First Year Housing: Maher Hall

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Please note that Maher Hall has single/double (limited), triple and quadraple rooms.

Maher Hall is a freshman residence hall located on the top three floors of the five story building that was originally St. Francis Seminary. Maher is coed by wing. Most of the rooms are triples or quads, and a very limited number of double rooms are also available. A Community Director, eight Resident Assistants, and a Resident Minister reside in this area.

The lower floors contain classrooms and administrative offices. All rooms have wall-to-wall carpeting. Each residence room has its own bathroom including toilet, sink, and shower. These bathrooms must be cleaned by the residents. Each resident is provided with an extra-long (80") twin bed, chest of drawers, desk and desk chair. In addition, each room has wireless internet and cable television access. Most residence rooms are entered from the outside balconies and some rooms have splendid views of Mission Bay, Tecolote Canyon, or the fountain in front of Maher. Vending machines and laundry areas are also provided. Maher Hall is centrally located near classrooms, the library, bookstore, the mail center, Aromas and the Hahn University Center. A TV lounge and a study lounge are both located on the fifth floor. The University Alcohol Policy designates Maher Hall as a no alcohol living area regardless of age or class status.

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Maher RA Office
The Resident Assistant Office, located in Maher 306W is where you can find Resident Assistants working on programming efforts and performing their on-duty hours. Feel free to stop by and talk with any RA to discuss any concerns and ideas you may have for Maher Hall. The Maher RA duty hours are daily from 7:00PM - 12:00AM Sunday-Thursday, and 8:00PM – 2:00AM on Friday and Saturday. You can reach the Maher RA Office Desk at 619-767-3177

Please visit the Mission Crossroads desk during the day for any services including sundries such as toilet paper, vacuums, or trash bags. Mission Crossroads desk hours are Monday through Thursday 9:00AM to 7:00PM and Friday through Sunday are 10:00AM to 8:00PM.

Maher Group Study Lounge
The Study Lounge is located on the 5th floor. You will find approximately a dozen individual desks and chairs in the lounge.
Maher Lounge
The Maher Lounge is located on the 5th floor. Relax and watch a movie on the leather couches. Grab your pool cue for a game on the pool table found in the lounge. There is a DVD player for viewing the latest release. You can check out the DVD player and pool equipment at the Maher RA Office (MH 306W).

Maher Laundry Facilities
The Laundry Facilities include washing machines and dryers located on each floor of Maher Hall. 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. You can purchase a laundry card using cash, debit card, or credit card. You can purchase a laundry card and/or reload money on your laundry card at the Add Value station, located on the wall right outside the Maher Desk (MH 306W).

On the first floor of Maher Hall, on the west end, is USD’s award winning coffeehouse. Always abuzz with activity, Aromas is the perfect setting to enjoy a beverage with friends without having to leave campus. They have couches, tables, and computer stations for students to use. Please visit their website for more information.
Maher Community Director: Scott Thomas 

The Community Director Offices are where you can meet with the Community Director to discuss questions, concerns, ideas, or problems. Scott's office hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm, or by appointment. You can reach him at or you can call him at 619.767.3105 to set up an appointment.

Resident Minister: Fr. Michael White, C.S.Sp.
Fr. Mike White, C.S.Sp. is University Chaplain at USD and resides in Maher Hall (Maher 410). JoininFather Mike White Maher Resident Ministerg the Congregation of the Holy Spirit religious community (also known as the “Spiritans”) in College, he completed undergraduate studies at Rice University and the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX in 1977 with degrees in Philosophy and Education.  He completed his novitiate and professed vows as a Spiritan in 1979 prior to entering graduate studies (in Theology) at St. Mary’s University and (in Divinity) at Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, TX.

He assists in liturgies, retreats, counseling, spiritual direction and overseeing the first year program of the Bishop Maher Catholic Leadership Scholars.  He also assists as an adjunct Lecturer in the Theology and Religious Studies Department at USD, teaching Christianity and Its Practice, Introduction to Catholic Theology and Theology of Christian Marriage classes.

Please feel free to drop by his office (Maher 201), his apartment (Maher 410), or email him at