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Crowd pleasers

Tips for navigating the beginning-of-semester crowds

There are more USC students than ever, and navigating the crowds can be tough, especially at the beginning of the semester. We've compiled some tips to help you stay happy even when space is tight.

Time it right

  • At some point, you're going to miss a "walk" signal at an intersection, get stopped by a train or be re-routed for an event. Allow yourself double the time you expect it will take to get to your destination.
  • Skip the lines at popular campus locations by avoiding the busiest times. For Russell House, that's 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. The Wellness and Fitness Center is busiest 10 a.m.-noon and 4-8 p.m. 

Catch a ride

  • Don't compete for street parking; buy a campus parking permit. Then hop on a shuttle -- marked with the Block C Gamecock -- to move around campus.
  • If you're not accustomed to it, the shuttle system can be confusing. Take the guesswork out of catching a ride by using the Transloc app (Apple, Google Play) to plan your trip ahead of time.

Eat smart

  • Order ahead using the Grubhub app (Apple, Google Play) and pick up your food when it's ready.
  • Don't limit yourself to the Russell House; branch out! There are dozens of locations for drinks, snacks and meals, and they're conveniently spread across campus.

Keep your cool

  • Dehydration can cause irritability. Fill up your water bottle at the hydration stations in buildings across campus or at a blue Water Monster accessible through Sept. 1 at the following locations:
    • Wheat Street in front of Blatt P.E. Center
    • Outside East Quad at the staircase near Blossom Street
    • Darla Moore School of Business Pavilion
    • Between the Moore School and the Carolina Coliseum.  
  • Take a break between classes and enjoy the air conditioning in the Center for Health and Well-Being, Thomas Cooper Library, or one of the other coolest spots on campus.
  • Stay cool figuratively, too. When students learn their schedules and find their rhythms, things will settle down. Until then, just pack your patience. It's going to be a great semester.