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

We know that living in close proximity to others during a pandemic increases the possibility of transmission of a virus. Therefore, all USD students who live in the residence halls were relocated from campus no later than Sunday, March 22.

For more information on resources that are available regarding dining on-campus, travel, storage, and temporary housing accommodations, please review the resources on the Auxiliary Services website. 

For more information from USD regarding COVID-19, please review USD's information website.

2020 Summer Housing Information

Summer Housing Application

At this time, 2020 summer housing at USD is still an uncertainty with the developing pandemic of COVID-19. More information will be provided as it becomes available. 

Second Year Residency Requirement

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

Returning Student Housing Application

It is time for 2020-21 housing sign-ups! Below is a timeline of the process:

  • Monday, February 3 (noon) - The 2020-21 housing application opens on the housing portal
    • *Please note, for rising juniors and seniors, housing on-campus will be limited next academic year, and priority will be given based on the date/time the application is completed.
    • This portion of the application includes:
      • Agreeing to the 2020-21 Housing and Dining Terms and Conditions
      • Updating Emergency Contact info
      • Updating housing profile preferences
  • Friday, February 14 (4pm) - priority deadline for Neighborhood Option application. For more information on what a Neighborhood is, check out our Applications page!
  • Week of February 17 - housing tours will be offered in all apartment areas. More information to be provided via email and by your RA!
  • Friday, February 28 (4pm) - deadline for housing application and final deadline for Neighborhood option.
  • Late March/Early April - roommate and room selection was originally set to occur during the last week of March and first few weeks of April. With the decision to move all residents out of campus housing by March 22, we will be delaying this portion of the selection process until early/mid April. More information will be provided via email!

Incoming First-Year Students

The housing application for new 2020-21 first year students will become available in mid-May on your New Student Checklist in the MySanDiego portal.

The University of San Diego has a two-year residency requirement. Please visit the First-Year housing webpage for more information on housing, and the First Year Registration page for more information on other requirements before you get to USD this Spring!

Living Learning Community (LLC) Residence Hall Descriptions
Residence Hall LLC Room Types
Camino/Founders Cultivate and Illuminate

*Please note - in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021, Camino and Founders Halls will be offline for renovation work as a part of USD's Renaissance plan. The Cultivate LLC will be temporarily relocated to the San Antonio de Padua (SAP) building for the 2020-21 academic year, and the Illuminate LLC will be relocated to Valley B. 

Maher Collaborate

Single (limited), double (limited), triple and quadruple rooms.

Each room contains a bathroom with shower, toilet and sink, which is shared among the residents of that room (single rooms have a private bathroom, double rooms share the bathroom with those two students, etc.)

Valley A 
(Formerly Missions A) 

Single and double rooms.

Each floor is a suite of 8 residents, with two shared bathrooms with shower, toilet and sinks. All residents in the suite share these bathrooms, regardless of the room occupancy type. 

Valley B
(Formerly Missions B)
Innovate and Illuminate

Single and triple rooms.

Each floor has a total of approximately 40 residents, with two shared bathrooms, with two shower stalls, two toilets and two sinks in each bathroom. All residents on the floor share these bathrooms, regardless of the room occupancy type. 

San Antonio de Padua (SAP) Cultivate

Triple and Quadruple rooms.

The SAP apartment complex contains large studio and one-bedroom apartments, with a furnished kitchen (stove/oven, microwave and fridge/freezer), living room, and bathroom for 3 or 4 residents. 


Incoming Transfer Students

The housing application for new 2020-21 transfer students will become available in mid-May on the housing portal.

We look forward to you moving onto campus!

The University of San Diego has a two-year residency requirement. Please visit the Transfer Student Housing and Second Year Housing webpages for more information. 

Incoming Graduate/Law Students

Housing for graduate and law students is VERY limited. Additional resources can be found on the off-campus housing website.

The New Graduate and Law Housing Application will become available in mid-May on the housing portal. In order to be added to an interest list, please submit an application and our office will contact you if space becomes available.


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