LawsRUs wrote: Yea All Right wrote:
Not a Gould student but I went to SC for undergrad and loved it, if you have any questions about being a Trojan in general I may be able to answer
Oh hello there.
I'm getting really frustrated with the housing search. Where did you live when you went to school there? How did you find it? Was the area safe and reasonably priced?
As I mentioned I don't attend Gould, so I don't know where the law students like to live and you should take everything I say about housing with a grain of salt.
Tuscany Apartments is really close to the law school, just south of campus and right above Chipotle, Chick-fil-A, and Coffee Bean. Icon Plaza is a luxury apartments complex right across the street from the law school as well, above Pizza Studio, Built, Which Wich, and Starbucks. The Lorenzo opened up a couple years ago and is really nice, just further away than most housing options in the immediate USC area, though they do provide a shuttle and you can bike there. Gateway is another very nice apartment complex right across the street north of USC, though this one may have more undergrads, I'm not sure. The USC housing for law students, Terrace, is nice and provides you with big units if I remember correctly. During my sophomore year I lived in a building that was designed just like Terrace, and I enjoyed it. Terrace is also about a 5 minute or less bike ride from the edge of campus, then you just bike 5 more minutes to get to the southern part of campus that the law school building is at. Biking isn't strenuous because the campus is flat, it just gets really crowded on campus so you need to bike carefully. During my junior and senior years, I lived on the same street as Terrace, Ellendale Place, in an apartment building and paid about $625/month for a 2BR split among 4 people. And there are houses all around that you can rent out with a group of people, although that will take some legwork to get together obviously.
I heard some law students live in nearby cities or other areas. Downtown, Culver City, Koreatown, and Little Tokyo are all relatively close. All of those are nice places to live and the food is great. But I think there's something to be said about living especially close to campus, especially during 1L. Commuting from West LA would be a pain because of traffic. I wouldn't do it but that's just me.
Regarding safety, the area where I lived near Terrace is almost all students and has people walking around all the time. I don't know how you guys imagine it, but I would describe the general area where USC students live as a working-class residential neighborhood with lots of houses and apartment buildings. Ideally you should try to live within the zone bordered by Vermont Street to the west, Adams Boulevard to the north, and Figueroa Street to the east. The Lorenzo, which I mentioned earlier, is just outside this zone but is ok.
Unfortunately there have been incidents in the last few years. Last summer a student was jumped by some teenagers when he was walking around at 1 AM in the middle of summer, and he died from his injuries (RIP). This was surprising considering that the specific area is heavily populated, hopefully it was just a freak incident caused by some evil heartless people who are being tried now. Three years ago, two international students were shot and killed while sitting in their car late at night (RIP to them too). They were west of Vermont, which is outside the zone I described and an area I recommend against. The perpetrators were sentenced to life in prison.
In response, USC has been bringing in more security cameras and additional yellow jacket security staff, who stand on street corners watching out for stuff. USC knows the reputation its surrounding area has and is trying to improve the area through gentrification (new USC Village), land purchases, the installation of more security, etc. Obviously safety is a concern at whatever school you attend, especially urban ones, and all I can say is be smart, walk with a buddy as much as possible when it's late at night, or ride a bike. You can also get a free ride from the Campus Cruisers (cars which you call to get picked up, and they take you to where you want to go).
Like I said USC law students may prefer to live elsewhere, but hopefully this gave you a better idea of the options. Let me know if you have other specific questions. And get excited for football season.