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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.

Palomar is home to the new gathering space located near the Palomar courtyard. This space is perfect for grabbing a snack or filling up your coffee mug for free. Please check the door for posted hours and make sure to stop by for Cookies and Convo, where you can catch up with friends and enjoy a freshly baked cookie.

Additionally, there is a new patio space that is perfect for lounging or studying with friends. The outdoor space has tables and chairs to spread out books and computers if needed and features outlets for powering up your devices. There are great shaded areas on sunny days and also a BBQ if you want to do a cookout with friends. See the front desk for the key and utensils.

Finally, the Vistas Multi Purpose Room was recently renovated and has moveable furniture perfect for individual and group study. For great programming options there are flat screen televisions with HD Directv and DVR. If you have a class during your favorite program – stop by and set up the DVR to capture your show and you can watch it later with friends.

The Alcalá Vista Apartments is home of the Second-Year Torero Experiential Program (STEP). This is designed to offer programs and services that are geared to the unique needs of sophomore students, both returning and transfer. Programs include the STEP 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 Neighborhood is a Sophomore area that is located in 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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Vistas Desk 
The Vistas Desk is located in Palomar and is the center of activity for the Alcalá Vista Apartments. The front desk staff encodes room key cards, gives information, provides vacuums and other sundries for residents.. You can access the computer lab and print assignments from the Palomar Lounge. You can reach the Vistas Front Desk at (619) 767-3700.

During the 2015-2016 academic year, Res Life is continuing to build on the successes of STEP 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 programs throughout the school year that will give students unique access to resources, information. Click here for more details.

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Checkout what the Vistas have been up to this Spring 2015. See the homepage for current weekly events.

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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.

Vistas Multi Purpose Room 
The Multi Purpose Room is located next to the Vistas Desk. It is a great room for studying or hanging out. 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. Two large screen televisions are available with DirecTV offering HD quality programming and DVR capabilities. Students are encouraged to record their favorite programs as needed.

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 (619) 767-3700. The office is located at Vistas Desk.

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 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 working at the University of San Diego Residential Life. He has spent his entire life in the Boston area. 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. He currently is the strength and conditioning coach for the University of San Diego Men's Rugby Team.

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