• Laptop or tablet and charger for course registration.
  • Casual attire, jacket and comfortable shoes.
  • Refillable water bottle.
  • Umbrella (weather in December and January can be unpredictable).
  • Backpack or book bag.
  • Driver’s license or similar photo I.D.
  • Math and Chemistry placement exam results.
  • Transcripts of all college coursework.

If you have questions about your Financial Aid Summary, or your financial aid application is not yet complete, bring any necessary financial documents and/or correspondence.

International students should also bring the following items required to complete Passport Verification (PPV). PPV must be completed in order to receive your USCard.

  • Completed New Student/Scholar Information Form.
  • Passport.
  • Page 1 of USC-issued I-20 or USC-issued DS-2020.
  • Completed I-94 printout.
  • Local address and phone number.
  • Address and phone number of an emergency contact in the U.S.
  • Address and phone number of an emergency contact in your home country.

Parents & Guests
  • Casual attire, jacket and comfortable shoes.
  • Umbrella (weather in December and January can be unpredictable).
  • Refillable water bottle.
  • Backpack or book bag.
  • Pen and paper to take notes.

Located near the cultural center of Exposition Park and just minutes from Downtown Los Angeles, the USC University Park Campus (UPC) is easily accessible by major freeways and public transportation. The area also offers a number of hotels and dining options.

Campus Map
Directions to USC
Hotels Near USC
Dining Near USC


USC is accessible via the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Hollywood Burbank Airport.

Ground Transportation

Transportation to and from the airports is available by:

  • Lyft and Uber
    • Ride service pick-up points are available at both LAX and Hollywood Burbank Airport. Please check airport information for pick-up locations. LAX has recently updated their ride hailing and taxi pick-up procedure. Be certain to review the information on their website and allow for extra time.
    • Cost may vary depending on demand. In most cases, a ride will cost approximately $30.
  • Taxi
  • Shuttle Services

If traveling by shuttle service, please remember to make reservations for your return trip to the airport following Orientation. Plan to stay at Orientation until 5:00 p.m.

Give the following address to your driver for the quickest route to USC: 635 McCarthy Way Los Angeles, CA 90089.

L.A. Metro

USC is also accessible via several bus and rail lines, including the Expo Line, which connects the university to both Downtown Los Angeles and the city’s Westside. For more information, please visit

Enter campus at the Royal Street Entrance, located at Jefferson Boulevard and McClintock Avenue. Let the gate attendant know you are attending Orientation. You will be given a parking pass and instructed to park in the Royal Street Structure. Please see this map for reference.

There is no additional charge for parking, and your pass will be valid for the duration of Orientation. However, you must display the pass at all times and obey all posted parking regulations or you will be ticketed.