Transportation at USC

USC Transportation
Bicycle
Public Transportation
Cars
Car Rentals
Zimride Rideshare Community

USC Transportation

The USC Transportation office provides information on various transportation options. 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 for commuters and students living on campus. Bikes are allowed everywhere at USC except indoors. Bike stands are provided outside many buildings on 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 several locations, such as a bike store at University Village or Lion's Bike Shop at 29th Street and Vermont.

There may be some for sale at USC.forsale. When purchasing a bike, USC DPS recommends buying a bike lock and ALWAYS locking your bike.

Public Transportation

  • The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) offers bus and rail lines. The website provides a helpful trip planner and comprehensive information about routes. The Metro Expo Line stops at Exposition Blvd. near campus. On the map, the Expo line is light blue and originates in Culver City. Metro trains and buses cost $1.50 each way.
  • The Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) offers the DASH and Commuter Express bus lines. The DASH F runs around the perimeter of USC main campus and costs $0.50 each way. DASH buses are the best way to get around downtown.
  • The Metrolink is Southern California’s commuter train service that serves areas 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 form of transportation in Los Angeles. Purchasing a car requires a lot of research and, by law, auto insurance. If buying a used car, be sure to have it checked by a mechanic before making an agreement or payment. The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website provides guidelines on purchasing a motor vehicleStudents should know their rights and responsibilities before buying a vehicle,

Students 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 is good option for students going on a day trip or short holiday. The USC Transportation Office provides Zipcars, a car-sharing service for USC students, faculty, and staff. For information on foreign drivers, click here.

Zimride Rideshare Community

USC’s private Zimride rideshare community helps students, staff, and faculty find and share rides with one another. You can register for an account with a valid USC email address at http://zimride.usc.edu. 

If you have a car, post your commute or one-time trip and you’ll be matched with others looking for a ride. If you don’t have a car, post the ride you need and find others driving the same route. Sign up at http://zimride.usc.edu.