USC’s special-interest housing program for occupational therapy students will soon move to the university’s Centennial Apartments to accommodate a greater number of residents.
The new location, bordering Adams Boulevard north of the University Park Campus, offers fully furnished, air-conditioned two-bedroom apartments with kitchens, balconies, patios, and more common spaces, including a small library of OT materials.
Established at the suggestion of a student and open to all OT students’, the housing program has proven especially beneficial to incoming students. The OT housing program began five years ago with fewer than 20 students, and is now home to nearly 50 OT majors-most of whom are graduate students.
Although most professional level courses are taught on the Health Science Campus, living at OT House provides students with easy access to the libraries, activities, and athletic events on the University Park Campus and provides a built-in community with shared professional goals.
The new OT House location is two blocks from the Cockins House, the future site of the department’s Center for Occupational Science and Lifestyle Redesign.
With a built-in network of social and academic support, the united OT House will continue to further the department’s goal of grounding students’ studies, recreation, and practice in everyday community life.