Living the Student Life

Getting Around

Many international students without cars use bikes, USC tram buses, and public transportation to get around USC’s University Park Campus (UPC). This section guides international students to some of the main venues for shopping, entertainment, and sightseeing with possible Los Angeles Metro transportation options. Students can search for a venue/store near main campus and obtain directions by entering the main campus zipcode (90089) on Google Maps

Most store websites also have a “store locator” information section with addresses and hours of operation.

On Exposition Avenue, the Metro Expo Rail Line runs directly to a main connect hub, 7th St/Metro Center. Students can access both the Metro Red Line that goes to Union Station here, as well as Blue Line to Long Beach. Metro trains cost $1.50 each way. On the Rail Map, the Expo line is a light blue and originates in Culver City.

The two bus lines near UPC are the DASH F which costs $0.50 each way and Metro buses, which cost $1.50 each way. The DASH F stops on the south and north sides of campus and the Metro buses 81 and 200 have stops along Figueroa on the east side of campus.

The DASH F also stops at the intersection of 7th and Figueroa downtown where there is access to the Metro train systems Red and Blue Lines. The Red Line goes east to Union Station and west to Hollywood and Universal Studios. The Blue Line runs south to Long Beach.

Due to the urban nature of the larger area around USC, students who are visiting venues off campus should bike, drive, or take a bus. Be extra cautious at night.

Students should review additional information on transportation options on the OIS website.