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First Year Housing

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 on the LLC program please review this document.

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: All unmarried students with credits defining them as either a first-year or second-year student who are under 20 years of age at the initial start date of their first agreement period of occupancy at the University and who do not commute from the permanent (i.e. primary and not a secondary) San Diego County home of their parent(s) or court appointed legal guardian are required to live in University housing. A Resident who becomes 20 years of age following the Resident’s initial matriculation at the University will still be subject to and required to fulfill the two-year residency requirement.

First Year Students

4 Semesters 3 Semesters 20 or Older*
Fall Enrollment X E
Spring Enrollment X E
Fall Leave of Absence X E
  • X means required and E means exception

  • *20 years or older on the day of first year agreement period of occupancy (Incoming Fall Students: August 31, 2015)

  • The above chart applies to all new first year students and transfer students with less than 30 units (completed and transferable to USD)

Transfer Students

2 Semesters 1 Semester 20 or Older* 60+ Units 4 Semesters Completed
Fall Enrollment X E E E
Spring Enrollment X E E E
  • X means required and E means exception

  • Part time enrollment is based on age and units. Contact Residential Life via email for more information (housing@sandiego.edu).

  • *20 years or older on the day of first year agreement period of occupancy (Incoming Fall Students: August 31, 2015)
  • The above chart applies to all transfer students with between 31 units and 59 units (completed and transferable to USD)

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 residency requirement applies to all first and second year students.

There are four first year residential areas, and the Living Learning Community themes associated with them for Fall, 2015 will be determined at a later date:

Camino/ Founders
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.

Maher
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.

Missions A
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.

Missions B
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 additional information.