University of Southern California

USC Benefits

Fitness, wellness and work-life balance

The unique "perks" of working at USC are plentiful, as our young host demonstrates in the video at right. Learn more below.


Enjoy low-cost fitness club benefits at our own Lyon Center at UPC, or at the HSC Fitness Center in the Soto Street Building. USC Recreational Sports offers membership packages at both centers.

    UPC membership includes all these Lyon Center facilities and services:

  • Gyms for basketball, volleyball and badminton
  • Fitness centers
  • Climbing wall
  • Racquetball and squash courts
  • Group exercise, yoga, step, Pilates and SCycling classes
  • Sauna and Jacuzzi
  • Massage therapy and wellness sessions
  • Intramural sports, leagues and tournaments
  • Outdoor adventure rentals
  • Martial arts
  • McDonald's Swim Stadium (outdoor heated pools)
  • and more!
  • HSC membership includes:

  • Group exercise including yoga, aerobics and Pilates
  • Intramural sports
  • Personal training
  • Fitness center
  • Lighted outdoor basketball court
  • Full-service cafĂ©

For more detailed information, see the Rec Sports website.

Healthy Trojans

USC's Healthy Trojans website is a one-stop resource for a wide variety of programs and services related to employee wellness, providing information on topics such as:

  • Policies and activities related to work/family balance
  • Physical wellness
  • Emotional and social wellbeing
  • Community service
  • Spirituality

Center for Work and Family Life

Watch the video to learn about the Center for Work and Family Life.

For over 30 years, the USC Center for Work & Family Life (CWFL) has been a one-stop destination dedicated to helping employees maintain a balance between their personal and professional lives, providing a multitude of services at no charge.

Their employee assistance program offers confidential short-term counseling, coaching and consultation to all active and retired USC employees and their dependent family members.

Professionally trained and licensed staff is available to provide help on a wide range of issues.

The CWFL focuses on 3 key areas of support:

  • Faculty and Staff Assistance Services
  • Faculty, Management and Departmental Consultation
  • Work/Life and Health Promotion Programs

Detailed information about all these services is available at the CWFL website, where you can also find contact and location information (CWFL has offices at both UPC and HSC).

All information regarding your use of our services is kept strictly confidential, with the rare exception when disclosure is required by law. The center goes to great lengths to maintain your right to privacy. No information on your use of the center is ever placed in university or departmental files. Utilization of our services will in no way jeopardize your job security or opportunities for promotion. The center's records are maintained as part of appropriate clinical practice and for internal statistical purposes only.

Commuting, parking, and transportation

    USC Transportation offers:

  • Discounted public transit passes on a pretax basis
  • Parking permits on a pretax basis
  • USC vanpools
  • Carpool assistance through Zimride
  • Rental car discounts
  • Zipcar rentals
  • Tram service in, around and between campuses and to/from Union Station
  • USC gas station


Discounts on Trojan gear and other items are offered to employees at the USC Bookstores.

Ticket office

The USC Ticket Office offers discounts on everything from USC sporting events to Broadway shows! Discounts are also available for local movie theater chains and the big amusement parks.

USC Directory


Your employee ID card doubles as a convenient payment method for many on-campus vendors. See the USCard website for details.

In addition, showing your USC ID may net you discounts at various museums, eateries and other businesses around campus (at the posh L.A. Athletic Club, it nets you a hotel room discount). Don't be afraid to ask if they have a USC discount!

Professional development

Access on-the-job learning resources and programs, including, an online training system offering a vast array of free training programs. Nearly 1,000 video-based technology courses are literally at your fingertips covering everything from web design to digital video to social networking, and much more.


USC employees have their own TV network, featuring staff profiles and stories, benefits information, and more. It's called USCeTV, and it can be viewed at several campus locations. You can also watch at the USCeTV website.

Broadening horizons…

Working at a world-class university, you are guaranteed access to a wide variety of lectures, screenings, plays, concerts, dance performances, art exhibits, and more. The USC Arts and Events calendar keeps you posted on many such offerings, and admission is often free or discounted for employees.

Staff and faculty also have free access to the university's extensive library system. Visit the USC Libraries website for information on how to obtain your library card.

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