When you go to college at USC, you benefit from being able to enjoy all that one of the country’s largest cities has to offer in your free time. Beaches, museums, hikes, sports, restaurants – the list goes on and on! Check out some of the cities best nature experiences here, as well as some of my favorite LA activities. Now you have a better idea of where to go, but you may still be asking, “How do I get there?” Not only is LA large in terms of population, but it’s also pretty spread out geographically. This can seem daunting to people when they first move here, especially if they are from a more condensed city. Luckily, there are several options for you, especially as a future freshman, to use!
Yes, LA does have a light rail public transportation system! You can get almost anywhere you need to go in LA by riding the metro, including Hollywood, Pasadena, the airport, and soon, Santa Monica. If you’re going to be traveling a little further, you can take the Metro to Downtown Union Station and find a train to take you where you want to go. It’s especially easy to get downtown by metro. There are three stops by USC, and within a 5-10 minute ride, you can go to a Kings game at Staples Center, see a movie at LA Live, or go shopping at Fig at 7th.
Another popular way for students to get around is ZipCar. There are a few ZipCars parked around campus which you can rent for a couple hours or a whole day depending on your needs. You just play one flat rate, and everything else (gas, insurance, etc.) is included! If you don’t want to spend time figuring out the legs of a trip on public transportation, or want to ensure you make it to a special appointment, use a ZipCar!
USC also provides a bus service that connects the main campus to Union Station downtown, the health sciences campus, or other satellite USC locations such as the Information Sciences Institute. In addition, a local tram service allows students who live near campus but a little far to walk to ride to campus every day. For late night trips, if you are returning home from the library or a friend’s apartment late at night and would prefer a ride, USC’s Campus Cruiser would be happy to pick you up and help you out!