Downtown L.A. apartments near USC

Finding the right apartment near USC can be hard. Here we recommend the top student-friendly apartments in Downtown L.A. that have all amenities in…

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Royce Hall on the campus of UCLA

Looking for the perfect apartment near the University of Southern California? Whether you’re an incoming freshman or a long-time student looking to move, living close to campus has its advantages.

Because downtown Los Angeles (also known as DTLA) is only a few miles from USC, looking here is a good starting point.

The area has dozens of newer and well-equipped apartment buildings. There are tons of upscale restaurants, art galleries, cultural attractions, and even some of the best shopping the city can offer.

Living in DTLA means you can reach campus in under 15 minutes by bus, subway, bike, or car.


Seven West Apartments

Seven West Apartments offers luxury living in the heart of Los Angeles. You can rent a studio, one, two, or three-bedroom apartment ranging from 659 to 1652 square feet.

After a hard exam or a long day of studying, hang at the lounge with your neighborhoods or hit the gym.

Key features

  • Modern kitchens with quartz countertops, tile backsplash, and MOEN water features
  • GE stainless steel appliances
  • Deep soaking tubs
  • Walk-in closets
  • Washer and dryer
  • Plank flooring
  • 9 to 12-foot ceilings
  • Private balconies
  • Key-card entry door access for extra security

Seven West building amenities

  • Outdoor lounges, deck, gas barbecue grills, and fire pits
  • Club lounge with gourmet kitchen for hosting events
  • 24-hour fitness center
  • Coffee Lounge
  • Parking on-site
  • Pet-friendly
  • 24-hour video surveillance


Glo Apartments

Another great building near campus is Glo Apartments. Only three miles away, this location makes commuting easy for students and professors.

Although these apartments sit on the edge of downtown, they are still just a short walking distance to many of the local hotspots. The neighborhood has a residential feel but provides all the conveniences of urban living.

You can choose from a one, two, or three-bedroom apartment.

Key features

  • Private balconies
  • Walk-in closets
  • Fully-equipped kitchen with gas range
  • Central air and heat
  • Stainless steel appliances

Glo building amenities

  • Swimming pool and spa
  • 24-hour fitness center
  • Underground parking garage
  • Clubhouse
  • Rentable storage
  • Pet-friendly
  • Dry cleaning locker service
  • Rooftop fire pit
  • Cafe, deli, and Thai restaurant all on-site


Sofia Apartments

This two-building apartment complex features rooftop decks with views of the L.A. skyline.

There are plenty more amenities to enjoy as well such as the speakeasy bar, karaoke room, and yoga studio. The Sofia is conveniently located near the 7th St/Metro Center Station, Grocery Outlet, Chipotle, and many other shops and cafes.

They offer studio, one, two, and three-bedroom apartments with luxury and high-end conveniences.

Key features

  • Designer and custom-made furniture
  • Kitchenware and equipment included
  • Quality 5-star hotel mattresses, linen, and towels
  • Wide-screen TV and Apple TV
  • Nespresso machine
  • In-unit washer and dryer
  • Access to the Blueground mobile app

Sofia building amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Two rooftop decks
  • Speakeasy bar
  • Fitness room with separate yoga studio
  • Business center
  • Bike storage
  • Resident lounge with pool table
  • Parking garage
  • Pet-friendly
  • Steps from cafe, restaurant, and supermarket


Roosevelt Lofts

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Photo by RODNAE Productions

To experience daily life that feels more like a posh urban retreat, consider the Roosevelt Lofts and Apartments.

All in all, the architecture is both historic and luxurious. It’s a one-of-a-kind building located in the Financial District.

Key features

  • Glass and quartz countertops
  • Wood slab flooring
  • Bosch appliances
  • Bontempi kitchen cabinets
  • Washer and dryer in unit
  • Private balcony or patio

Roosevelt building amenities

  • Fitness center with weight training and cardio equipment
  • Clubhouse for entertaining
  • Rooftop pool with lounge areas and a jacuzzi hot tub
  • Pet-friendly
  • Valet parking only


The Grace on Spring

The brand new Grace on Spring building offers its residents a chic haven in the bustling Fashion District, which borders DTLA. Several floor plans are available including; studios, one, two, and three-bedroom apartments as well as two and three-bedroom penthouses.

You’ll have lots of shopping options and some of the city’s best dining spots nearby.

Key features

  • ButterflyMX video entry access
  • Smart nest thermostat
  • Keyless entries
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows including motorized shades
  • Stainless steel appliances and gas range
  • Front loading washer and dryer
  • Custom cabinetry with soft close drawers
  • Quartz countertops
  • Balconies in select units

The Grace on Spring building amenities

  • Observatory rooftop lounge
  • Resort-style pool with a sundeck and hot tub
  • Outdoor seating, barbecue grills, and fire-pits
  • Entertainment lounge with a kitchen, bar, pool table, shuffleboard, and arcade consoles
  • Dog run and dog wash
  • Two-story fitness center
  • Yoga Studio
  • Delivery lockers for large packages
  • On-site electrical vehicle charging stations
  • Coffee bar


Onyx Apartments

The Onyx Apartments near USC are in South Park, just outside the Financial District. With a bike-share program and within walking distance of the Expo Line, getting around the city from this building is a breeze. It’s a 7-story mid-rise building that opened in 2018, meaning you can expect the latest and greatest amenities.

Key features

  • NEST thermostat
  • Patios and balconies in select units
  • Keyless entry system
  • Custom tile backsplash
  • In-unit GE washer and dryer
  • Wall-to-wall hard surface flooring

Onyx building amenities

  • BBQ grills
  • Downtown views
  • Gated community
  • Saltwater pool, spa, and lounge area
  • 24-hour courtesy patrol
  • Rooftop sky deck
  • Electrical vehicle-charging docks


The Emerson

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This luxurious apartment building is close to it all. The building is a short 10-minute walk to Pershing Square Metro station, making the commute to USC convenient. It’s close to the Walt Disney Concert Hall, various museums, restaurants, coffee shops, and sporting events in South Park. “The Emerson” has spaces of every size. Studios, two, three, and even four-bedroom apartments are available for rent.

Key features

  • Designer and custom-made furniture
  • Kitchenware and equipment provided
  • Quality 5-star hotel mattress, linen & towels
  • Wide-screen TV, wifi speaker, coffee maker
  • In-unit washer and dryer
  • Access to the Blueground mobile app

Emerson building amenities

  • Swimming pool and jacuzzi spa
  • Rooftop terrace with barbecue grills
  • Fitness center and yoga studio
  • Elevator
  • Bike storage
  • Business center
  • Concierge and doorman
  • Parking garage
  • Pet-friendly

All of the responsibilities of school, work, and everyday life can really add up and become overwhelming. The last thing you want is the extra hassle of moving furniture, unpacking, and decorating your home.

When you live in a fully-furnished apartment, most of these typical moving issues are nonexistent.

The above student-friendly, ready-to-go homes are available by Blueground for a minimum of one month.

Not only are these apartments turn-key, but tenants have access to a specialized mobile app, support services, on-demand cleaning, and more.

For those looking to rent with a roommate, Blueground’s two-bedroom apartments offer modern decor, separately enclosed bedrooms, and well-appointed living rooms.

There are also completely equipped kitchens so eating and cooking can start from day one.

Furthermore, the flexible lease terms mean you can explore various neighborhoods, buildings, and apartments until you find your favorite.

Editorial Team

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