Building a Village

Village

At the heart of the new USC Village stands a single, grand oak—a tree that, for centuries, has symbolized strength and endurance across cultures.

Several months ago, we lowered it into the ground, allowing
its roots to find their place long before the first class of 2,500 students moved in to the site’s residential colleges.


As their classes began, the oak sat firmly settled, ready to flourish in the coming decades.

So much about this project relied on forethought.
In conceiving USC Village, we had many goals, but chief among them was our students’ personal growth.


Their time at USC—those years between ages 18 and 22—is profoundly transformative, so we created a world-class living and learning environment, a place that would help them realize their full, extraordinary
potential.

With USC Village, we made a tremendous investment in student residential life, one that would pay dividends not only for our students’ intellectual, creative and social development, but also for our local
communities.

Indeed, USC Village serves our surrounding communities. It provides much-needed retail and dining options, including a Trader Joe’s and Target.

It stands as the largest economic development project in the history of south Los Angeles.

At the peak of construction, 550 construction workers reported to the site each morning, and most were local; 20 percent lived within five miles of the project, 38 percent lived in the city of Los Angeles, and the vast majority—74 percent—lived within the county.

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