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. 

Housing Sign Up Process-For Returning Students

For those who have signed up for housing for the 2015 - 2016 academic year, you will be receiving an email on Monday, March 30 by 6pm outlining your room selection time/date.

Also you can begin confirming roommates on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 10am.

For full instructions you will want to review the Housing Sign Up Process document.

Please note that the Squatter's Rights process and the Neighborhood option are both closed. For those who participated in either the Squatter's Rights process or the Neighborhood option, you will be receiving a room placement confirmation prior to March 30 at 6pm.

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

The new student application portal will open in early Mary. Please check our website at that time and feel free to contact Residential Life with any questions or concerns. Residential Life can be reached at or 619-260-4777.

2015 Spring Break Housing Sign Up

Non continuous residence halls will be closed Saturday, March 28th at noon through Sunday, April 5th at 10AM. Non continuous residence halls include all first year areas, the Alcala Vistas and San Buenaventura. If you live in one of these areas and are interested in staying on campus during spring break please complete the Spring Break E-form by March 23rd at 5PM to avoid a late application fee.  The e-form outlines the cost of staying on campus during spring break and you can also refer to the spring housing page for additional information.

Continuous residence halls will remain open for residents at no additional cost. Continuous residence halls include Manchester Village, San Antonio de Padua, University Terrace Apartments and Presidio Terrace Apartments. If you live in one of these areas and are interested in staying on campus during spring break please notify your Resident Assistant.

Spring Break Memo 2015

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

Vistas: Weekly Happenings

To find out about events happening in the Vistas this week check out the Monday Morning Newsletter.

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!