When you think about your hopes for your college experience, you may envision expanding your perspective and enriching your 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.

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Special Interest CommunityBuilding LocationCode
Annenberg CommunicationsAnnenberg HouseCOMM
Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi American Leadership CommunityBirnkrant Residential CollegeAPIDA
El Sol y La Luna Latino FloorFluor TowerLATF
Rainbow Floor LGBTQ+ CommunityCentury ApartmentsRAIN
Religion and Spirituality FloorParkside ApartmentsRESP
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

If one of these special interest communities seems right for you, please be sure to indicate that program when completing the housing application.  When applying, some programs will require you to answer additional questions about your interest in the community.

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 – Learn more.

Somerville Place (Fluor Tower) – Learn more.

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

Annenberg Communications (Annenberg House)

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. Learn more.

Sustainable Living (Cardinal ‘N Gold)

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

The Religion and Spirituality Floor (Parkside Apartments) – Learn more.

Rainbow Floor LGBTQ+ Community (Century Apartments) – Learn more.