Residential Life

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In partnership with other university departments, we continually enhance our facilities, services and programs in order to provide a safe, inclusive living community and to create learning opportunities that support the holistic growth of each resident.

Ask any current Torero resident or the scores of alumni who once called Alcalaá Park home—they will tell you their number #1 reason for living on-campus is/was the sense of community that comes from living among your peers. Nothing can compare to the fun and excitement of living in an environment where the learning never stops and lasting memories are waiting to be made. 

Summer Housing Sign Up Process

The summer housing application is now available. The earliest students can check in for summer is May 31st at 10AM. Transitional housing is available for current spring residents at a daily rate of $32 (multiple room) or $40 (single room). Please note that you may need to be reassigned for summer housing. You will be booked and billed based on the dates requested in your application. Make sure to submit your summer housing application 5 business days prior to your requested check in date in order to avoid a $65 late application fee.

2015-16 Housing Sign Up Process-For Returning Students

The housing sign up process for the 2015-16 academic year for returning students is now closed. If you are interested in 2015-16 housing please contact Residential Life to be added to the Interest List at You will be contacted with housing availability over the summer.

2015-16 Housing Sign Up Process-For Newly Admitted First Year and Transfer Students

The new student application portal will open on May 12th at 10AM. Make sure to submit your Advising Questionaire first on your mysandiego portal in order to access the 2015-16 housing application. Residential Life can be reached at or 619-260-4777.

First Year and Transfer Student Move-In Instructions

We encourage first year and transfer students to review the USD Arrival Guide for instructions on move-in for your specific residence hall.

2015-16 Resident Assistant Application (New Dates Below: Updated January 22, 2015)

The application is now closed. Any questions regarding this process, please email Luke LaCroix at and Brandon McCreary at

Join the OLE Welcome Team for Fall 2015

Do you want to be a part of welcoming our new students to campus this Fall? Do you want to promote a club or organization? Or just join a team dedicated to making new Toreros feel at home? 

If you answered yes to any of these questions Welcome Team is the opportunity for you! 

As a part of Welcome Team, you will be one of the first faces new students see, giving you the chance to create a positive impact right from the start. You and all your friends can join and help move new students into their residence halls, get one of the coveted Welcome Team T-shirts, and for those living on campus next year, being a member of the Welcome Team means you get to move in to your campus space four days early for no additional charge. 

For those of you who want to help make the new students transitions’ to living at USD great, be a part of Welcome Team this fall! Feel free to stop by any of the Information Sessions to find out more and have questions answered.


Registration for Welcome Team is now online. Registration is on a first come, first served basis until the team is full. When registering please complete all of the information in the online form and be sure to review all of the requirements and important dates before you submit.

Clubs, teams, and organizations are encouraged to sign-up as well in order to promote their groups to the incoming students. As much as possible we will work with groups to ensure that they are able to work in the same move-in area, or spread across campus, as they prefer. 

If you have questions about Welcome Team email Pat Marino, Associate Director of Residential Life at, or Jack Minnick, LLC Theme Advisory Council Chair at

Renter's Insurance

Living on campus is a great opportunity but please consider pursuing Renter's Insurance or asking your parents about their home owner's insurance. Residential Life does not exclusively promote a particular provider but there is important information about your housing agreement and liability considerations.  

Transfer Student Housing

Living on campus as a transfer can be a great way to become quickly immersed in the campus community. Learn more about the different housing options and we look forward to you joining our campus community. For additional information visit our transfer housing page.

Graduate and Law Housing

The Housing Sign-Up process for new, incoming graduate and law students is different than the process used for undergraduates and returning graduate/law students because housing is very limited. For additional information visit our graduate and law housing page.

The Apartment Experience

Learn more information about living in on campus apartments at USD from the student perspective.

Second Year Residency Requirement

The University has completed a significant study focused on recreating the success of the first year experience and duplicating this for second year students. Learn more about on campus housing for second year students. Living on campus offers the perfect balance.

Take a tour of the Residence Halls

Are you interested in taking a virtual tour of our residence halls? Join Torero Life as they take you through two of our residence halls for first-year students and second-year students!

New Transfer Students - For more details about living in our residence halls as a transfer student, please see our transfer student housing brochure.

Returning Students - Please visit our spring housing page for details on how to sign up for spring 2015 on campus housing. Please call or email, 619-260-4777 or if you have any questions.

USD Fix My Home

If you have an issue in your room or apartment, please use our new convenient online work orders system to submit your requests. The entire process is moving to a paperless process to save the environment and get your requests addressed faster. You can submit a work order through our new system. If you have any questions please contact us at 619.260.4777 or via email at

Information on Emergency Preparedness for our Resident Students

Learn about emergency preparedness for resident students.


Have a question? Check out our FAQ Page

Residence Hall Association

Join RHA to help build community in your residence hall and advocate for student issues. Visit the RHA website to learn more and join!


For more information on events, please review our calendar coming soon!