Housing

See what it's like to live on campus!


We've got the scoop on what it's like to live, study, work, and play on campus.

Watch the video below to see housing options and how current students live on campus.

  • Dorm

    Traditional dorms are a great opportunity to meet a ton of people. Most students share a room with a new friend (however, single options are available), as well as a common bathroom, lounge, and study area.

  • Apartment

    Apartments are equipped with a full fridge, stove, oven, and storage space. Living in an apartment also gives you access to one or two private bathrooms as well as a living room area with a couch and coffee table.

  • Suite

    Suites are usually shared among anywhere between 2 to 8 students and have private access to one or two bathrooms. Suites feature a mini-fridge and microwave right in your room, unlike apartments which have a full kitchen and living room.

“Birnkrant has a rep of being “8 floors of open doors” and that definitely held true my freshman year!! My floor was super close from the beginning, and we played intramural soccer together, had floor-wide murder mystery dinners, learned cheer routines and even all went to Berkeley for the weekender.”Rhea, Biomedical Engineering '19

Where you'll live is just as important as how you'll live. Learn what the different areas of campus have to offer.


“My favorite part about New North was getting to meet and live with students from various different backgrounds and disciplines across the school!”Will, Computer Science '21

Check out more videos about USC Housing options!


USC Housing Details

Dorm Room Inspiration!


1st Year Essentials


  • Two Sets of Sheets
  • Mattress Topper
  • Towels
  • Lamp
  • Laundry Basket
  • Pens, Pencils, and a Stapler
  • Fan (if living in a dorm without A/C)
  • Power Strips
  • Microwavable Dishes
  • Storage Bins
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Umbrella (it does rain!)
  • Shower Shoes and Shower Caddy (for dorms)
    “My favorite thing about McCarthy was how much of a community my floor became. We’d all hang out almost every day, whether we were studying, watching movies, or catching up on each other’s lives. It really made my dorm feel like a home away from home!”Miles, Mechanical Engineering '21

    You might be wondering...

    Before housing is decided, you will make a personal profile that evaluates your preferred living habits. That profile is used to recommend a roommate if you chose to go ‘random’. If you already know someone attending you can request to live together. A lot of new students meet on unofficial social media accounts and find their 1st year roommate online!

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