General FAQs

About USC & Los Angeles

Before You Arrive

A complete checklist of documents that are required can be found at

Arriving at USC

Top 5 Reasons why USC should be your first choice:

  • Distinguished faculty producing groundbreaking research that addresses critical issues facing our global society.
  • More than 400 highly regarded graduate and professional programs that prepare students for leadership positions in research, education and professional practice.
  • A strong emphasis on interdisciplinary research, including productive collaborations among professional schools.
  • A "learner-centered" approach to graduate education, fostering intellectual partnerships between faculty and students. Faculty play an active role in helping students hone their skills in locating, assessing, applying and presenting information.
  • A global outlook and an urban location in a vibrant international city where more than 200 languages are spoken.

The first thing that you need to do is Passport Verification (PPV). International students need to visit the Office of International Services for passport verification. Otherwise, you will not be able to register for your courses because you will have a restriction hold (STU50) on your account. Please visit the Office of International Services (OIS) at STU 300 (Student Union). You can get more information by visiting the following link: The CS Department does not handle Visa’s or I-20. You will need to contact the OIS office in regards to any I-20 questions, at (213) 740-2666, Fax: (213) 740-5194, or email:


For more information on USC housing, follow the link at: The USC housing office is located at:
USC Housing Services
620 USC McCarthy Way,
Los Angeles,
CA 90089-1332
Tel: (800) 872-4632, (213) 740-2546


The USC Department of Public Safety (DPS) sells impounded bikes for as low as $25.00. The DPS bike sale normally takes place before the start of the semester.

You can also purchase new & used bikes from the following places:
L.A. Bicycles
University Village
3219 S. Hoover St
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(213) 741-1090

Lions Bike Shop
1387 W, 29th St
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(323) 733-2791

Getting Acquainted With the USC Campus

You can open a bank account in any one of the following banks which are located in and around Campus.

USC Credit Union (on-campus)
University Park Campus
3601 Trousdale Pkwy, STU-106
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Bank of America (temporarily located on-campus, moving to USC Village in Fall 2017)
3400 S Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90007

CHASE (located across the Felix Chevy dealership)
3335 South Figueroa St, Suite N
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Citibank (Located across the Gate 6 entrance, on Vermont)
3615 South Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90007-3945

Getting Acquainted With the USC Campus

I-94 card is an arrival/departure record for a person entering the United States. It is issued at the port of entry into the United States and is attached to a person’s VISA. Prior to landing, the flight attendant will distribute customs declaration forms and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) forms. One important form is the I-94 arrival/departure document.
Important reminders when filling out I-94 document:

  • Print clearly, with one letter in each space
  • Date of Birth is in order of MONTH, DAY, YEAR
  • Any mistakes will result in a correction procedure that is quite time consuming. Minor mistakes can cause major delays with certain applications that may be filed upon arriving on campus so please be attentive and careful when filling out the I-94 document.