Alcalá Vista Apartments

Vistas Residence Hall

The 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.

Palomar is home to the gathering space located near the Palomar courtyard. This space is perfect for grabbing a snack or filling up your coffee mug for free. Please check the door for posted hours and make sure to stop by for Cookies and Convo, where you can catch up with friends and enjoy a freshly baked cookie.

Additionally, there is a patio space that is perfect for lounging or studying with friends. The outdoor space has tables and chairs to spread out books and computers if needed and features outlets for powering up your devices. There are great shaded areas on sunny days and also a BBQ if you want to do a cookout with friends. See the front desk for the key and utensils.

Finally, the Vistas Multi Purpose Room was renovated and has moveable furniture perfect for individual and group study. For great programming options there are flat screen televisions with HD Directv and DVR. If you have a class during your favorite program – stop by and set up the DVR to capture your show and you can watch it later with friends.

The Alcalá Vista Apartments is home of the Second-Year Torero Experiential Program (STEP). This is designed to offer programs and services that are geared to the unique needs of sophomore students, both returning and transfer. Programs include the STEP 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 Neighborhood is a second-year area that is located in Laguna Hall in the Vistas. 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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Move-in Pass

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Vistas Desk 

The Vistas Desk is located in Palomar and is the center of activity for the Alcalá Vista Apartments. The front desk staff encodes room key cards, gives information, provides vacuums and other sundries for residents. You can access the computer lab and print assignments from the Palomar Lounge. You can reach the Vistas Front Desk at (619) 767-3700.


During the academic year, ResLife is continuing to build on the successes of STEP for second-year Toreros to provide the tools and information necessary to be successful both inside and out of the classroom at USD. We will be offering a mix of both social and academic/vocational programs throughout the school year that will give students unique access to resources, information.

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 that RAs will be on duty every night at the desk until 12:00 a.m. on weekdays, and 2:00 a.m. on weekends.

Vistas Multi Purpose Room 

The Multi Purpose Room is located next to the Vistas Desk. It is a great room for studying or hanging out. Plenty of seats and couches are available, including outlet chairs, as well as work tables for projects, studying, or just hanging out with your friends. The lounge is also a popular location for RA programs that are open to all of our resident students. Two large screen televisions are available with DirecTV offering HD quality programming and DVR capabilities. Students are encouraged to record their favorite programs.

RA Office

The Resident Assistant Office is where Resident Assistants can work on programs and decorations or have private conversations with residents. The RA Office is located next to the Vistas Desk.

Laundry Facilities

The Laundry Facilities are in Palomar and Borrego.

Please see our Residential Life Services website for more information on laundry services.

Community Director: Melissa Sheil

Melissa Sheil (she/her/hers) is the Community Director for the Alcalá Vista Apartments. Melissa is from a small town in western Massachusetts and has lived on the East Coast for a majority of her life. Melissa received a M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Boston College and a B.A. in Psychology from Providence College. Her passion for residential life began in undergrad while serving as an RA in a summer bridge program and continued throughout her time in graduate school as an Assistant Area Coordinator. She is excited to continue her passion for fostering inclusive communities at USD. In her spare time, Melissa loves to travel, spend time with family and friends, go to the beach, and read. Some of her favorite San Diego spots are Coronado Beach, Sunset Cliffs, and all of the incredible taco and coffee shops around the city! 

Melissa supports second year students living in the Alcalá Vista Apartments and oversees the RA Staff and programmatic efforts. She can be reached by email at or by phone at (619) 260-3800.


STEP Coordinator: Ryan Dillon



Resident Minister: Jessica McCarthy



Resident Minister: Father Robert Capone

Fr. Robert Capone is a graduate of USD who strives to be a dynamic minister of transformation in the lives of our students and a builder of community on our campus, starting at home in the Vistas. Fr. Robert was ordained a priest for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange in the jubilee year 2000.  He was a surfer for many years but now enjoys ocean swimming, fly fishing mountain streams or casting to pacific palagics.  He considers himself a fisher of men and women (Matthew 4:19) who accompanies those who wish to know more about the person of Jesus and the Catholic faith as a University Chaplain.  

Fr. Robert Capone is a Resident Minister in the Vistas (Cuyamaca 231). You can contact Fr. Robert by email at, if you are interested in scheduling a time to get together.

Resident Minister: Marc Adams

Marc Adams is a returning Resident Minister excited to join the community of the Vista Apartments (Palomar 321).  After graduating in 2005 and traversing a long and winding life path, he returned to USD, his alma mater, in August 2016, taking up a position as both Resident Minister and Search Retreat Coordinator.  Prior to these positions he served as a youth minister in the Jesuit Volunteer Corp, pursued his passion for journalism at CBS, BBC, and NPR (all on the East Coast) and spent three years living and working for a variety of faith based nonprofits with his wife and life partner, Lexie, in Cochabamba Bolivia.  This year, in addition to the support he hopes to offer residents of the Vistas, he will be serving the larger campus community as an Associate University Minister, coordinating the Search retreat again as well as leading various immersion programs.

Struggling to live life with more faith, compassion, and love, he has become a deep believer in nonviolence, in the inherent God given goodness of every human being, and the interconnectedness and interdependence of all of creation.  In his free time he loves to relax at the beach with Lexie, get to know new people and bike through San Diego.  And just as a head's up, if you happen to hear loud laughter from down the hall or through the courtyard, he is probably somewhere nearby.

Marc can be reached at his apartment, Palomar 321, his office, Maher 260, his office line, (619)260-4897, or his email,