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 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 local used bike store around campus or 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.

Public Transportation

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. 

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 who are already driving the same way. Sign up at http://zimride.usc.edu.