Logistics

USC Hotel

The USC Hotel  is owned and operated by the University of Southern California. The hotel is conveniently located adjacent to the USC campus. More information.

Airport Transportation

There is no one direct or easy route from LAX International Airport to USC Hotel via public transportation. The quickest, easiest options include taking an Uber or Lyft or arranging an airport shuttle (such as Prime Time Shuttle).

If you want to make the trip via public transportation, the most straightforward option would be the following:

→ Take the Flyaway bus from LAX to Union Station
Board bus on the Lower/Arrivals level at the blue Flyaway columns. You can purchase tickets online

→ At Union Station, take the Metro B Line (Red Line) or Metro D Line (Purple Line) three stops from UnionStation to the 7th Street/Metro Center Station.

→ At the 7th Street/Metro Center Station, transfer to the Metro E Line (Expo Line)

→ Take Metro E Line (Expo Line) to Jefferson/USC station and walk short distance to USC Hotel (5 minutewalk).

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Area Map and Campus Access

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COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols

To enter the USC campus, you will need to:

→ Complete Trojan Check, USC’s daily wellness assessment, prior to entering campus.

→ At the end of the assessment, you will be provided a QR code that serves as your campus day pass.

We recommend downloading the Trojan Check app to complete the assessment on your phone and/or taking a picture of the QRcode for easy scanning.

Show proof of vaccination and photo ID to enter campus. Either a physical vaccine card or a digital copy will be accepted. As an alternative, guests may show a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event. (If the campus representative offers to give you a COVID test, please explain that you have proof of vaccination.)

USC recently lifted its mask requirement. While masks are no longer required, masks are welcome on campus for all those who wish to continue taking extra precautions. According to LA County’s guidelines, although masking is no longer required indoors, it remains strongly recommended

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Restaurants in the Area

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Things To Do and Explore in Los Angeles

USC

USC self-guided tour (PDF): Find immersive online tour of USC linked on this page.

Near USC (in Exposition Park, adjacent to USC campus)

The California Science Center

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

Exposition Park Rose Garden

Downtown Los Angeles (accessible via Metro Expo line)

The Broad Art Museum – requires reservations – sometimes they have a standby line

Grand Central Market – food market and food court

Museum of Contemporary Art

Walt Disney Concert Hall – 111 South Grand Avenue; Information about self-guided tours here

Hollywood

Griffith Observatory – Beautiful view of Los Angeles

Pasadena

The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens

The Original Farmers Market

Culver City (accessible via Metro Expo line)

The Museum of Jurassic Technology

The Wende Museum (unfortunately, it’s closed from March 21st to April 9th)

Santa Monica (accessible via Metro Expo line)

Santa Monica Pier

Third Street Promenade (Shopping along 3rd Street)

Venice Beach

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Public Transportation

L.A. has a famous reputation for being a city of cars, drivers, and traffic. However, there are numerous bus and light rail lines that are part of the LA Metro public transportation system.

Most relevant for your stay, the Metro E Line (Expo Line) has two stops very close to USC:
→ Jefferson/USC Station (closest to the USC Hotel and conference venue)
→ Expo Park/USC Station

The Metro E Line (Expo Line) offers transportation to downtown (7th Street & Metro Center Station) and Santa Monica (the beach!) and points in between. At the downtown station, you can transfer to other light rail lines, like the Metro B Line (Red Line) to Hollywood/North Hollywood or the Metro L Line (Gold Line) to Pasadena, among others. There are vending machines on the light rail platforms where you can purchase a TAP card for $2 and load it with funds to pay fares for your travel (which are $1.75 for two hours of unlimited transfers in one direction). More information about buying TAP cards here. You will need to tap your card each time before you ride. Instructions here.

If you want to find routes between the hotel and other locations, you can find the Metro Trip Planner here.

There are Metro Bike rentals available around the USC campus where you can also pay with a TAP card. More information here.

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