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.

2021 Spring Semester Hours

Res Life Office Hours - All three desks in Residential Life (the Alcala Vistas, Manchester Village, and Mata'yuum Crossroads) Additionally, you can reach us at 619-260-4777 or email us at

  • We also have on-call residential staff if you need support from Res Life after hours, and you can reach us through Public Safety (619-260-7777).

  • Vistas Desk Hours

    • Monday-Friday: 9am-8pm 

    • Saturday & Sunday: 9am-5pm

    • RA on Duty

      • 8pm-11pm (Sun-Thurs)
      • 8pm-12am (Fri-Sat)
  • Manchester Village (building 2) Desk Hours

    • Monday-Thursday: 9am-8pm (Wednesday open at 10am)

    • Friday: 9am-6pm
    • Saturday & Sunday: closed

    • RA on Duty

      • 8pm-11pm (Sun-Thurs)
      • 8pm-12am (Fri-Sat)
  • Mata'yuum Crossroads Desk Hours

    • Monday-Friday: 9am-8pm

    • Saturday & Sunday: 9am-5pm

    • RA on Duty

      • 8pm-11pm (Sun-Thurs)
      • 8pm-12am (Fri-Sat)


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 Onward USD website.  

Second Year Residency Requirement

*The first- and second-year residency requirement was waived for the 2020-21 academic year, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, based on the direction of the COVID-19 virus and vaccinations in the state/county, and USD's ability to support students on-campus, we are reinstating the residency requirment for first- and second-year students for the 2021-22 academic year. 

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.

2021-22 Academic Year Housing Application

Typically, the housing application opens on Feburary 1 for the following academic year. This year, due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, specific plans are still being determined regarding housing occupancy for the 2020-21 academic year.

Please know that it is our plan to return our apartment-style living to our “typical” occupancy (single and double occupancy), and to reinstate the residency requirement for students in their first and second years at USD. This would apply to all current first year USD students. A reminder of who the residency requirement applies to can be found on this section of our website

Our housing application timeline (CURRENT USD STUDENTS) is as follows: 

  • April 5-19 - Housing Application available on the housing portal (beginning at noon (PST) on April 5). 

    • Includes agreeing to Terms and Conditions and updating housing preferences.

    • Our office does NOT give priority based on when you complete the housing application. As long as the application is completed by April 19 at 4pm (PST), students will be able to participate in roommate selection and the lottery process for apartment selection.
  • April 20 - Roommate Selection (accessible if you applied for housing between April 5-19)

    • Starting on the 20th, you will be able to log into the housing portal and select up to 3 roommates in a roommate group. This is not required to participate in apartment selection, but is required if you want to live with specific roommates.

  • April 26-May 10 - Apartment Selection (accessible if you applied for housing between April 5-19)

    • All applicants will be entered into a lottery to determine their selection day and time. Students that created a roommate group will be able to assign themselves and their roommates to an apartment when their day/time to select arrives. 

For all NEW USD students (students admitted for the Fall 2021 semester), the housing application will be available in mid-May. 

2021 Spring Semester Housing Information

Housing through USD will be open in a limited capacity for the spring semester. Occupancy is being adjusted from the fall semester for the spring. Students in on-campus housing will remain in single bedrooms, but can now share a bathroom with one other student. Housing in Pacific Ridge (through the USD contract) will be expanded to two students per bedroom.

The spring semester housing application is now available on the housing portal. Spring housing through USD (either on-campus, in Pacific Ridge, or in Loma Palisades) is VERY limited. If you are still interested in spring semester housing, please contact our office for more information.


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