My freshman year I lived in Parkside Arts and Humanities Residential College (PAHRC). There are three buildings that actually make up the Parkside area: Parkside Apartments (1 or 2 bedroom apartments that include a living room and kitchen), and Parkside Arts and Humanities Residential College (PAHRC) and Parkside International Residential College (PIRC) (both fairly new buildings with suite style living). Parkside has a giant grassy field right out front where you can see lots of students tanning, playing frisbee or throwing a baseball. PAHRC focuses on bring the arts and humanities to its residents and includes a music floor for students interested in music. PIRC tends to have a lot of international students living there. PAHRC and PIRC both have suite style living that includes 5-8 students living in a suite. I lived in an 8 person suite, with 4 bedrooms (2 people per bedroom), and 2 bathrooms. It was nice having 8 roommates because it allowed me to get the chance to get to know more girls than just my roommate. It just so happened that all of us were from out of state too, so I got lots of different perspectives from my other roommates.
Although, the building is in the far corner of campus, the best thing about PAHRC was the location. Right across the street is the Viterbi School of Engineering which made it more convenient if I ever needed to go to Ronald Tutor Hall, the main engineering building. Parkside cafe is also right downstairs. I loved having the dining hall so close because even if all I wanted was an apple for a snack, it wasn’t that big of a deal to just walk right on down stairs. Parkside International College, a similar building to PAHRC that’s right next door, also has a small gym which gave me more motivation to get my exercise every day. The Parkside area is also known to be the more quiter dorms on campus. Because you aren’t near the main quad where most of the events are held, you don’t have to worry about loud music or people keeping you up at night.
Each USC housing has its own building government that plans yearly events throughout the year. Although PAHRC doesn’t have a signature event, they do have a tradition of planning one big event each semester. My year we had a Halloween Carnival in the fall and a Screen on the Green movie night on the lawn out front.
Here’s a picture of the common room. There’s a small table and a few chairs and one giant cork board. I really enjoyed decorating our common room for holidays.
Here’s an example of the floor plan for PAHRC suites