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.

Housing Portal

All students can access the housing portal for applications, electronic room condition forms, room selection and more. 

2017-18 Housing Sign-Ups for Returning Students

The 2017-18 housing application is now available through February 28, 2017 at 4PM. All applicants and potential roommates must complete their online campus housing applications to be considered for on campus housing.

Apartment Housing Tours: February 7 and 8! More information will be emailed to residents. Talk to your RA if you have questions!

To find out more information on housing sign-ups, Squatter's Rights, the Neighborhood Option or room selection feel free to visit Residential Life on the garden level of Mission Crossroads 125 between 8:30AM-5PM Monday-Friday or come by one of the housing sign-up fairs taking place during the month of February (weekly email invitations will be sent). You can also contact Residential Life at or 619-260-4777.

The 2017-18 Housing Rates have been finalized. These rates are per semester.

Squatter's Rights: Squatter’s Rights allows students to live in the same apartment for the next academic year (available in SAP, MV and UTAs, students could be relocated to comparable apartment). Each roommate must complete the online housing application and submit the Squatter’s Rights e-form by February 28, 2017. 

Neighborhood Option: Groups of 8, 12, or 16 friends can sign up and live in neighboring apartments (available in San Buenaventura or the Vistas - Cuyamaca, Palomar, and Laguna). All students must complete the Neighborhood Option e-form for application to be complete. Completed applications by Feb 13 will receive priority in placement. If you are interested in being part of the LIFT (Living in Faith Together Community) you will also need to complete the Neighborhood Option e-form.

Second Year Torero Experiential Program (STEP): Every on campus sophomore will be able to participate in the STEP program. STEP provides strategically developed programs in the Vistas and San Buenaventura to support second year students. 

Notification of Room Selection Day/Time: Monday, March 27, 2017 by 6PM. All lottery participants (those who have not chosen Squatter’s Rights or pursued a Neighborhood option) will receive email messages with their room selection day and time.

Roommate Selection and Confirmation: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 10AM. All lottery participants that have received a sign – up room selection date and time will be able to select roommate(s) and have those selected roommate(s) confirm each other’s selections. Roommate selection(s) must be mutual and all potential roommate(s) must mutually confirm through the housing portal.

Online Room Selection Period: Monday, April 3, 2017 at 12noon through Monday, April 10, 2017 at 4PM. Online room (and roommate) assignments should be made on the days and times according to the emails you received on March 27, 2017.

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.

Spring 2017 Housing

The spring 2017 housing application is now available for new and returning students. New spring admits with further questions, please contact

Graduate and Law Students: Housing is very limited for graduate and law students. If you are still in need of housing for the spring semester please contact our office at 619-260-4777 or and visit our graduate and law housing page for more information.

Returning Students: Housing is very lmited for returning upperclassmen students . If you are still in need of housing for the spring semester please call 619-260-4777 or email

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.

2017 Spring Break Housing Sign Up

Non continuous residence halls will be closed Saturday, March 4th at noon and will reopen Sunday, March 12th 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 Monday, February 27th at 5PM to avoid a late application fee of $65.  The e-form outlines the cost of staying on campus during spring break.

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 2017-Will be available by February. Feel free to contact Residential Life for more information at or 619-260-4777. 

RA Recruitment and Selection

Applications are now available for the 2017-2018 Resident Assistant Staff.  The deadline to apply is Sunday, February 5, 2017.  Information about the application and interview process can be found on the Prospective Resident Assistance page.  If you have questions please contact Bernadette Smith ( or Kevin Melara (

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.


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Contact Information

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

Phone: (619) 260-4777