First-Year Housing

First-Year Housing

First-Year housing is the home of our Living Learning Community program. These areas offer easy access to classes and your professors, as well as close proximity to your classmates for study group sessions, and convenient access to on-campus events such as lectures, concerts, athletic events and the wide range of recreational activities on campus.

Living on campus makes it easy to familiarize yourself with our vibrant campus community, and when you choose to become part of our dynamic Living Learning Communities, you’ll have an opportunity to instantly connect with the Torero lifestyle. For more information on the LLC program, visit the Learning Communities website.

In order to help you make a seamless transition to college life and community living, each first-year residence has live-in professional Community Directors, Resident Ministers and undergraduate Resident Assistants who are committed to helping you maximize your on-campus living experience.

Residency Requirement: For the 2020-21 academic year, the residency requirement has been waived to allow students and families to make the best decisions for them regarding housing during the COVID-19 pandemic. All unmarried students with credits defining them as either a first-year or second-year student who are under 20 years of age at the initial start date of their first agreement period of occupancy at the University and who do not commute from the permanent (i.e. primary and not a secondary) San Diego County home of their parent(s) or court appointed legal guardian are required to live in University housing. A Resident who becomes 20 years of age following the Resident’s initial matriculation at the University will still be subject to and required to fulfill the two-year residency requirement.

First-Year Students

For the 2020-21 academic year, the residency requirement has been waived to allow students and families to make the best decisions for them regarding housing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

First-Year Students
  4 Semesters 3 Semesters 20 or Older*
Fall Enrollment X   E
Spring Enrollment   X E
Fall Leave of Absence   X E
  • X means required and E means exception
  • *20 years or older on the day of first year agreement period of occupancy (Incoming Fall Students: August 15, 2020)
  • The above chart applies to all new first year students and transfer students with less than 30 units (completed and transferable to USD)

Transfer Students

For the 2020-21 academic year, the residency requirement has been waived to allow students and families to make the best decisions for them regarding housing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you will start at USD in the fall, you will be required to live on campus for two semesters unless you satisfy at least one of the following:

  • 20 years of age or older by August 15, 2020
  • at least 60 units of coursework completed prior to USD
  • at least four full-time semesters of consecutive coursework completed prior to USD

If you will start at USD in the spring, you will be required to live on campus for one semester unless you satisfy at least one of the following:

  • 20 years of age or older by January 24, 2021
  • at least 60 units of coursework completed prior to USD
  • at least four full-time semesters of consecutive coursework completed prior to USD

All contracts are for the full academic year, which consists of both fall and spring semesters, or if entered into after the beginning of the academic year, for the remainder of that academic year. These policies apply to any freshman and transfer students who enter USD. 

Residential Areas

Each residential area has a Living Learning Community theme associated with it.

 

The LLC and Residence Hall listings below have been adjusted to reflect the decision to reduce campus housing density so all students will have a single (private) bedroom. We understand that these changes have located the LLCs in different housing areas than you may have reviewed previously, and we appreciate your flexiblity as we make these necessary adjustments.

 

Camino/ Founders

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 Camino/Founders complex features two connected buildings, separated by gender, on the west end of campus that were originally built for the San Diego College of Women in the early 1950s. Student residences exist on the second floor, while classrooms occupy the second floor, of these two-story buildings. Camino Hall is our All-Male accommodation, whereas Founders is All-Female. Their unique design provides most rooms with a view of the beautifully landscaped courtyards. Residents share communal bathrooms with individual "Johnny-Squares" assigned to each room. The rooms accommodate two, three or four residents.

Maher

Located at the center of campus and adjacent to the beautiful Plaza de San Diego, Maher Hall provides student housing on the top three stories of the building. Coed by wing, all Maher rooms have private baths and accommodate single room housing for residents. Maher hall is home to the Collaboarate LLC.

Manchester Village

Traditionally available for upper division students, Manchester will offer single room housing for a mix of students, including upper division and first years in Illuminate

Manchester offers single room housing in one (limited), two or four bedroom apartments. Manchester includes study rooms, a laundry room, a mailroom specific to Manchester residents, and two levels of underground parking.

Valley A

Coed by floor, the Valley A (formerly Missions A) housing offers suite-style living, in which each floor consists of a semi-private shower and bathroom, with furnished lounges. Each suite has 4-6 residents living in single bedrooms. Each suite has its own common room and two bathrooms to be shared by the residents of the suite. For the 2020-21 academic year, Valley A is home to the Collaborate and Cultivate LLCs.

Valley B

The Valley B (formerly Missions B) housing consists of four three-story buildings (San Luis, San Juan, San Miguel and San Rafael) that offer single bedrooms. Each floor provides residents with two communal bathroom areas and two lounges. For the 2020-21 academic year, Valley B is home to the Advocate LLC.

Valley Apartments: San Antonio de Padua

Traditionally available for upper division students, SAP will offer single apartment housing for a mix of students, including upper division and first year students in AdvocateCollaborate and Cultivate

The San Antonio de Padua (SAP) apartments consist of single unit studios and one-bedroom apartments (one resident per apartment). A laundry room and a study/piano lounge are located on the ground level of this three-story building. 

Valley Apartments: San Buenaventura

Traditionally available for second year students, San Buen will offer single bedroom housing for first year students in Advocate and Cultivate

San Buen consists of single bedroom housing in one (limited), two and four bedroom apartments. Each floor of the building offers study rooms, and there is a laundry room specific to this community on the 1st floor.