What are Residential Colleges?

The modern residential college experience is based the Oxford model — a centuries-old system that assigns students housing in a “college” where day-to-day contact with other students and faculty mentors forges intellectual and communal bonds to last a lifetime.

USC Village, a contemporary extension of that tradition, is about fostering tight-knit Trojan communities among undergraduate students.

Today, each USC freshman is welcomed into a residential college – specially designed programs to give new Trojans a built-in community from the moment they arrive.

Because USC’s Residential Colleges combine the personal attention, support, and family-like atmosphere of a small college with the extensive resources of a major research university, they are precisely the kind of program that sets USC apart as exceptional.

Residential Colleges by the numbers

  • Nearly 25 percent expansion of undergraduate housing at USC
  • 2,500 new beds
  • 663 units
    • 145 Residential College suites
    • 518 Residential College suites with kitchens
  • 9,200 undergraduate and graduate students are now offered USC now offers housing by USC

50 Resident Assistants

Resident Assistants enhance academic learning with team- and friendship-building activities, cultural events and excursions.

80 Lounges

Residential life lounges support group and individual study – and connections with friends.

30,000 square foot Fitness Center

features cardio machines, free weights and spaces for yoga, cardio, muscle conditioning and body sculpting through classes and open recreation hours.

103,000 square feet of Shopping and Dining

Target, Trader Joe’s and more than a dozen new eateries and amenities now serve the USC community and the neighborhood.