South Central is loosely defined, but the campus of the University of Southern California is somewhere in that area.
The L.A. Times wrote the day after my arrival that "USC has an ambivalent relationships with its poor neighborhoods, especially since the riots in 1993". The article was about the building of an entrance to the university for a couple of million dollars - also as a symbol of opening the campus to the neighbourhood. "The gate, however, will be guarded and closed at night."
The campus is fortified by a steel fence. The seven gates are guarded, at night nearly all of them are closed. Security is tight, even the parking lots are protected with metal pikes that cause "severe tire damage" to any vehicle that may enter the wrong way.
Since I can't live on campus, I intended to look for an apartment close to campus. The estimates for this are mixed:
I will take a closer look the next days.