First Year Housing
First Year housing is the home of our Living Learning Community program. These areas offer easy access to classes and your professors, as well as close proximity to your classmates for study group sessions, and convenient access to on-campus events such as lectures, concerts, athletic events and the wide range of recreational activities on campus.
Living on campus makes it easy to familiarize yourself with our vibrant campus community, and when you choose to become part of our dynamic Living Learning Communities, you’ll have an opportunity to instantly connect with the Torero lifestyle. For more information CLICK HERE.
In order to help you make a seamless transition to college life and community living, each first-year residence has live-in professional Community Directors, Resident Ministers and undergraduate Resident Assistants who are committed to helping you maximize your on-campus living experience.
PLEASE NOTE: USD requires that all unmarried freshmen and sophomore students not commuting from the primary (i.e. full-time) home of their parent(s) or legal guardian, are required to live on campus.
All contracts are for the full academic year, which consists of both fall and spring semesters, or if entered into after the beginning of the academic year, for the remainder of that academic year. These policies apply to any freshman and transfer students who enter USD. *The second-year requirement is to be implemented Fall, 2014 for transfer students and incoming first-year students.
There are four first year residential areas, and the Living Learning Community themes associated with them for Fall, 2014 will be determined at a later date:
The Camino/Founders complex features two connected buildings, separated by gender, on the west end of campus that were originally built for the San Diego College of Women in the early 1950s. Student residences exist on the second floor, while classrooms occupy the second floor, of these two-story buildings. Camino Hall is our All-Male accommodation, whereas Founders is All-Female. Their unique design provides most rooms with a view of the beautifully landscaped courtyards. Residents share communal bathrooms with individual “Johnny-Squares” assigned to each room. The rooms accommodate two, three or four residents.
Located at the center of campus and adjacent to the beautiful Plaza de San Diego, Maher Hall provides student housing on the top three stories of the building. Coed by wing, all Maher rooms have private baths and accommodate two, three or four residents.
Coed by floor, the Missions A Complex offers suite-style living, in which each floor consists of a semi-private shower and bathroom, with furnished lounges. Each suite has eight residents living in either single or double bedrooms. Each suite has its own common room and two bathrooms to be shared by the eight residents of the suite.
The Missions B Complex consists of four three-story buildings (San Luis, San Juan, San Miguel, and San Rafael) that offer single and double occupancy bedrooms. Each floor provides residents with two communal bathroom areas and two lounges.
Please visit our Living Learning Communities pages for further information.