Alcalá Vista Apartments

Alcala Vista ApartmentsThe Alcalá Vista Apartments include 192 apartments, and are located adjacent to the Sports Center Complex (gym, locker rooms, weight room, pool, and tennis courts). The majority of these units have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, and a living room. Each of these two-bedroom units accommodates four residents. The three-story units are clustered around three courtyards and feature the Spanish Renaissance architecture that is used throughout the main campus. A reception desk, laundry facilities, study rooms, wide-screen TV, lounge, and staff offices are located on the first floor of Palomar Hall.

The Alcalá Vista Apartments are the home of the Second-Year Experience (SYE) program. This RLC is designed to offer programs and services that are geared to the unique needs of sophomore students, both returning and transfer. Programs include the SYE Welcome Back BBQ, Drop-In Academic Advising, attending athletic events, community service projects, and housing participants of the SYE Abroad program.

The Living in Faith Together (LIFT) UM RLC is a Sophomore RLC that is located in the Borrego Hall, Alcala Vista Apartments. The theme of LIFT is taking leadership in your residential and faith community. Members of LIFT will be provided multiple opportunities to take leadership especially in the faith community on campus.

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Palomar Desk

The Palomar Desk is the center of activity for the Alcalá Vista apartments. The front desk staff encodes room key cards, takes messages, gives information, provides vacuums and other sundries for residents.. You can also check out pool table equipment, movies and games for the Palomar Lounge. If you need to mail any items, outgoing mail is picked up twice a day Monday through Friday. You can reach the Palomar Front Desk at extension 3700.

Hours of Operation

Day Opening Closing
*Monday 9:00 a.m. 12:00 a.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. 12:00 a.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. 12:00 a.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. 12:00 a.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. 2:00 a.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. 2:00 a.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. 12:00 a.m.

* Please note the desk is closed from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. on Monday.

Palomar Lounge

The lounge is located next to the Palomar desk. It is a great room for studying or hanging out. The Lounge facilities include a billiards table, an air hockey table, computers and a large screen television. Plenty of seats and couches are available, as well as work tables for projects, studying, or just hanging out with your friends. The lounge is also a popular location for resident assistant programs that are open to all of our resident students.

RA Office

The Resident Assistant Office is where you can find Resident Assistants working on programming efforts and performing their on-duty hours. Contact the RA Office by dialing extension 3762. The office is located in the Palomar lounge.

Community Director Office

Matt Kuder is the Community Director and Second Year Experience Coordinator in the Alcala Vista Apartments. He is in his 8th year working in Residential Life and he gradu- ated from USD with a Master’s in Counseling focusing on college student development. He likes to see himself as an advocate for students who can help them navigate the sometimes tricky college experience. He is originally from Winter Haven, Florida which is a small town located between Tampa and Orlando. He graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX with his bachelor’s in International Studies and a minor in Asian Studies. He is enjoying all the wonderful opportunities that San Diego has to offer and likes to go to the beach, hike, watch movies, or sit in the park with a good book. Matt is also a huge fan of all of the amazing restaurants out here and likes trying the different cuisine this eclectic city has to offer. During the day you can find him in his office in Palomar or walking around campus on his way to various meetings.

Matt's office is located in Palomar 101. His office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, or by appointment. Like many other staff across campus, Matt has other commitments during the day and may not be in his office. Please email him at or call him at extension 3800 to set up an appointment.

Laundry Facilities

The Laundry Facilities are in Palomar. The cost for a load of laundry in the washer is $1.25 and dryers are $.50. You need to purchase a laundry card for $2.00 and you can replenish your money on the card in $5, $10, and $20. Increments. The laundry card machine does not take $1.00 bills.