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Hidden gems on campus 

By Tiffany Hsia

Edited by Natalie Grace Sipula

[3 minute read]

Many of us are preparing to return to USC for the upcoming school year with excitement and anticipation. However, attending class and studying for exams can become routine as the school year progresses, but there are places around campus that can help spice up your routine or become a new study spot. Studying day and night at Leavey Library can become boring, and after living on campus for a year, I have found a couple of different study spots to help change up your scenery while studying, especially during finals. 

  • LiteraTea

For all of the people who love boba but don’t like having to walk off campus to get it, there is actually a hidden boba place on campus! LiteraTea is located behind Doheny Library and is a little cafe where you can study. They serve a variety of healthy, quick items you can take on the go (and boba!). It is also the perfect place to study, as there is an outdoor courtyard to do work right across from the cafe. This courtyard allows you to enjoy the sunshine and take in the rays of Southern California while getting work done.  

  • Balcony of the School of Cinematic Arts 
Photo by Alexis Brown on Unsplash

If you are looking for a quiet yet scenic place to study, the balconies in the School of Cinematic Arts are the perfect place. The balconies are not restricted to Cinematic Arts students and are open from 7-11 PM. You can access the balconies by entering in one of their buildings and taking the elevator to the second or third floor. Once you enter, the balconies overlook the beautiful courtyard of SCA and have outdoor patio seating. This is perfect for quiet studying with a view or hanging out with friends. I have had many late-night chats and group studying sessions here!

  • Café 84

Café 84 is conveniently located between Fluor Tower and Webb Tower. While the hours of Café 84 fluctuate (they close anytime from 11-2 AM on weekdays), this is the perfect place to get work done or have group meetings. Café 84 also has a Starbucks, which is convenient to help kick start studying. If you like doing work surrounded by some noise, this is the place to study. I especially enjoy doing group work here, as it is a very casual atmosphere.

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Best Brunch Spots Near USC

By Shivam Goyal

It is no secret that one of the primary ways to fit into the LA lifestyle is to step up your brunch game. LA offers some of the best places for brunch that I’ve seen throughout my travels across the world. I have pointed out a few of these places below.

Cliffs Edge – 3626 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Cliff’s Edge offers one of the nicest patios in Los Angeles (Great place for a date!). Their eloquent greenery along with lights and two levels seating make this place a go-to brunch place in the silver lake area. The menu offers a wide variety of brunch options including different flavors of mimosas, and one of the best French toasts I’ve ever had.

Photo by soupstance on Flickr

Grand Central Market317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Grand Central Market is in close proximity to USC and has many great options to choose from. This option is more informal and allows you to try different types of brunch foods including falafel based dishes and LA-famous Egg Slut (which serves eggs in a variety of different ways). Beyond brunch, Grand Central Market is also a great option for lunch and dinner as well.

Study Hall2827 S Hoover St, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Study Hall is located only a few blocks from campus. This American –style diner offers TV’s to watch sports, as well as great breakfast burritos for brunch on the weekends. This non-traditional eatery doesn’t have a fixed brunch menu so you can order any item at any time of the day.

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A Guide to the USC Area’s Best Mexican Food

By Greg Lennon

Los Angeles is world famous for many things: its cinematic arts, its culture, its beaches, and of course the near perfect weather.  One thing that often goes unnoticed to many is the city’s authentic Mexican food.  One of the closest American cities to the border, Los Angeles offers some of the best, most genuine Mexican cuisine.  From Pupusas to Horchata, South Central’s selection of Mexican cuisine appeals to even the pickiest of palates.  In my two years here at USC, I like to think I have sampled a good majority of the University Park neighborhood’s local restaurants.  Here are my personal recommendations for some of the best Mexican food north of the border:

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