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Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I park my car?
- Where's the best place to live and how
do I find housing?
SIR students live throughout the greater LA area: LA, Mid-Wilshire
district, San Pedro, Pasadena, Silver Lake, Alhambra, Venice, Long Beach,
Riverside, and North of USC campus. With a car, you are only constrained
by your budget, and tolerance for traffic. Without a car, living near
campus (north) may be your best bet. Often, you can find "for rent" signs by
driving around your chosen neighborhood and calling the listed phone
number. Good sources are the LA Times and Craigslist for apartment listings (see
links below and under Useful links).
in Los Angeles
Thai Student Association has a helpful overview of some LA
- What about safety on and around campus?
Campus safety and security is priority for
the Department of Public
Safety. The on and off-campus tram service operates Monday through
Friday, and “Campus Cruiser,” the student escort service, is available
seven days a week, from 5:00 PM to 3:00 AM. To request an escort, on the
University Park Campus, call (213) 740-4911. On the Health Sciences
Campus, call (323) 442-2100.
Trojan Transportation services for information of parking, permits,
trams, Campus Cruiser, and other transportation-related information.
There are also four-hour parking meters on most sides of the University
Where can I get stuff for my apartment near campus?
The USC Bookstore is a good start. There is also
a Target a short drive west of campus. Take Jefferson, turn left on La Cienega and the store is on the right
(West side of street); there are also Ikea's in Burbank and Carson which
require a bit of a drive.
What sort of
additional financial support is available for doctoral students?
The School of International Relations provides grants for students presenting
papers at academic conferences as well as other academic activities. You
will receive frequent email notifying you a potential funding
opportunities. The graduate student senate also
provides funds for conference travel.