University of Southern California
USC Auxiliary Services
MEDIA / PRESS
Auxiliary Business Units:
The five Auxiliary Services business units provide essential support to the university and are frequently the first point of contact for campus guests, aspiring students, and visiting faculty. Whether you come to USC for a day’s visit, four years of education, or a career, there’s a good chance you’ll be riding, dining, shopping, or staying with us.
The USC Bookstore is the fourth largest independent college bookstore system in the United States, and is widely known as one of the most original and entrepreneurial businesses of its kind. It is made up of seven brick and mortar sites; three on the main campus (Main Store, Dental School Store and the Galen Center Store), one on the Health Sciences campus, one in Orange County in the South Coast Plaza Mall, one in Palo Alto, CA, and one museum store in Pasadena at the Gamble House. The USC Bookstore also operates six robust retail websites, selling a diverse selection of products including private label clothing, print-on-demand books, custom course readers, logo gift wear, original art prints, museum knick knacks, and flowers.
The USC Bookstores feature retail concepts in computers, general books, gift clothing and merchandise, textbooks and course materials, and supplies, as well a small print-on-demand press (Figueroa Press), a unique dental instrument sterilization program operated jointly with the USC School of Dentistry, a private label clothing company (Team Trojan), and one of the oldest independent college custom publishing businesses in the United States, with offices at USC and in Mountain View, CA. To support these enterprises, the bookstore operates a 35,000 square foot distribution center at the parking center on Grand Avenue and it leases an additional 9,500 square foot facility on Hope Street in Los Angeles, CA. The USC Bookstores also operate 12 mobile logo product concessions booths for game days and special events.
USC Housing has over 50 properties, with one located on the HSC campus. USC Housing hosts approximately 7,600 students, including 250 Greek affiliated students, 200 Residential Education staff, and a dozen faculty masters in residence. 6 properties are owned by an outside developer and managed by USC Housing. USC’s Residential College experience includes trained student residential advisors, faculty residential advisors, weekly programming and events, and numerous special interest communities. Housing amenities include internet connectivity, cable TV, workout facilities, and many private study areas and meeting lounges. Contracting and repair requests are all conducted online, and all USC Housing facilities have comprehensive recycling programs. Many facilities are available in the summer for executive conferences and student athletic camps.
USC Hospitality is a large and dynamic organization known for creating unique and innovative self-operated food concepts and serving an extraordinary breadth of customer bases on two campuses. The organization consists of over thirty-nine retail and residential locations and is divided into three operations; Retail Sales, Residential Dining, and Special Events and Catering. USC Hospitality also delivers special orders on campus, operates a specialty café at the California Natural History Museum, a faculty club at Health Sciences Campus, and three excellent full-service restaurants off-campus.
Retail Sales encompasses three large food courts, seven specialty cafes, several convenience stores, an original pizza parlor and three signature restaurants. The food courts feature franchises with California Pizza Kitchen, Daphne’s Greek Café, Wahoo’s Fish Taco, Panda Express, Baja Fresh, Carl’s Jr., Starbucks, and Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. The food courts also house several popular self-created and self-operated eateries serving made-to-order Italian dishes, fresh sushi, and Chinese wok fare. USC Hospitality has also partnered with a Los Angeles chef to bring his popular Lemonade concept to the new Ronald Tutor Campus Center. USC Hospitality’s restaurants are high-concept, full-service dining experiences that are popular destinations for guests from all over Los Angeles.
USC Hospitality’s premiere Residential Dining program supports approximately 4,400 participants on meal plans including 1,100 on limited community plans, suited for commuter students and residential life staff plans. There are two primary residential dining venues on the main campus, both of which are designed around creating a rich and interactive residential living experience for USC students. Specialty meals, themed events nights, cooking demonstrations, and faculty talks are among the many events the Residential Dining team produces in their venues.
Special Events and Catering supports two event facilities on campus; USC’s famous Town and Gown property and the Davidson Continuing Education Conferencing Center (DCECC). The Town and Gown dining room can accommodate 550 guests for formal sit-down dinners and 1,500 guests for receptions, and it captures the warm ambiance and formal elegance often reserved for small restaurants, with its French doors, arched ceilings, Schoenbeck chandeliers, and grand piano. The DCECC is geared towards executive conferences and leadership programs. All meeting facilities are IACC approved and are tastefully and comfortably appointed and equipped with the latest in audio-visual capabilities.
USC Transportation oversees all parking and transportation-related services for all the USC campuses. It operates six parking structures and over forty-five surface parking lots, adding up to over 13,000 parking spaces. Transportation manages all parking permit issuance and parking citations.
Twenty-four "green fleet" trams run nearly twenty bus routes every day. All the trams run on B-20 biodiesel, propane, or natural gas. There are also over forty student taxis operated under the student-run Campus Cruiser program, providing free rides to students from the early evening through until 3:00 a.m.
USC Transportation is a very entrepreneurial organization, and is always looking for creative and cost-effective ways to meet USC’s diverse transit needs. USC Transportation runs a fuel station and valet parking services, and it has make arrangements with Yellow Cab, ZipCar, Enteprise Rent A Car, and ZimRide to provide Trojan travelers with transportation options that fits their unique needs. There is also a robust transit subsidy pass program that broadens available transit options even further. USC Transportation also runs a van pool and a carpool referral service.
RADISSON AT USC
The Radisson was originally built in 1974 and was purchased by the University in August of 2000. The hotel contains 240 guest rooms, two restaurants, and 15,000-square-feet of banquet and meeting facilities.
The Radisson is currently managed by USC Auxiliary Services. This facility employs approximately 110 full and part time employees. The hotel operates under a franchise agreement with Radisson Hotels International. A renovation program is currently underway (2010-2015) to bring the facility up to current industry four-star design/decor, operations, and service standards.
Weddings at USC
Enterprise Rent A Car
ZimRide Car Rental
The Radisson at USC
Rosso Oro's Pizzeria
USC Radisson Events
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