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.

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: Chelsea Kott

Chelsea Kott is the Community Director in the Alcalá Vista Apartments. As a transfer student and an alumna of the University of San Diego, Chelsea is thrilled to be back on campus working and thriving in the Vistas. 

She began her career in higher education as a commuter student at Santa Barbara City College and later transferred to the University of San Diego to complete her bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies. Upon graduation, Chelsea worked in Real Estate and then found her way back to USD where she worked at the School of Law for three years.  

Chelsea then left the great city of San Diego to earn her master’s degree in Higher Education at Boston College. While completing her graduate study, she worked at MIT in the Office of Student Citizenship and at Boston College in the Office of Residential Life and served as a graduate assistant for the Associate Dean of the BC Lynch School of Education. She loved her time in Boston and is thrilled to be back at her alma mater with her Torero family! 

When Chelsea is not in her office or spending time with students, you can find her practicing yoga and working on her handstands in the Vistas courtyards!

Chelsea’s office is located in Palomar 101. Like many other staff across campus, Chelsea has other commitments during the day and may not be in her office, so please email her at or call her office line at 619-767-3800 to set up an appointment.

Community Director: Carrington Lemon

Carrington Lemon is the Assistant Community Director in the Alcalá Vista Apartments. Carrington knew from the moment he landed in San Diego and arrived to campus, the University of San Diego would become his home away from home! Words cannot describe how excited and enthusiastic he is to be here at USD.

Carrington was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois near the downtown area and has always dreamed of moving to California. He completed his undergraduate career at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), double majored in Political Science and Sociology, with a focus in Pre-Law studies. His undergraduate involvement includes serving in the Residence Hall Council, working at the desk in the residence halls, student hearing board panelist, Orientation, the African American Academic Network, and student programs such as the UIC Fashion Showo, which began his journey for a career in higher education.

Carrington is completing his graduate work at the University of San Diego in the Master’s in Higher Education Leadership program. Carrington thrives when enhancing the experiences of his residents and is happy to be working in Residential Life.

Carrington’s office is located in Palomar 102, right across from the Alcalá Vista’s Desk. In addition to being an employee at USD, Carrington is also a student with many academic commitments outside of the office. He can be contacted at or 619-767-3672. When Carrington isn’t working and has free time, you can find him at the beach learning to surf, slack-lining, taking a nap, or studying for the LSAT.

Resident Minister: Father Gino Correa


Fr. Gino Correa, OFM is the new Resident Minister in the Vista Apts. (Palomar 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 Palomar 321 and at his office at University Ministries or by way of e-mail

Resident Minister Claire Gosen

Claire Gosen

Claire Gosen is a Resident Minister in the Vistas (Cuyamaca 231). She graduated from the University of San Diego in 2014 and spent the last year serving with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest in Portland, OR.

Claire is happy to be back in San Diego and is looking forward to supporting students as a Resident Minister this year. She hopes to help students, RA’s and staff continue to build a welcoming atmosphere in the Vistas and across campus. Claire is really excited to be involved with the weekly University Ministry small  group and other opportunities offered to sophomores.

You can contact Claire by email at if you are interested in scheduling a time to get together, or you're more than welcome to stop by her apartment in the Vistas to say hello.

Resident Minister Deanna Wolf

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