Where you should live is very much a matter of personal choice. There isn’t an overall “best” housing facility. Look through the descriptions of freshman buildings and see which fit your personal preferences.
While some of our buildings have special interest programs geared toward particular academic fields (such as the Music Floor or Women in Science and Engineering), in general, where you live has little to do with your major. As a freshman, your classes are likely to be spread around campus rather than concentrated in a specific location. The USC campus is relatively small and academic buildings are just a 10 or 15 minute walk from freshman housing.
Since our housing facilities are used year-round, tours of living areas are not possible. Buildings will be pointed out during freshman orientations in the summer. Please check out the individual pages for buildings you are interested in on this website for pictures, descriptions and floorplans.
May 1 is the application deadline for freshmen to be guaranteed a space in housing, but they are not guaranteed a particular space. Assignments are made based on application date, so those students who applied early, well before May 1, had the best chances to get their top preferences.
Returning residents may apply for housing for the upcoming year through our USC Housing Renewal process (UHR). Current freshmen applying to return to housing for their sophomore year are guaranteed housing if they participate in UHR and follow all the necessary procedures. UHR takes place January through March each year. More information about next year’s UHR will be available in December.
Check here for more information on spring housing.