Second Year Housing

Second Year Torero Experiential Program (STEP)

One of the major benefits of living on campus is the fully furnished apartments that offer convenient access to resident assistants and University Ministry members who are more than just residence staff. With such a wide range of resources, services and personal support offered, it's no wonder why so many Toreros choose to stay on campus after their first-year living experience.

Campus apartments are available for second-year students, and the STEP program is housed in the Vistas and San Buenaventura. All apartments have wireless internet access. Resident Ministers reside in the campus apartments along with area Community Directors and Resident Assistants. Each resident has a chest of drawers, desk, desk chair, plus all units have a sofa and chair, dining table and chairs and kitchens that include stoves and refrigerators. No small appliances, dishes, pans or utensils are provided. The room rates for all the apartment complexes include the cost of utilities and excellent wifi access.

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.

Sample floor plan for a two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment for four students:

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Sample floor plan for a four-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment for four students:

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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 (specific dates listed in the Terms and Conditions found on the Applications, Contracts and E-Forms page)
  • 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 (specific dates listed in the Terms and Conditions found on the Applications, Contracts and E-Forms page)
  • The above chart applies to all transfer students with between 31 units and 59 units (completed and transferable to USD)

Apartments available to second-year students include:

Alcala Vista Apartments

The Alcalá Vista Apartments is part of the Second Year Torero Experiential Program (STEP) and offers housing to second-year students. The Vistas complex includes Borrego, Cuyamaca, Laguna, and Palomar halls and is comprised of 192 apartment units. The majority of these units have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, and a living room. Each of these two-bedroom/two-bathroom units accommodates four residents in fully furnished apartments. All buildings are three-stories and are clustered around courtyards and feature the Spanish Renaissance architecture. The Alcalá Vistas newly renovated Gathering Space, Multipurpose Room, Quiet Study, conference room, and reception desk are located on the first floor of Palomar hall for all students to enjoy second-year specific events, coffee service, and the ability to congregate in small groups to study. Laundry facilities are also onsite and are available for residents to use during designated hours. Laundry pay card stations are conveniently located in those areas. Residential Life and University Ministry staffing includes one Community Director (CD), one Assistant Community Director (ACD), 16 Resident Assistants (RAs), and three Resident Ministers (RMs) who all reside in the Alcalá Vista Apartments.

Manchester Village

Manchester Village is a two building complex housing second-year, junior, and senior students.  Manchester Village features apartment units comprised of four single bedrooms or two double bedrooms within a continuous occupancy area (including Christmas Break, Intersession, and Spring Break). The continuous occupancy feature is at no additional cost for those with a full academic year agreement. All apartment units include fully furnished living and dining areas and a kitchen. Manchester Village includes community rooms, conference rooms, study rooms, a fitness room, two levels of abundant underground parking, and convenient USD Tram Service to main campus. Laundry facilities are also onsite and are available for residents to use during designated hours. Laundry pay card stations are conveniently located in those areas. Residential Life and University Ministry staffing includes one Community Director (CD), seven Resident Assistants (RAs), and one Resident Minister (RM) who all reside in Manchester Village.

Missions Apartments: San Antonio de Padua

The San Antonio de Padua Apartments (SAP) houses second-year, junior, and senior students in 41 units consisting of studios for two people and one-bedroom apartments for three people within a continuous occupancy area (including Christmas Break, Intersession, and Spring Break). The continuous occupancy feature is at no additional cost for those with a full academic year agreement. All apartment units include fully furnished living and dining areas and a kitchen. The SAP units facing west have a balcony overlooking Mission Bay. Laundry facilities are also onsite and are available for residents to use during designated hours. SAP also offers comfortable study spaces on the ground level and a newly renovated outdoor living room complete with a gas lit fire pit at the south end of the building. Residential Life and University Ministry staffing includes a Community Director (CD), three Resident Assistants (RAs), and one Resident Minister. SAP is adjacent to the Missions Café and Fitness Center. Second-year students living in the SAP have easy access to all Second-Year Torero Experiential Program (STEP) events and activities.

Missions Apartments: San Buenaventura

San Buenaventura, or San Buen is part of the Second-Year Torero Experiential Program (STEP) and houses second-year students. San Buen houses 72 apartments comprised of four single bedrooms or two double bedrooms. All apartment units include fully furnished living and dining areas and kitchens. Laundry facilities are also onsite and are available for residents to use during designated hours. Laundry pay card stations are conveniently located in those areas. San Buen also offers comfortable study spaces, a classroom with SmartBoard technology, a reflection room complete with a baby grand piano, and a nearby, newly renovated outdoor living room complete with a gas lit fire pit. San Buen is adjacent to the Missions Café and Fitness Center. Residential Life and University Ministry staffing includes seven Resident Assistants (RAs) who live onsite and a Community Director (CD) who lives nearby.

University Terrace Apartments

The University Terraces Apartments offer a mature living environment for second-year, junior, and senior students. The 38 apartments have two bedrooms and either 1 or 2 baths for three or four residents respectively. The UTAs are a continuous occupancy area (including Christmas Break, Intersession, and Spring Break). The continuous occupancy feature is at no additional cost for those with a full academic year agreement. All units are fully furnished offering living and dining areas and a kitchen. The complex also has two-laundry rooms with laundry pay card stations, a fitness room and two-study rooms. Residential Life staffing includes four Resident Assistants (RAs) who reside in the area and a nearby Assistant Community Director (ACD). Second-year students living in the UTAs have easy access to all Second-Year Torero Experiential Program (STEP) events and activities.

For more information about the STEP, please visit the SYE website.