How to: College as an International Student

Vanessa Pangbourne Social & Diversity, Trojan Spirit, Vanessa, Why USC Leave a Comment

The transition from high school to university is a huge one as is, but I also moved countries when I was moving into my freshman year dorm. Two years before that I moved from Santiago, Chile to Vancouver, Canada and I moved between countries a handful of other times too. As an International student, there are a few extra things …

The Roommate Sitch: Is Going Random Really that Bad?

Namita Prakash Dorm, Housing, Namita Leave a Comment

You’ve been admitted to USC, you’ve picked out where you want to live, and you’re really excited to come here. There’s one problem though—you’ve no idea what’s up with all those Facebook roommate search groups. Do you need to find a roommate yourself? Will you be doomed to a terrible roommate if you allow USC’s housing system to do its magic? The …

BK4Life: The Best Residential College on Campus

Celeste Goodwin Biomedical, Celeste, Dorm, Housing, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life, Why USC Leave a Comment

During the summer before I came to USC as a freshman, I was freaking out about where I was going to live. I watched every Youtube video, read every blog, and read the housing website seemingly hundreds of times. What I decided upon was Birnkrant, the honors dorm with a traditional dorm style. I now know that I definitely made …

Housing From Freshman to Senior Year

ellen-2017 Apartment, Dorm, Ellen Leave a Comment

Hi! This week I’m going to tell you a little bit about where I’ve lived throughout my time at USC.  I’ve done a little bit of everything in terms of housing from the traditional freshman dorm, to a large apartment with lots of roommates, to a smaller apartment.  I’ve really enjoyed all the places I’ve lived near campus, and I …

Hey MTV, Welcome to my Cribs

Shayna Goldberger Apartment, Dorm, Shayna Leave a Comment

I’ve done a lot of things in my time at USC, which unfortunately includes: moving. And a lot of it. Each year I’ve lived in a different place, and here’s my little summary of each one. Freshman Year: Dorm After getting into USC the first thing I did was put in my housing application for New/North aka the coolest freshman …

Why the Suite Life is so Sweet

anya-2017 Anya, Housing, Suite Leave a Comment

When I was looking at the options for freshman housing, I didn’t know how to choose. Flipping through the USC housing catalog, you could see all the options of places to live and their amenities, but it nothing about the personality of the building itself. Each dorm on campus truly has a unique experience that comes with living there, and …

Parkside Darkside?? 5 Reasons Why Reality Shatters Expectations

Jose Hernandez Industrial and Systems, Jose, Suite Leave a Comment

After choosing USC, the next item on my to-do list was deciding which dorm I was going to live in. Needless to say, the process of picking a residence hall included many hours of online research, and combing through forums and blogs, which only resulted in more indecision. It seemed like there were endless options, and I wanted to find …

Luke, Come to the Parkside

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If it isn’t apparent by the title, I absolutely love Star Wars. I always carry my stylish R2D2 mug with me. My R2D2 mug has been with me since since high school. I’ve drank coffee from it in my home in Denver, my freshman dorm in Parkside IRC, my internship apartment in Bakersfield, and my sophomore apartment at Cardinal Gardens. …

Freshman Housing – Birnkrant

alexb-2017 Alex B., Dorm Leave a Comment

Hey y’all! Hope your semester is going well and that you are almost ready to make your big college decision! After choosing where you will attend, the next big decision you have to make is where you will live freshman year. At USC you are required to live on campus as a freshman, but don’t worry because it is honestly …

My Freshman Home: Parkside

Hannah Hannah, Suite Leave a Comment

I’ve lived in University Housing all 4 years but I still remember a lot of the fun times I had my Freshman year in IRC Parkside. I chose my freshman housing purely based on the different types of amenities available.  I was looking for housing that had: air conditioning and a more private bathroom vs. a community bathroom.  For me, …

New School, New Dorm: Intro to New/North

Naish Dorm, Naish, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

Applying to schools was challenging enough. Now, your faced with another important, and exciting, decision that will literally define where you live your freshman year of school. Don’t sweat it. It’s not a huge deal. I know there’s a lot of discussion about “which dorm is best”, but in reality, the people define the experience. That being said, it’s also …

The best dorm – Pardee!

Kelly Dorm, Kelly Leave a Comment

With only a few weeks left of college, it is crazy to look back at all the great things I’ve got to experience here at USC. And surprisingly, one of the favorite parts of college was actually getting to live in the dorms my freshmen year. I know a lot of people get nervous with the idea of having to …

Five Most Important Tips for Your First Week

Maria Maria 1 Comment

Listen up! I’m about to educate you on how to be successful in college starting from week one. Here are tried and true methods to get your first year off to an amazing start! Disclaimer: They are a bit cheesy, but they worked for me. Say Hi to Everyone in the Elevator I’m serious, I know it sounds cheesy but …

Moving out: Resources

Hannah Hannah Leave a Comment

With the last week of classes just around the corner and the thought of finals looming ahead, stress levels are starting rise as students not only rush to study but figure out their plans to move out.  While it may seem like there’s a lot on our plate, each task is more than manageable–especially if we know of the right resources available. If …