Campus Housing and Residence Halls

In partnership with other university departments, we continually enhance our facilities, services and programs in order to provide a safe, inclusive living community and to create learning opportunities that support the holistic growth of each resident.

Ask any current Torero resident or the scores of alumni who once called Alcalá Park home—they will tell you their number #1 reason for living on-campus is/was the sense of community that comes from living among your peers. Nothing can compare to the fun and excitement of living in an environment where the learning never stops and lasting memories are waiting to be made.

COVID-19 Updates re: Residential Life and Housing

On July 9, President Harris announced that all on-campus housing will be single occupancy (private bedrooms), for the health and safety of the USD community, based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommended low-risk model. USD is also releasing our first- and second-year students from on-campus housing requirements for the 2020-21 academic year.

The above information is subject to change, based off updated state and county guidelines.

For more information about USD's overall response and plans to reopen amidst the COVID-19 virus, please visit the Torero Blueprint website

2020 Summer Housing Information

Summer Housing Application

2020 summer housing at USD is not being offered, with the developing pandemic of COVID-19. 

Second Year Residency Requirement

*The first- and second-year residency requirment has been waived for the 2020-21 academic year, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The University has completed a significant study focused on recreating the success of the first year experience and duplicating this for second year students. Learn more about on campus housing for second year students. Living on campus offers the perfect balance.

Renter's Insurance

Living on campus is a great opportunity but please consider pursuing Renter's Insurance or asking your parents about their home owner's insurance. Residential Life does not exclusively promote a particular provider but there is important information about your housing agreement and liability considerations.

The Apartment Experience

Learn more information about living in on campus apartments at USD from the student perspective. We offer fully furnished apartments with full kitchens.

Take a tour of the Residence Halls

Are you interested in taking a virtual tour of our residence halls? Join Torero Life as they take you through two of our residence halls for first-year students and second-year students!

USD Fix My Home

If you have an issue in your room or apartment, please use our new convenient online work orders system to submit your requests. The entire process is moving to a paperless process to save the environment and get your requests addressed faster. You can submit a work order through our new system. If you have any questions please contact us at (619) 260-4777 or via email at

Information on Emergency Preparedness for our Resident Students

Learn about emergency preparedness for resident students.


Have a question? Check out our FAQ Page.

2020-21 Academic Year Housing Information


Campus housing will be opened in a very limited capacity for the fall semester for students that previously had been offered an on-campus housing assignment in late July. Occupancy has been adjusted to reduce campus housing density so all students will have a single (private) bedroom and bathroom. 

The housing application deadline has passed for USD students for the fall semester. Students may still complete the 2020-21 Academic Year housing application in the housing portal in order to be added to the interest list.  The spring semester housing application will become available in November.

Please note that housing for returning students that missed the initial housing sign-up deadline is VERY limited. We encourage students to review the off-campus housing resources and strongly consider off-campus options.



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