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Alcalá Vista Apartments

Vistas Residence HallThe Alcalá Vista Apartments include 192 apartments, and are located adjacent to the Sports Center Complex (gym, locker rooms, weight room, pool, and tennis courts). The majority of these units have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, and a living room. Each of these two-bedroom units accommodates four residents. The three-story units are clustered around three courtyards and feature the Spanish Renaissance architecture that is used throughout the main campus. A reception desk, laundry facilities, study rooms, wide-screen TV, lounge, and staff offices are located on the first floor of Palomar Hall.

The Alcalá Vista Apartments are the home of the Second-Year Experience (SYE) program. This RLC is designed to offer programs and services that are geared to the unique needs of sophomore students, both returning and transfer. Programs include the SYE Welcome Back BBQ, Drop-In Academic Advising, attending athletic events, community service projects, and housing participants of the SYE Abroad program.

The Living in Faith Together (LIFT) UM RLC is a Sophmore RLC that is located in the Borrego Hall, Alcala Vista Apartments. The theme of LIFT is taking leadership in your residential and faith community. Members of LIFT will be provided multiple opportunities to take leadership especially in the faith community on campus.

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Palomar Desk
The Palomar Desk is the center of activity for the Alcalá Vista apartments. The front desk staff encodes room key cards, takes messages, gives information, provides vacuums and other sundries for residents.. You can also check out pool table equipment, movies and games for the Palomar Lounge. If you need to mail any items, outgoing mail is picked up twice a day Monday through Friday. You can reach the Palomar Front Desk at extension 3700.

STEP Program
During the 2014-2015 academic year, Res Life is piloting an innovative new program designed specifically for second-year Toreros to provide the tools and information necessary to be successful both inside and out of the classroom at USD. We will be offering a mix of both social and academic/vocational throughout the school year that will give students unique access to resources, information, and programs. Click here for more details.

Hours of Operation

Day Opening Closing
Monday 9:00 a.m. 12:00 a.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. 12:00 a.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. 12:00 a.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. 12:00 a.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. 2:00 a.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. 2:00 a.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. 12:00 a.m.

Please note that RAs will be on duty every night at the desk until 12:00 a.m. on weekdays, and 2:00 a.m. on weekends.

Palomar Lounge
The lounge is located next to the Palomar desk. It is a great room for studying or hanging out. The Lounge facilities include a billiards table, an air hockey table, computers and a large screen television. Plenty of seats and couches are available, as well as work tables for projects, studying, or just hanging out with your friends. The lounge is also a popular location for resident assistant programs that are open to all of our resident students.

RA Office
The Resident Assistant Office is where you can find Resident Assistants working on programming efforts and performing their on-duty hours. Contact the RA Office by dialing extension 3762. The office is located in the Palomar lounge.

Laundry Facilities The Laundry Facilities are in Palomar. The cost for a load of laundry in the washer is $1.25 and dryers are $.50. You need to purchase a laundry card for $2.00 and you can replenish your money on the card in $5, $10, and $20. Increments. The laundry card machine does not take $1.00 bills.

Community Director Office: William Andrews
Will Andrews Community DirectorWilliam Andrews is the Community Director in the Alcalá Vista Apartments. He is excited to be starting his first year in the Residential Life Department at the USD. He is originally from Georgia, but raised in Eastern North Carolina. He graduated from Chowan University in Murfreesboro, North Carolina with his bachelor¹s in Graphic Communication and Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina with a master¹s in College Student Personnel. Prior to joining the USD, William spent 3 years working at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri as a Residence Hall Coordinator. William is looking forward to discovering all the wonderful opportunities that San Diego has to offer as far as great beaches, parks, and restaurants. During the day you can find him in his office in Palomar or walking around campus on his way to various meetings.

William's office is located in Palomar 101. His office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, or by appointment. Like many other staff across campus, William has other commitments during the day and may not be in his office. Please email him at or call him at extension 3800 to set up an appointment.

Assistant Community Director: Scott ThomasScott Thomas Assistant Community Director

Scott Thomas is the Assistant Community Director for the Alcala Vista Apartments. He is very excited to be coming to the University of San Diego. He’s have spent his entire life in the Boston area up until this. In his time at Boston College, he spent two years serving as a Resident Assistant. He also worked in Boston College’s Office of Health Promotion, and played rugby for three seasons.

Resident Minister: Father Gino Correa

Fr. Gino Correa, OFM is the new Resident Minister in the Vista Apts. (Cuyamaca Hall).  Fr. Gino is the new University Chaplain and is originally from the Land of Enchantment, New Mexico.  Fr. Gino is a Franciscan Friar and has ministered previously in Hispanic and Native American missions.  He holds graduate degrees in Scripture and Counseling and looks forward to working with students and staff as Chaplain and as Resident Minister.

Fr. Gino can be reached at Cuyamaca 231 and at his office at University Ministries or by way of e-mail

Resident Minister Meggie ZangerMeggie Zanger Resident Minister

Meggie Zanger is a Resident Minister in the Vista Apartments (Laguna Hall). She is also a second year graduate student working towards her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She enjoys working with college students as a Resident Minister and as the Graduate Assistant for C.A.R.E. - Campus Assault Resources and Education. Meggie received her undergraduate degree at Santa Clara University.

Meggie can be reached at Laguna 231, the Women's Center - SLP 420, or via email at

Resident Minister Deanna Wolf

Deanna is a Resident Minister in the Vista Apartments (Borrego Hall). She works with the L.I.F.T. (Living in Faith Together) community for second year students. Deanna is also pursuing a dual masters program in Public Administration and Latin American Studies. She enjoys service immersion in Tijuana and is especially interested in immigration policy. In her spare time, Deanna can be found at a yoga studio, running, riding her bike, planning her next trip, or reading a good book on the beach. She received her undergraduate degree in Liberal Studies from the University of San Diego. Deanna can be reached at Borrego 231 or via email at