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University of Southern California


Best freshmen dorms at USC?


Verified Student

Birnkrant is a co-ed dorm, which gives a great opportunity for students to socialize with a wide variety of people. Try to live in McCarthy Honors if you're able to! They have a ton of perks and they're located in the Village so the overall location is great. It is also right where the dining hall is.

Verified Student

Birnkrant is an amazing choice since the floors are split co-ed, it's a great chance to meet other people coming into college. I've met a lot of my friends from Birnkrant and we are still in touch ever since my freshman year. It's the typical college dorm of a long hallway with rooms on each side and then bathrooms in the middle.

Socializing: Birnkrant Comfortable place to live with AC/more space: Parkside If you want to party all the time: New North If you are hella smart: McCarthy Honors

University of Southern California Housing

The University of Southern California (also known as USC, SC, Southern Cal or SoCal) is a private research university located in Los Angeles, California, United States.

Among students, housing in USC Village is the most desirable because the dorms are above Target, Trader Joe’s, CAVA, and more restaurants. McCarthy Honors is a great dorm if you’re able to get a merit scholarship. Parkside is nicknamed “Parkside Darkside” because it’s on the quieter side and students typically settle down early in the night, so if you’re looking for a more social dorm with party life, aim to live at New North instead. Birnkrant is also a great option for a social life without as much partying as New North.