USC Transportation's NEW Survival Guide!
Many students find the best way to get around campus is by bicycle. A good idea is to buy a used bike from a student, from a local bike shop or out of the newspaper called the “Recycler.” Recyclers for the Los Angeles area can be purchased at the local markets. You shouldn’t spend much more than $50.00 for a used bike. Once you have a bike, buy a good lock, then be sure to register it with the Department of Safety located in Parking Structure A.
The University Tram Service provides transportation to and from off-campus housing, campus parking areas, Health Science campus, and Union Station. Free, university-owned trams operate in the area north of the University Park campus, from 7:30 a.m. to 11:50 p.m., Monday through Friday. Students, staff, faculty and university guests may use the trams. Trams A and B leave regularly from the University Park Campus (including directly in front of the Academy office) and make scheduled stops near all USC-owned apartment buildings and the area north of campus. Schedules are available from Transportation Services.
The USC Campus Cruiser program offers safety escorts during the evening hours by providing a walking, bicycle, or vehicle escort within the University of Southern California community. The program provides a safe, courteous, efficient, and reliable service to and from a residence or any campus facility not served by the tram service and within our boundaries.
The USC Campus Cruiser program supplements the services offered by trams and is provided to protect the safety of all students, staff, faculty and University guests. Generally, you may be escorted to a destination within one mile from the center of campus. All you need to do is call (213) 740-4911 and tell them where you need to go. The dispatcher will send someone to pick you up, usually within 10 to 20 minutes, depending on demand.
Campus Cruiser Service begins operation at 5 p.m., seven days a week, except university holidays. The last call for service is taken at 2:45 a.m. From 3 to 7 a.m. on Monday through Saturday mornings, service is provided from Leavey Library only. Summer session hours are different.
For more information about Campus Cruiser services please call (213)740-3575.
The Department of Public Safety (DPS) serves as the campus police and coordinates all university security programs. The DPS office, which is open 24 hours a day, is responsible for security on and around campus.
USC safety officers patrol both on-campus and off-campus areas in cars, on bicycles and on foot. Community Service Officers patrol all university-owned residential facilities and monitor the Access Network 24 hours a day.
Nearly 300 emergency phones are located strategically around campus, in many buildings and on each level of every parking structure. Most emergency phones are identified by a blue light on top of the phone booth. Students can use these phones to receive assistance at any time of the day or night.
To report an emergency from a regular phone, call (213) 740-4321. For general information regarding DPS activities, policies or available services, call (213) 740-6000, or stop by the office in Parking Structure A to speak with members of the staff.