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Conceptual Plans

Addressing Campus and Community Housing Needs

Housing is a main feature of USC Village. Since it is our goal to eventually replace Cardinal Gardens and Century Apartments (a total of 1,115 units), the new housing at USC Village will provide more options to host a greater number of USC students, faculty and staff within walking distance of campus. The university-owned area north of campus, including the new village development, will provide housing for up to 5,200 students and 250 faculty/student family apartments in a variety of housing types including studios to four bedroom units.

Supporting USC’s Educational Mission

500,000 new square feet of academic/university space that will house ample teaching and research entities critical to the university’s core mission.

A New Shopping, Dining and Entertainment Destination

350,000 square feet of neighborhood-serving commercial space that would include retail, restaurants, a full-service grocery store, a food court, and a fitness center.

Enjoy a variety of retail options. Take a break from shopping and enjoy the dining options that will be available at USC Village.

Browse at the retail shops and enjoy spending time with family or friends

Inviting Open and Green Spaces

USC Village will provide ample passive open space for a variety of uses including public gathering spaces and pedestrian pathways, as well as other social activities.  There will also be ample landscaping and lighting along streets. The numerous pedestrian pathways and open space will create an environment that allows for people from all over Los Angeles to enjoy a welcoming, interactive environment.


The Town Square will be a central gathering point where you can enjoy live music, hang out with friends or host events

Market Square will be an inviting and active courtyard area where you can enjoy a meal on an outdoor patio or walk through and enjoy the atmosphere

Trousdale Terrace is an open area where the campus and the USC Village meet

A Safer, More Pedestrian and Cyclist-Friendly Environment

Jefferson Boulevard will be narrowed to provide enhanced pedestrian safety, better linkage between university facilities, and traffic calming measures. Currently, pedestrians and cyclists cross Jefferson Boulevard on a consistent basis. The current travel lanes on the street will remain unchanged but the existing parking lanes will be removed to add a dedicated travel lane for bicyclists moving in each direction, and to significantly widen sidewalks for a more pedestrian friendly environment.

Jefferson Boulevard: Existing Conditions
A safer, more cyclist-friendly Jefferson Blvd with dedicated bicycle lanes.
A more pedestrian-friendly Jefferson Blvd featuring wider sidewalks.
Existing Jefferson Blvd Views

Existing Jefferson Blvd View and Section

Proposed Jefferson Blvd View and Proposed Bike Lanes

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