Transportation at USC

USC Transportation
Bicycle
Public Transportation
Cars
Car Rentals

USC Transportation

The USC Transportation office provides information on various transportation options for the USC community. This includes USC tram services, Campus Cruisers, and more.  Please visit the USC Transportation Office to learn more details.

Bicycle

Biking is a popular form of transportation at USC. Bikes are allowed everywhere on campus except inside buildings, and there are bike stands outside of many buildings on campus. Special traffic rules apply to cyclists on and off campus, and it is important to be aware of them. Biking to and from campus is ideal for students and scholars who live close to campus. 

The following resources provide guidelines on bicycle safety and traffic rules:

USC Bicycle Policy
Bicycle registration and safety tips from USC Department of Public Safety (DPS)
Getting around USC safely
Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Bicycle Traffic Rules

Bikes can be purchased from a bike store at University Village or there is also a very reasonable store near to campus called Lion's Bike Shop at 29th Street and Vermont. There may be some for sale at USC.forsale. When purchasing a bike, it is crucial to also buy a bike lock, as suggested by USC DPS, and ALWAYS lock your bike both on-campus and at your apartment/dorm.

Public Transportation

  • The Metro System (MTA) offers bus and rail lines, and its website provides comprehensive information about routes and a helpful trip planner. Here is a link showing the Rail Lines. On Exposition Avenue by USC runs the Metro Expo Rail Line which goes directly into a main connect hub called 7th St/Metro Center. You can access both the Metro Red Line that goes to Union Station here, as well as Blue Line to Long Beach. Metro trains and busses cost $1.50 each way. On the map the Expo line is a light blue and originates in Culver City.
  • The Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) offers the DASH and Commuter Express bus lines. The DASH F runs around the permimeter of USC main campus and costs $0.50 each way. DASH buses are the best way to get around downtown: DASH routes.
  • The Metrolink is Southern California’s commuter train service that serves routes outside of Los Angeles County.

The USC Transportation Office provides details on discounted transit passes for USC students, faculty and staff.

Cars

Cars are the most popular and convenient form of transportation in Los Angeles.  Purchasing a car costs several thousands of dollars and purchasing one involves a lot of research and purchasing auto insurance. If buying a used car, it is advisable to have it checked by a mechanic before making any agreement or payment. Before buying a vehicle, students and scholars should know their rights and responsibilities. The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website provides guidelines on purchasing a motor vehicle.

Students and scholars who own cars and are interested in purchasing a USC parking permit should visit the Transportation Office website to view parking options on and around campus.

Car Rentals

Renting a car may be a good option for students and scholars, especially when it is for a day trip or a short holiday. The USC Transportation Office provides Zipcars, a car-sharing service for USC students, faculty and staff. Info for Foreign Drivers.