All done unpacking? As your parents help you move in and drop you off for another year at the greatest university in the world, let us help you be a good host (and make the most of them picking up the tab).
On-Campus + Walking Distance
For those looking to show their parents a bit of the culture of the USC community, take your parents to Mercado la Paloma, a local marketplace featuring Mexican, Central American, Ethiopian and Thai restaurants. The market is a short walk under the 110 overpass just a block east of campus on Exposition. We recommend the Cochinita Pibil at the Chichen Itza restaurant, one of Jonathan Gold’s 101 best restaurants in Los Angeles.
The bougier option would be Moreton Fig in the heart of Campus, right next to the Bank of America ATMs at the Campus Center. Shade is provided by our grand magnolia trees and lovely outdoor seating with views of Tommy Trojan and Traveler.
If your parents aren’t in the mood for something they can’t pronounce, Rosso Oro’s pizzeria and The Lab Gastropub by the Galen Center on Figueroa are two comfortable options. But why eat pizza with the parents when you’re going to be lots of that at free events?
If you have a car (Also within a $10-$15 Uber from campus)