Life in Los Angeles

USC’s main campuses can be found in the heart of Los Angeles. Located near Exposition Park, just three miles from Downtown, the University Park Campus is home to the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and a majority of our 18 professional schools. Situated seven miles east of the University Park Campus, the Health Sciences Campus is home to the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

A world leader in aerospace, entertainment, fashion, technology, telecommunications, biomedicine and trade, Los Angeles offers prime opportunities to expand your learning outside the classroom through internships and community service programs, as well as an array of cultural experiences. The Natural History Museum, the California Science Center and an IMAX movie theatre are all located across from the University Park Campus. The extraordinary Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the quirky Museum of Jurassic Technology, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall — home to the L.A. Philharmonic — are all within driving distance. Many of these attractions can also be easily reached via the city’s growing public transportation network.

The amazingly diverse terrain of the region bathes students in a remarkable climate and makes possible an enormous range of outdoor activities. No urban area in the country is as densely populated yet has so much open space, from the miles of sun-dappled beaches to the horse-riding trails and observatory of Griffith Park to uninterrupted miles of chaparral and trails in Topanga State Park. No matter your interests, hobbies or academic and career goals, you will find a vast array of opportunities to explore the resources this dynamic world center has to offer.