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.

2018-19 Returning Student Housing Sign-Ups

Interested in housing next year? The housing sign-up process begins Thursday, February 1 at 12noon. The 2018-19 application will be available through the housing portal.

Please note that housing is limited and not guaranteed beyond the two-year residency requirement.

Please note that the housing sign-up process for new incoming first year and transfer students will not begin until mid-May.

Important Dates to Know:

  • February 1, 2018: The housing application will go live at 12noon.
  • February 6, 2018: A Housing Sign-Up table will be at the Alcala Bazaar from 11:30AM-2:30PM. Res Life staff will be available for any questions.
  • February 15, 2018: Priority Deadline for Neighborhood Option.
  • February 28, 2018: Deadline for the Housing Application, Neighborhood Option and Squatter's Rights. Must be submitted by 4PM.
  • Late March-Early April: Roommate and Room selection will take place. 

More Information about the Housing Sign-Up Process:

  • Housing Application: Students do not need to know their roommates nor do they select their room during this process. The application requires students to update their emergency contact information, profile questions, and to agree to the terms and conditions. Students will select roommate(s) and rooms in April. 
  • Neighborhood Option: This form will now be part of the housing application! The Neighborhood Option allows second year students to live in groups of 8, 12 or 16 in either the Alcala Vistas or San Buenaventura. There are a limited number of neighborhoods so it is encouraged to complete this process by the priority deadline.
  • Squatter's Rights: This form will now be part of the housing application! Squatter's Rights allows junior and senior students to select to live in the same apartment the following year in Manchester Village, San Antonio de Padua, or University Terrace Apartments. Second year students may be pulled in as roommates by a junior or senior pursuing squatter's rights. Please note that squatter's rights is not guaranteed.

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.

2018 Spring Opening

Welcome to all our of new USD students, and welcome back to our returners! 

  • Spring Move In Dates
    • New Transfer or Freshmen students - Wednesday, January 24 at Mission Crossroads
    • Returning USD students - Sunday, January 28 at Mission Crossroads

New students - looking for orientation schedules? Check out the Orientation website. 

2018 Spring Break Housing Sign Up

Non continuous residence halls will be closed Saturday, March 24 at noon and will reopen Monday, April 2 at 10AM. Non continuous residence halls include all first year areas, the Alcala Vistas and San Buenaventura. If you live in one of these areas and are interested in staying on campus during spring break please complete the Spring Break E-form which is now part of the portal (this will be available by March 1) by Monday, March 19 at 5PM to avoid a late application fee of $65.

Spring Break Rates:

  • Entire Spring Break (March 24 through April 2) - $100

  • Individual Nights - $35 (multiple); $43 (single) per night but not to exceed - $100

If you will be on campus for Spring Break please join Residential Life for Easter Brunch (details will be finalized in March).

Continuous residence halls will remain open for residents at no additional cost. Continuous residence halls include Manchester Village, San Antonio de Padua (non first-year students only), University Terrace Apartments and Presidio Terrace Apartments. If you live in one of these areas and are interested in staying on campus during spring break please notify your Resident Assistant.

Feel free to contact Residential Life for more information at or 619-260-4777. 

2018 Spring Move Out Dates

Law Students move out date is no later than noon on Sunday, May 13, 2018.

For all graduate residents, move out date will be 24 hours after your last final or noon on Thursday, May 24, 2018, whichever comes first.

For all undergraduate residents, move out date will be twenty-four hours after the Resident’s last examination or noon on Thursday, May 24, 2018, whichever comes earlier.

For all students who will be graduating on the weekend of May 26-27, move out date will be no later than noon on Monday, May 28, 2018.

Please review the closing memo (will be posted by April) for check-out instructions.

2018 Spring Housing

The housing application for both new and returning students is no longer available for the 2018 spring semester.

If you are still in need of spring housing please contact Residential Life at 619-260-4777 or at with your request as soon as possible because housing is limited.

Incoming First Year Students: Living Learning Communities

The University of San Diego has a two-year residency requirement. Please visit the First-Year housing webpage for more information. 

Residence Hall LLC Room Types
Camino/Founders Cultivate and Illuminate Double (limited), triple and quadruple rooms.
Maher Collaborate Single (limited), double (limited), triple and quadruple rooms.
Missions A Advocate Single and double rooms.
Missions B Innovate Single and double rooms.

Incoming Transfer and Returning Students

Transfer/upperclassman housing is VERY limited and not guaranteed for students that are not a part of the two-year residency requirement.

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. 

If you would like to be connected to off-campus housing resources, please contact Residential Life at

Incoming and Returning Graduate/Law Students

Housing for graduate and law students is VERY limited. Additional resources can be found at the off-campus housing website. Please email to be added to the interest list and our office will contact students based on availability.

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