When you think about your hopes for your college experience, you envision a new of life. You imagine sharing ideas and experiences with a rich array of fascinating people. You can find that way of life in USC’s special interest housing diversity of communities that bring students and faculty together to share living and learning experiences. These communities feature activities and programs, both formal and informal, that enhance and expand your university life. For more information about these programs, please visit the USC Residential Education website.

 

Special Interest CommunityBuilding LocationCode
Annenberg CommunicationsAnnenberg HouseCOMM
Arts & Architecture FloorArts & Humanities Residential CollegeARFL
Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi American Leadership CommunityBirnkrant Residential CollegeAPIDA
Business FloorPardee TowerBUSI
Cinema FloorNew Residential CollegeCINE
El Sol y La Luna Latino FloorFluor TowerLATF
GO! Great Outdoors FloorMarks TowerDOOR
Muslim HousingParkside ApartmentsMSLM
Parkside Second Year ExperienceParkside ApartmentsPSYE
Performing & Creative ArtsArts & Humanities Residential CollegePCAF
Rainbow FloorCentury ApartmentsRAIN
ShalomParkside ApartmentsCHAL
Somerville PlaceFluor TowerSMRV
Sophomore Honors (Ilium Residential College) Cowlings and Ilium Residential CollegeILIM
Sustainable LivingCardinal 'N GoldSUST
Women in Science & EngineeringInternational Residential CollegeWISE

How to Apply

Some communities will require an additional, or supplemental, application. If one or more of these special interest communities seems right for you, please be sure to complete the housing application and indicate the program(s) that match your interests, as well as the required supplemental application.

To learn more about which programs require supplemental applications, please visit the Residential Education website.

Some special interest communities are located in freshman buildings and primarily available only to incoming freshmen. 

Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi American Leadership Community (Birnkrant) – Learn more.

El Sol y La Luna Latino Floors (Fluor Tower) – Learn more.

International Residential College at Parkside including the Women in Science and Engineering Floor or Arts and Humanities College at Parkside including Performing & Creative Arts or Art & Architecture Floors  – Supplemental applications found can be found here for these programs.

Somerville Place (Fluor Tower) – Contact the Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs by calling (213) 740-8257 by e-mail.

Some special interest communities are located in buildings for upperclassmen and primarily available only to continuing and transferring undergraduates.

Annenberg Communications (Annenberg House) – the supplemental applications for this program found can be found here.

Sophomore Honors (Ilium Residential College) – This program is available only to current freshman residents of McCarthy Honors College with qualifying scholarships who are participating in University Housing Renewal. The supplemental applications for this program found can be found here.

Parkside Second Year Experience (Parkside Apartments) – This program is available only to current freshman residents of IRC or PRB who are participating in University Housing Renewal. The supplemental applications for this program found can be found here.

Sustainable Living (Cardinal ‘N Gold)  – the supplemental applications for this program found can be found here.

West Residential College Second Year Experience (Webb Tower) – This program is available only to current freshman residents of Fluor Tower who are participating in University Housing Renewal. The supplemental application for this program found can be found here.

The following communities are available to undergraduates of any class standing.

Shalom and Muslim Floors (Parkside Apartments)Supplemental applications found can be found here for these programs.

Rainbow Floor (Century Apartments) – Learn more.