options. Conquest Housing is a popular choice for students. This company has many apartment complexes in the same area as USC's off-campus apartments. They are kept up well, although more on the expensive side. There are also other companies like this that you can look into if you choose not to go the USC housing route. There are also independent apartments. Some students also choose (not because they are forced) to live in nice apartments downtown. </p>

<p>You definitely don't have to lose the college experience if you don't want to. The apartment I am in is right between campus and the Row and are very social.</p>

<p>You can check out the options at housing.usc.edu. There is a map there that shows where the locations of the apartments are, although it makes things seem farther apart than they really are.</p>

<p>Thanks for your help. Anyone else?</p>

<p>Overall, how is the area?</p>

<p>Yeah, most people WANT to move out of university housing after their freshman year so that they don't have to worry about RA's and pulled fire alarms. There is a ton of housing right around campus, where most students live....there is actually another post on this somewhere...you should look around this sight a little.</p>

<p>i saw a suite style area downtown in where my friend, who goes to usc, lives and it was the nicest thign alive; i really want to know how much they cost, but it was seriously so nice and he sayd that many usc kids live there so i guess it wouldn't be too bad socially</p>

<p>Eh, downtown is pretty expensive...my guess is that you are talking about the medici...not all that many SC students live there, but some do. I believe rent for a 2 br there is like 2500 a month, so split that based on however many people are living there.</p>

<p>Most people live just north of campus in the little rectangle created by vermont, adams, fig, and jefferson.</p>

<p>Is the housing off campus adequate? By adequate I mean is it a good place to live for a college student? Is it worth the price? And for the person who asked if downtown was expensive, yes, it is. It's downtown Los Angeles.</p>

<p>Fight On!</p>

<p><a href="http://www.conquesthousing.com%5B/url%5D"&gt;www.conquesthousing.com&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>They are the biggest provider of off-campus housing, though there are many other options...I'd say that's fairly representative...you be the judge.</p>

<p>Off-campus housing is adequate, depending who provides it. If it is USC, then yes, most will be a decent place to live, although some are better than others. Pricewise, it will always be somewhat expensive, just because you're in LA, but compared to other options, USC is pretty good. Conquest Housing provides nice places to live, but more expensive. Nupac Housing is another company that provides housing, but some of their places seem kind of sketchy, although I've never been inside. Independent apartments can be nice or not so much, it all depends. There are also a lot of houses in the area. Many are gorgeous Victorian homes, but not all of them are kept up as well.</p>

<p>There is definitely housing appropriate for college students, because, well, that's what a lot of the housing is built for. The quality of the building, as well as the fun you'll have as a college student, all depends.</p>

<p>I just found this link: </p>

<p><a href="http://www.usc.edu/student-affairs/OIS/NewStud/hunting.html%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://www.usc.edu/student-affairs/OIS/NewStud/hunting.html&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>This describes where students live around campus, and has links to some other companies that offer apartments in the area, besides Conquest.</p>

<p>is it possible to reserve a lease for a conquest apartment and cancel it before the lease starts (without losing money)? i ask this because i'm trying to transfer to usc but won't find out until like may 10 if i got in. i really want to have an apartment close to school.</p>

<p>How early do you have to start the process to have a legitimate shot at getting an apartment?</p>

<p>Fight On!</p>

<p>Oxygen, I would check for that info on Conquest's website that trojangirlie gave. </p>

<p>FresnoTrojan, are you an incoming freshmen or transfer? If you are a freshmen, you won't have to worry about getting a USC apt until around Jan or Feb of next year. If you are a transfer, then USC housing is already filled up for next year, but you can get on the waitlist, or start looking right now for other options. If you're a transfer, I would start looking ASAP.</p>

<p>I am a transfer. When you say USC housing, do you mean apartments as well? If that's the case, will pretty much have to stay somewhere far from campus?</p>

<p>Fight On!</p>

<p>Yes, that includes apartments. The USC housing process started in January, I believe. So, basically, while you are not guaranteed a spot in USC apartments, you can put your name on the waiting list (I was placed off the wait list this year, so it happens). You will be far down on the waiting list, though, so I recommend checking out Conquest and the other companies. Just because you won't get USC housing, does not mean you are far from campus. There are plenty of options all around the areas where USC housing is, north of campus. You will only be far from campus if you choose to be.</p>