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 to 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 the majority of her life. Melissa received an 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.


Community Director: Cody Riggs

Cody Riggs is a Community Director in the Alcala Vistas Apartments, with the Residential Education department. Cody was born in Oregon but grew up in Sacramento, CA. Cody received a Bachelor's in History from Seattle Pacific University and a Master's in Higher Education from the University of Denver.

Cody enjoys hiking, playing basketball, and cooking. Cody was an athlete in college (rowing) and is a fan of the Portland Trailblazers, Seattle Sounders, and Seattle Seahawks. Cody is also interested in wildlife, backpacking, and outdoor adventures.

Cody can be reached at, or in their Alcala Vistas office in Palomar 130. 


Assistant Community Director: Edith Alejandra Velasco

Edith Alejandra Velasco is an Assistant Community Director with the Residential Education team, overseeing the Alcala Vista Apartments. Edith was born in sunny California. She holds a Bachelor's in Sociology and Communication Studies from the University of San Diego and is currently pursuing a Master's in Higher Education at USD. Edith lives in the Vistas and when she is not taking a late-night drive, she can be found at home painting or snacking on some yummy crab legs.

If you need to contact Edith for anything, you may call 619-260-3724 or email (preferred). The Assistant Community Director Office is located across from the Palomar front desk in the Alcala Vista Apartments.


Resident Minister: Father Robert Capone

Fr. Robert is a University Chaplain and Torero Alum whose primary role is to facilitate the process whereby students may inquire about Baptism and/or complete their sacraments of Christian Initiation (RCIA). He is available for spiritual guidance and intellectual conversations that further mutual understanding of our journey of faith. You can also connect with him through University Ministry Retreats or in the Alcala Vista residence halls. When Fr. Robert is not celebrating the liturgy or cheering on the Toreros, he can be found ocean swimming, sailing, mountain biking, or fishing.

Fr. Robert can be reached by phone, 619-260-7419 or by email,


Resident Minister: Alec Hartman

Alec is a Resident Minister and lives in the Alcala Vista Apartments (Vistas). Alec is a USD alum from the class of 2016 and received his Bachelors in Political Science and Theology and Religious Studies. Before returning to his hometown of San Diego and starting work at USD, Alec lived in Nashville where he did a year of service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and in Boston where he completed his Master of Divinity degree at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.

If you'd like to get in contact with Alec, please send him an email at


Resident Minister: Sr. Maria Dela Paz

Sr. Maria Dela Paz, OSF is excited to be joining the resident ministry team this year in the Vistas. Sr. Maria's past experience includes academic advising for the American Honors program at Pierce College in Tacoma, WA, and campus minister at Neumann University in Pennsylvania and Alfred University in New York. She also served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Chuuk, FSM teaching high school. In addition to her role as Resident Minister, she works as Program Coordinator at the Center for Student Success at USD. In her free time, Sr. Maria enjoys playing board games, going on hikes, and line dancing. She is a Sister of St. Francis of Philadelphia.

If you need to contact Sr. Maria please email


Resident Minister: Sr. Kathy Flood

Sr. Kathy Flood is a Resident Minister in the Alcala Vistas. Sr. Kathy is originally from New York and is a die-hard Yankee fan. She earned a BS in Computer Science and an MS in Pastoral Clinical Mental Health Counseling. When not listening to Yankee games, Sr. Kathy enjoys photography, reading, music, kayaking, dog greeting, most sports, and just being outdoors.

Sr. Kathy can be reached at