First Year Housing: Camino Hall and Founders Hall

Camino and Founders Halls

Camino and Founders Hall LLCs: Cultivate and Illuminate

*Please note - in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021, Camino and Founders Halls will be offline for renovation work as a part of USD's Renaissance plan. The Cultivate LLC will be temporarily relocated to the Valley housing areas for the 2020-21 academic year, and the Illuminate LLC will be relocated to Manchester Village.


Camino and Founders Hall have doubles (limited), triples and quadraple rooms. Both halls have several shared bathrooms within each building, with multiple shower stalls, toilets and sinks in each bathroom. All residents on the floor share these bathrooms, regardless of the room occupancy type. 

Camino Hall and Founders Hall offers easy access to classes, Founders chapel, and several on campus food options, as well as beautiful views of interior courtyards and the Colachis Plaza. Camino Hall is for male residents, Founders Hall is for female residents, and the two buildings are connected by a bridge.  Unique to Camino/Founders are beautiful wooden floors and "Johnny Squares", an assigned sink area shared by roommates. Residents are assigned to double, triple and quadruple rooms on the second floors of both buildings. A Community Director, ten Resident Assistants, and a Resident Minister reside in the halls, along with almost 300 first year residents.

Camino/ Founders are original buildings to USD, and were once the home of the San Diego College of Women. Each resident is provided with an extra-long (80") twin bed, chest of drawers, desk and desk chairs. Showers, restrooms and "Johnny Squares" (are located on each hall. Laundry rooms and vending machines are also provided.

Check out some 360 degree photos of Camino/Founders!

Camino-Founders Resident Assistant Office

The Resident Assistant Office, located in Founders 275, is where you can find Resident Assistants performing their on-duty hours. Feel free to stop by and talk with any RA to discuss any concerns, questions or ideas you may have for Camino and Founders Hall. The Camino/Founders RA duty hours are daily from 7:00PM - 12:00AM Sunday-Thursday, and 8:00PM – 2:00AM on Friday and Saturday.  You can reach the Camino-Founders RA Office Desk at 619-574-5715.  Toilet paper, trash bags and vacuums are all provided by RAs during the on call hours.

Please visit the Mission Crossroads desk during the day- hours are Monday through Thursday 9:00AM to 7:00PM and Friday through Sunday 10:00AM to 8:00PM.

Camino-Founders Laundry Facilities

The Laundry Facilities include 15 washing machines and 16 dryers. 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. Students can purchase a laundry card using cash in Founders, and debit card or credit card in Camino. Students can purchase a laundry card and/or reload money on your laundry card at the Add Value station, located outside both laundry room locations.