University of Southern California

SCampus Student Guidebook

Student Services

Commuter Students

USC offers a wide array of services and events for commuter and transfer students to become more involved on campus and in the community. To start off the new academic year, Undergraduate Student Government sponsors a commuter and transfer student picnic in Alumni Park.

Undergraduate Student Government includes five commuter senators who represent non-greek students living outside the 90007 and 90089 zip codes. These senators are available to direct you to resources and to represent your concerns to university administration.


USC’s arts and events calendar ( includes a full list of music, exhibits, theatre, public lectures and athletic events.


The Office of Campus Activities, located in the Tutor Campus Center, offers a variety of opportunities for student involvement and leadership development. A searchable list of USC’s 750 plus student organizations is available online at Student organizations are grouped by type, including academic, cultural, political, recreational, religious/spiritual, residential, service and social groups.

Campus Activities sponsors an Involvement Fair during the first week of fall and spring semesters. All recognized student organizations and departments are invited to showcase their organizations and to recruit new members. More than 250 organizations and departments participate in the fair each year.


For the latest campus news, turn to USC’s student newspaper – the Daily Trojan – available daily in print and electronic form. A special orientation issue is available during Welcome Week that includes more information about campus programs, services and events. To view the newspaper online, visit


Campus parking can be an important aspect of college life. We strongly encourage all students to explore the many parking and commuting options available at

For Commuter and On-campus Residents

If you plan to commute to campus or will live on campus and need to park your vehicle, we encourage you to apply for one of our commuter or on-campus parking permits.

For Off-campus Residential Students

If you will be living at an off-campus USC housing location and need to park your vehicle, you will need to apply for a residential parking permit.

Dates and Deadlines

Fall/spring student parking permits will be awarded through a lottery selection process. The lottery registration period will begin on May 1 and the deadline to register is June 30 at noon. Beginning July 9 at noon, remaining permits may be purchased online on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call USC Transportation at (213) 740-3575 or visit


Commuter Connections, USC’s ridesharing program, offers alternative options for getting to campus.


Whether you have a car or need a ride, USC’s Zimride community can help you find carpool partners. Just log on to, post your commute and Zimride will help you find others going the same way you are.

Carpooling gives you a chance to relax, save money on gasoline, parking costs, vehicle maintenance and insurance, and helps to ease traffic and reduce pollution. The basic carpool consists of two to four USC faculty, staff or students who ride to campus together in one vehicle. As an added incentive, carpools receive discounted parking.


If your schedule coincides with more traditional workday hours, a vanpool may work for you. The vanpool program is designed to reduce the cost and hassle of traveling to campus by providing affordable shared transportation for employees and students. For a monthly or daily fee, you can get a ride to and from campus from a variety of cities. For more information, visit

Public Transportation

If you rely on public transportation, USC Transportation can provide you with maps, schedules and general information about the lines/systems that service USC. In addition, the office sells monthly transit passes and stamps for the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) Dash and Commuter Express buses, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Metro buses and subways, and Metrolink trains between the 25th and 10th of each month. Students can purchase passes at a discounted rate. Visit for more information.

For additional information on public transportation options, visit:

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