Campus Housing and Residence Halls

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 Alcalá 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.

Spring 2016 Housing Application Available

Any resident interested or in need of housing for the Spring 2016 semester please contact the Department of Residential Life at or 619-260-4777. You are also encouraged to come by our office located on the garden level of Mission Crossroads. 

Please note if you are a first or second year student that you are required to live on campus to fulfill the two year residency requirement. 

If you already know a specific roommate and/or room that you would like to move into, please email with your request as soon as possible. While Residential Life does not guarantee building or occupancy type, we will do our best to accommodate your request if mutually agreed upon by the other residents in that room/apartment and submitted in a timely manner.

Open House Apartment Tours

Residential Life is hosting the annual Apartments Open House on Tuesday, February 9 and Wednesday, February 10 between the hours of 8 – 10PM in all listed locations.  This is a great opportunity to see apartment units, access amenities, and see our comfortable community spaces.  Please see the list of apartment complexes below:

  • Alcalá Vistas tours will begin from Palomar Hall
  • Manchester Village tours will begin from Manchester front desk
  • San Buenaventura and San Antonio (SAP) tours will begin from the Valley Gathering Space at SAP
  • University Terrace Apartments (UTAs) tours will begin at the private parking lot at UTA row 1349

RAs from first-year and STEP areas will be escorting groups of interested residents to the various open house locations throughout the evenings.  Tram service is available with stops in the Valley, Manchester Village and the Alcala Vistas.

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.

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.

Television Cable Update

Based on student input, Residential Life is fully examining the interest and effectiveness of providing full cable service in our Residence Halls. For the 2015-16 academic year, Residential Life has invested the cost savings from the removal of cable television and doubled the bandwidth for Internet on campus.

Also, know that you will still have access to 16 HD channels (much higher quality than previous cable we received) through the USD campus cable TV infrastructure. Please refer to the USD Campus Cable Guide for additional information.

2016-17 Housing Sign-Ups

The 2016-17 fall housing application is now available for returning students on the housing portal.

The 2016-17 housing rates are now available.

Living on campus has the added value of high quality, safe facilities, and caring community and staff. 

Important Housing Sign-Up Dates for Returning Students:

  • Campus Housing Application Period: Monday, February 1, 2016 at 10AM – Monday, February 29, 2016 at 4PM

          *If you are interested in 2016-17 housing make sure to sign-up during the month of February. Please note that you do not select your roommates or specific room until the end of March.

          *All first year students are required to live on campus for the 2016-17 academic year. If you sign-up after February you will not be included in the lottery (room selection) process and will be automatically assigned a room based on availability. 

  • Squatter’s Rights and Neighborhood Option: Monday, February 1, 2016 at 10AM – Monday, February 29, 2016 at 4PM

           *To learn more about Squatter's Rights, the Neighborhood Option and LIFT, review this timeline for more information.

  • Notification of room selection day/time: Monday, March 28, 2016 by 6PM
  • Roommate Selection and Confirmation: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 10AM
  • Online Room Selection Period: Monday, April 4, 2016 at 10AM – Friday, April 8, 2016 at 4PM

          To learn more about the housing sign-up process review this helpful handout.

             Please note that the 2016-17 housing sign up process for new students will not be available until April-May. 

The Apartment Experience

Learn more information about living in on campus apartments at USD from the student perspective. We offer fully furnished apartments with full kitchens.

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!

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.

Contact Information

Residential Life
Missions Crossroads
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 260-4777