Spring 2014 New Student Orientation
Mark your calendars now for all the exciting, fun Torero Days events planned to welcome you to USD. Visit the orientation website for a full schedule.
Where do I get information about MicroFridges?
Incoming freshmen should get information in the mail. However, if you do not receive that letter, you can contact the company by calling 1-888-929-0806. There is also information available on their website.
Can I ship items to campus for Move In?
As a convenience for our students the Mail Room is willing to accept packages and mail prior to move in. Please click here to refer to all the details and specifics about addresses and timelines for shipping items to USD prior to your arrival. For more information on the mail center click here.
What should I bring with me as an incoming resident?
We have made a quick list of things to consider bringing with you as you transition to the University of San Diego. The list we have created is a good place to start but we would also suggest you connect with your roommate if possible to see what items you can share. Click here to review the list of items you might need.
Am I required to have a meal plan?
First Year and Second year resident students (or any resident student with 0-59.5 credits) are required to select a meal plan. You can view the available options for meal plans at: http://www.sandiego.edu/dining/mealplans/faqs.php. Voluntary meal plans are also available for Upperclassman, Graduate, and Law students. Note that all Meal Plan changes, including cancellations, must be made online via the MySanDiego portal during the first ten class days of the undergraduate semester. After that time frame there will be no changes or cancellations allowed.
What if something is broken in my room?
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. Click this link to submit a work order through our new system. If you have any questions please contact us at 619.260.4777 or via email at email@example.com.
How do I become a Resident Assistant?
Academic Year selections for Resident Assistants take place throughout the course of the Spring semester. Informational sessions regarding the application process are held beginning in December, and continue into early February. Throughout this time, the application materials are posted on the Residential Life website. The application process consists of a paper application, group interview, and an individual interview by invitation. Notification of Academic Year Resident Assistant appointments typically take place by early April. Candidates must have a 2.75 minimum GPA, and prior service in Student Affairs or on-campus involvement is recommended.Summer Resident Assistant applications become available in the last week of March on the Residential Life website. This position involves a dual role as both a Summer Project Worker or Summer Office Assistant, in addition to the Resident Assistant responsibilities. Summer Resident Assistant appointments are notified by the end of April.
What size beds can I expect in the freshman residence halls?
All of our First Year residence halls are furnished with Twin-XL size beds. These beds are 80"Lx40"WX6"D. All Twin-XL size sheets and bedding should fit these residence hall beds. There is approximately three feet of space from the ground to the mattress. Additional storage space can be generated by purchasing bed risers (easily purchased at Target, Walmart, or other convenience stores). Please note, however that lofting of beds is not permitted. Bunking of beds is permitted, with approval from the Residential Life office.
Is there a bank on campus?
Yes there is a branch of U.S. Bank on campus located on the lower level of the University Center in the One Stop Office.
Can I submit a room change request form?
Residential Life does not allow any room changes until the 3rd week of classes. You can submit an on-line form at any time, and please work closely with your RA or CD before submitting the form. Room changes are difficult to facilitate, especially in first-year areas. Please keep in mind that a room change may result in you being moved from your LLC community, and there are many benefits to remaining in your assigned community.
Room Change Request Information Page Please click on the link for more information on the room change process.
What are the benefits of participating in an Living Learning Community (LLC)?
Students living in LLCs make connections from the day they arrive on campus with peers, faculty, resident assistant (RA), preceptorial assistant (PA) and others. They participate in curricular and co-curricular activities related to the theme. They share interests, knowledge and experiences, with others, and enrich their experience at USD. All this — learning in a small group, getting to know your professors, making connections with classmates and sharing ideas and experiences — helps build your engagement in our community.
I am experiencing problems with my computer and internet. Who can help me?
Contact ITS at the Help Desk, (619) 260-7900. Someone is available 24/7. Or visit http://www.sandiego.edu/help
Who do I contact if there is an issue in a laundry facility?
Please contact WASH at www.fixlaundry.com or 1-800-421-0575 for assistance. If you need a refund or have a specific questions you can contact housing at 619.260.4777.
What is LandryAlert and how do I use it?
LaundryAlert is a system that provides machine availability in every laundry facility on campus. It will even email or text you when your laundry is finished. Visit http://ww.laundryalert.com and enter USD3669 to use.
What kind of ameneties are available through the Residence Hall Desks?
Residential Life provides toilet paper and trash bags for free at our residence hall desks. Vacuums are also available for checkout. The Mission Crossroads Desk allows residents to check out DVDs for the entire year for only $5.
What do I do if I need a medical accommodation?
The Residential Life Department has built a strong collaboration with the Disability Services Office. As a matter of confidentiality we refer all students to the Disability Services Office. Please refer to their website for additional information on how to coordinate your accommodation.
What do I do if I'm locked out of my room?
If you are locked out of your room, please stop by one of our desk areas where you will be required to complete an E-Form requesting access to your room. If you need assistance when the desks are closed please call Public Safety at (619) 260-7777. You will be let into your room (keyed-in) by staff or depending on the circumstances a temporary key may be issued for you to access to your room. You are allowed two free key-ins or temporary keys per semester. A $10 charge will be billed to your student account for each additional key or key-in. If a temporary card is not returned to the desk after the expiration date your student account will be billed $20. Lost IDs can be replaced for $15 at Campus Card Services.
I am experiencing problems with my computer and the internet. Who can help
Contact IT’S at the Help Desk, (619) 260-7900. Someone is available 24/7.
Can I have an A/C unit?
Yes, if a resident requests a portable air conditioning unit in their room they will need to have a signed agreement submitted to the Residential Life Department in which they are accountable and liable for any and all damage resulting from the unit. Also it is strongly encouraged that a resident with a unit pursues renter’s insurance. A resident will not have an A/C unit that sits in a window as these are prohibited in USD Residence Halls. Also all units will not exceed 11,000 BTU and will use no more than 11 running amps. Residents are responsible for ensuring proper venting and are responsible for implementing SASH locks to secure the window (these are available at any front desk and Missions Crossroads).
Renter's Insurance Consideration
While the University of San Diego does not cover lost, stolen or damaged property, the university certainly recognizes the need for ensuring the safety of your property. The university does not recommend or endorse any individual insurance company however we strongly urge all families to contact their insurance agents, check their homeowner's policies, and consider purchasing a renter’s policy to cover the student while living on campus.
I want to live on campus during the intersession? How do I secure housing?
Residents living in Manchester Village, San Antonia de Padua, University Terrace, and the
Presidio Terrace Apartments can live on campus during intersession without taking any
additional steps because intersession housing is included in their contract. All Intersession Housing Applications must be submitted no less than two business days prior to your arrival to avoid a $65 late registration fee. You do not need to be taking courses or working on campus to be considered for on-campus housing during intersession. For more information about the application process and to sign up visit our intersession page.
I will be studying abroad for Fall 2013 and want to live on campus in Spring 2014. How do I sign up for spring housing?
If you studying abroad for Fall 2013 you will not participate in the Returning Student Sign Up Process. You will need to complete the Spring 2014 on-campus housing application which will be available on-line in early November 2013. At that time you will complete the application and submit your $250 non-refundable prepayment.
If you know a specific room that will have an open space in Spring 2014 that you would like to move into, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your request in November. 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.
What meal plans are available and where may I dine with my meal plan? What are "Dining Dollars" and how do I use "Campus Cash" for meals?
All students are given a variety of 'Plus' Meal Plan options designed to fit individual eating habits and every busy academic schedule. Find answers to all your meal plan questions.
How do I request a USD Mailbox Address as a New Resident?
-Send an email to email@example.com
-Include: Full Name, Student ID #, what Community you live in (ie. Camino-Founders, Maher, Missions A, Missions B, etc.)
-Once they have received your email, they will send you a response with your new address, mailbox # and mailbox combination code.
When do I have to check out of my room at the end of spring semester?
All residents must vacate the Residence Halls by 12 noon on May 23, 2013 or 24 hours after their
last final, whichever comes first.