Immediately across the street from UPC is the University Village (UV), which has a food court and Superior Grocery store along with small service shops. There is a Fresh and Easy grocery store at the corner of Figueroa and Jefferson. Ralph’s grocery store is north of campus at the intersection of Vermont and Adams. You can take either the Metro Buses 794 (red) or 204 (orange) and Ralph’s has a courtesy shuttle to drop students back to UPC.
Items for Residence Hall or Apartment
The USC Bookstore is much more than just a bookstore. In the Fall, besides stocking standard school supplies (i.e. pens, paper, and notebooks) and also class specific supplies (i.e. scientific calculators, lab materials and art materials), they also have residence hall and apartment items such as bed sheets/linens, pillows, mattress pads, comforters and bathroom items (i.e., towels and shower caddies). The Bookstore also has in stock storage items to keep a room organized, ranging from small storage containers to closet storage including hangers.
Other typical large stores to purchase household items are Walmart and Target although the closest locations to UPC must be driven to by car. For immediate needs and smaller items, take the 200 metro bus north from UPC that goes up Hoover/Alvardo Streets. At the Wilshire stop there is a 99 Cent Only store and a few stops beyond a Ross and a Dollar Tree store at the Maryland stop. Also, at the intersection of 7th and Flower there is a Macy’s department store which also has a wide selection of clothing items. Take either the DASH F or the Metro 81.
In the U.S. there are large groupings of stores for shopping that are typically called shopping malls or shopping centers. There are currently none immediately nearby UPC but ask current USC students where they go to obtain items such as clothing, gifts and do other shopping.
Most students purchase used furniture from current USC students or buy from local stores that are found in the nearby area. IKEA, Walmart and Target are also popular options. Additionally, there are informal listserves to buy/sell items such as the USC.forsale Google group that can be joined by setting up a Google account and Los Angeles Craigslist.
Most students fill their medical prescriptions at the USC Pharmacy on first floor Student Union. There is also a CVS Pharmacy at the ground level of Gateway Student Housing, corner of Figueroa and 32nd streets. Other typical Pharmacy or Drugstores are Walgreens and Rite Aid.