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
SChalom HousingParkside ApartmentsCHAL
Somerville PlaceFluor TowerSMRV
Sustainable LivingCardinal 'n' GoldSUST
Women in Science & EngineeringInternational Residential CollegeWISE

How to Apply

Only some communities will require an additional 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. Also, check to make sure you are eligible (e.g. certain qualifications are required to live in University Residential College at Birnkrant).

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

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

Latino Floors (Fluor Tower) – Contact El Centro Chicano by calling (213) 740-1480 or visit their website.

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.

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

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.

Sustainable Living (Cardinal ‘n’ Gold) and Annenberg Communications (Annenberg House) – the supplemental applications for these programs found can be found here.

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

Rainbow Floor (Century Apartments) – Contact the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Resource Center by visiting their website.

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