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April 18, 2014

Applying For Housing

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Attention USC admitted students!

Have you applied for housing yet? Well you should because the application is due on May 1st. If you are a student admitted in the spring semester, your housing application can be accepted beginning July 1st.

The campus life at USC is vibrant and bustling; there is something happening all the time. One big reason why is because of our housing opportunities. We are able to guarantee university housing for our freshmen and sophomore classes. Living on campus is not mandatory, but most students will take us up on that guarantee in the first two years. Regardless of what option they choose, they will find it easy to meet other students, eat, study and do laundry.


  • Residence Halls
  • These are traditional dorms where you will share a room with one other person. There are community bathrooms on the same floor. Most freshmen will live in a residence hall.

  • Suites
  • Freshmen have three suite-style buildings to choose from on campus. These are a group of rooms that share a bathroom and a living room. Most of our suites house 8 students in double rooms.

  • Apartments
  • If you want more room and privacy, you may choose to live in an apartment. They have the same programming as all other freshmen housing on campus so you’ll have the same opportunities to meet new students. Also, if you’re someone who loves home-cooked meals, all apartments come with kitchens!

All first-year housing options are residential colleges which means that faculty masters also reside in the buildings. Their purpose is to provide programming and assistance for students and help bridge the gap between faculty and student. The transition from high school to college can be a process so living in a residential college helps address some of those challenges.

So apply ASAP! Even if you have not yet decided on USC, it is still possible to apply. For more information, please go to the USC Housing website or watch the video below.

Housing for Freshmen from uschousing on Vimeo.


  1. Brooke Sassa says:

    I’m an admitted student and I applied for housing but just because I applied doesn’t mean I have to live in the dorm, correct?

  2. Ishika Agrawal says:

    I understand that the application is due on May 1st, which is today.
    I have started my housing application and filled in my room preferences. I am unsure of the next steps; do I have to choose a roommate right now too or can I do this later?
    Also when I go to the next step, step 8, it says that I have not been assigned a room, and so when I go to confirmation payment, step 9, it says I must first reserve a room.
    I have received an email stating that my $55 application processing fee has been received.

  3. Brianna thomas says:

    I am currently considering USC. I would be coming in as a freshmen but highly prefer to live off campus due to family being up there. Is there any leeway for freshmen to not live on campus simply because it’s easier? Or is it’s 100% not an option to freshmen to live off campus?

    • Brittany Baker-Brousseau says:

      Hi, Brianna! It is entirely up to you whether you live on campus (we recommend it, but don’t require it).

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