USC is located in the heart of Los Angeles. Just 5 minutes from downtown, its location is optimal to reach any point of LA.
Looking at this map, it shows how central USC is. All the circled locations are within a 30 minute radius, except Malibu which is about 40 minutes, making USC a great spot to begin exploring different LA spots. The beach cities Santa Monica, Venice, Malibu and then Manhattan, Hermosa, and Redondo beach are all close by allowing for endless water activities. Some beaches are renowned for surfing, swimming, cliff jumping, or exploring caves. Away from the beach, there is all of downtown to check out. The financial district is at the center of it, but then there are many neighborhoods celebrating different cultures. Chinatown, Koreatown, Little Tokyo, and Olvera Street are just a few examples of places I visit to enjoy more authentic meals. Lastly, Hollywood, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and Westwood all have cool places to walk around. Asides from these specific locations I mentioned, there are endless activities to do in Los Angeles, Griffith Observatory is super cool for stargazing, there’s plenty of cool nature spots to hike on, and fun nightlife. Even after 3 years in Los Angeles, I still feel there is so much more to check out and am looking forward to some new adventures!