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 can now complete an application online through the housing portal.

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. See these websites for more information: and If you do not submit a housing application you will still be booked and billed for spring housing so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible in order for our staff to better accommodate your housing preferences.

We encourage ALL students to submit this application as soon as possible in order to better accommodate their top housing preferences.

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. If you do not request a specific room, you will be placed in an available room that best fits your preferences that you list on the application.

Intersession 2016 Housing Application Available

Any resident that is requesting housing during intersession must submit an Intersession Housing Application online through the housing portal. You do not need to be taking courses or working on campus to be considered for on-campus housing during intersession. However, you must be a student in good standing through student conduct and be registered for spring classes.

If you are living in a “continuous housing” area (Manchester Village, University Terrace Apartments, Presidio Terrace Apartments, or San Antonio De Padua Apartments-non-freshman status residents only), you do not need to complete this application. However, you do need to notify Resident Staff of your occupancy dates during Christmas break and Intersession. Your RA or CD will provide you more information on how to do this.

Thanksgiving Memo 2015

You are welcome to remain in your fall room during Thanksgiving break at no additional cost. Residential Life will be hosting a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for students that stay on campus that we encourage all to attend. Please review the Thanksgiving Memo for how to sign up to stay on campus and helpful tips if you are going home for the holiday break.

2016-2017 RA Application Now Available

Residential Life is accepting applications for the Resident Assistant position for academic year 2016 – 2017.  The application can be found at this link: 

Please note that candidates are required to attend an information session, a group process interview on Saturday morning, 02.13 or Tuesday evening, 02.16, and a 30 minute individual interview on Thursday, 02.18.  Residential Life will contact you to schedule your group process interview and individual interview.

Candidates must attend and sign-in to ONE information session.  Candidates will be introduced to the requirements, roles, and responsibilities at the information sessions.  Please see the list of days/dates, times, and locations below,

  • Monday, 11.30, 9PM in Missions Crossroads
  • Wednesday, 12.02, 9PM in the Multipurpose Room of the Alcalá Vistas Apartments
  • Thursday, 12.03, 9PM in Maher Hall
  • Additional sessions will be added for spring 2016 (late January and early February)

Please email Luke LaCroix at for questions about RA selection.

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.

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