When you think about your hopes for your college experience, you may envision expanding your perspective and enriching your life. You imagine sharing ideas and experiences with a rich array of fascinating people. You can find that way of life in USC’s special interest housing diversity of communities that bring students and faculty together to share living and learning experiences. These communities feature activities and programs, both formal and informal, that enhance and expand your university life. For more information about these programs, please visit the USC Residential Education website.

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Special Interest Communities
Special Interest CommunityBuilding LocationCode
Annenberg HouseAnnenberg HouseCOMM
Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi American Leadership CommunityBirnkrant Residential CollegeAPIDA
Latinx Sol y La Luna FloorsPardee TowerLATF
Rainbow LGBTQ+ CommunityCentury ApartmentsRAIN
Somerville PlacePardee TowerSMRV
Sophomore (Second Year) Honors (Ilium Residential College) Cowlings and Ilium Residential CollegeILIM
Sustainable LivingCardinal 'N GoldSUST
Women in Science & Engineering (WiSE)International Residential CollegeWISE

How to Apply

If one of these special interest communities seems right for you, please be sure to indicate that program when completing the housing application.  When applying, some programs will require you to answer additional questions about your interest in the community.

Some special interest communities are located in freshman buildings and primarily available only to incoming freshmen. 

Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi American Leadership Community (Birnkrant) – Learn more.

Latinx El Sol y La Luna Floors (Pardee Tower) – Learn more.

International Residential College at Parkside including the Women in Science and Engineering Floor

Somerville Place (Pardee Tower) – Learn more.

Some special interest communities are located in buildings for upperclassmen and are primarily available only to continuing and transferring undergraduates.

Annenberg House (Annenberg House)

Sophomore (Second Year) Honors (Ilium Residential College) – This program is available only to current freshman residents of McCarthy Honors College with qualifying scholarships who are participating in University Housing Renewal. Learn more.

Sustainable Living (Cardinal ‘N Gold)

The following communities are available to undergraduates of any class standing.

Rainbow LGBTQ+ Community (Century Apartments) – Learn more.

Veterans’ Housing (Stardust Apartments) – Learn more.