Before You Get to USC

Get to Know your Department

You’ll want to learn about the department or academic unit that you’ll be working with. The best way to do this is by visiting the USC home page and locating your department/lab through the search box located on the top right corner of the page.

Get to know the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

The USC Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is the central resource on campus serving as a liaison between the Office of the Provost, postdoctoral scholars, faculty, and staff to disseminate university initiatives and policies. It works closely with academic units to help recruit a diverse cadre of the best junior scholars to the university and facilitate the training and preparation of postdoctoral scholars for careers as independent researchers, academics, and leaders of their chosen fields.

Your Commute

Before you arrive, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with parking here at USC and Los Angeles. The USC Transportation Services website includes information on parking, permits, and much more.

Additional links

  • Go Metro – Los Angeles public transportation system
  • Links to interactive UPC and HSC maps


While USC does not offer dedicated housing for postdoctoral scholars, Los Angeles and its surrounding cities offer great options to live and work. The USC Postdoctoral Association (PDA) Handbook provides plenty of information and suggestions for places in and around Los Angeles.

Download the latest USC PDA handbook.

Where to Eat on Campus

The USC Hospitality website is the best place to go to explore on-campus dining options.