Campus Housing

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San Diego, CA
Undergrads
5,269
Tuition
$39,970
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: I live off campus and therefore a review of on-campus housing would not be appropriate.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Most rooms have ocean view but are outdated and small. Community life is great if willing to get involved.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Depends on where you live. being in a tripple or quad isn't fun other than that you should be fine

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in Missions A and it's hands down the best. Suite style living composed of a common room with 2 rooms and a bathroom on each side of the common room. Missions Cafe and the gym are really close along with Missions Crossroads which supplies toilet paper, trash bags, and vacuums. The worst options would probably be Founders/Camino because of the communal bathroom situation but I know people that live there and love the community there too. "Camin-bros" is what the guys of Camino call their community. It's really chill, all the dorms are pretty amazing. Maher is 2nd best next to Missions A, then Missions B is really cool too.

2 College Junior

Campus Housing: I pay up to hundreds of dollars less a month living off campus. Not only do you get the incredible location of the beach but you also don't have to deal with the headaches of resident housing.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 18th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 45th
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 610th
    Shortest Walk to Class
  • 686th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Shannon Palka
Hometown
Thousand Oaks, CA
Major
English and Theology
Grad Year
2015
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For college dorms, housing on campus at USD is pretty nice. Freshmen are required to live on campus, unless they are commuter students living at home with their families. There are basically four housing options for freshmen. The first is either Camino or Founders, the only single-sex dorms on campus. Camino is all male and Founders all female, and they are both hall-style with communal bathrooms. There is a bridge connecting the two halls and a shared courtyard, so freshmen in these halls are in no way isolated from the opposite sex. They are surrounded by classrooms, so residents here can wake up only a few minutes before class and saunter in. Maher is right in the middle of Main Campus, so freshmen can also get to class easily from this hall. Maher, though, is suite style, so students have a private bathroom. This means though, that they have to clean it themselves. Missions A and Missions B are located in the valley, separating them from the rest of campus by a trek up an intimidating 80-step staircase. Missions A consists of 12 three-floor suite-style buildings, while Missions B is four three-floor hall-style buildings, each with up to 90 residents. Living in the valley fosters a strong sense of community because you’re separated from most of campus.

Upperclassmen don’t live near Main Campus. The closest halls to campus are in the valley: San Buen and the SAPs. The Vistas, Manchester, and UTAs are all separated from campus by a bit of a hike. In the end, there is no bad place to live on this campus, but everyone does have opinions about what’s the best. It ultimately just depends on your personality and what you’re looking for.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
2,651
Types of Housing Offered
  • Apartments for married students
  • Apartments for single students
  • Coed dorms
  • Men's dorms
  • Special housing for disabled students
  • Theme housing
  • Wellness housing
  • Women's dorms
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
46%
Freshmen Living On Campus
96%
Number of Dormitories
5
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
5
Best Freshman Dorms
  • Maher Hall
  • Missions A
  • Missions B
Best Upperclassman Dorms
  • Alcalá Vista Apartments
  • San Buenaventura
Worst Freshman Dorms
  • Camino Hall
  • Founders Hall
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
San Antonio de Padua Apartments
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Cable TV
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Ethernet access
  • Stove and/or microwave (in apartments)
  • Utilities (in most apartments)
Also Available
  • Most of the on-campus apartments allow residents to stay during University breaks for no extra charge.
  • Residential Learning Communities (RLCs) and Living-Learning Communities (LLC) encourage personal enrichment and the achievement of shared educational goals by allowing students with similar interests to live together. Some RLCs offered are Living in Faith Together, Peace and Goodness, and Preparing for Life after College. The LLC program began in 2011 with three LLCs (Sustainability, Social Justice, and Honors), and each RLC and LLC has an adviser and special programming.
Available for Rent
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DormitoriesWhat's This?

Camino Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, men only
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples, quads
Special Features: Hall is connected to Founders by a bridge and has laundry facilities, lounge with computers and TV, and vending machines. Camino/Founders is a no-alcohol living area, regardless of age or class.
Founders Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples, quads
Special Features: Hall is connected to Camino by a bridge and has laundry facilities, lounge with computers and TV, and vending machines. Camino/Founders is a no-alcohol living area, regardless of age or class.
Maher Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples, quads
Special Features: Balconies, classrooms on the lower floors, convenient location, laundry facilities, spectacular views, study lounge on fifth floor, and TV lounge. Maher is a no-alcohol living area, regardless of age or class.
Missions A
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Suites (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Building has copy machine, large-screen TVs, laundry facilities, study and lounge areas, vending machines, and is close to Missions Café and Fitness Center. The rooms are carpeted and have a 4.5-cubic-foot refrigerator. Missions A is a no-alcohol living area, regardless of age or class.
Missions B
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Building has copy machine, grassy quad area, large-screen TVs, laundry room, study and lounge areas, vending machines, and is close to Missions Café and Fitness Center. All rooms are carpeted and third-floor rooms have window seats. Missions B is a no-alcohol living area, regardless of age or class.

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Alcalá Vista Apartments
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 100-249
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Two-bedroom apartments (doubles)
Special Features: Complex has laundry facilities; lounge with air hockey, pool tables, and wide-screen TV; reception desk; study rooms; three courtyards.
Called "the Vistas"
Manchester Village
Floors: 4
Number of Units: 100-249
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Two- and four-bedroom apartments (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Each unit has dining area, full-sized kitchen, and living area. Complex has computer lab, laundry facilities, study rooms, and two levels of underground parking.
San Antonio de Padua Apartments
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 25-49
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Studios (doubles), one-bedroom apartments (triples)
Special Features: Some rooms have views of the canyon and Mission Bay. Building has laundry facilities, outdoor swimming pool, study lounge, rec room.
Called "the SAPs"
San Buenaventura
Floors: 4
Number of Units: 50-99
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Apartments (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Each unit has ceiling fans, full kitchen with refrigerator, stove, and microwave, and living room. Building has elevators; entertainment room with air hockey, plasma TV, and pool table; meeting rooms; putting green; study room on each floor; and is home to the learning community for seniors called "Preparing for Life after College."
Called "San Buen"
University Terrace Apartments
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 25-49
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Two-bedroom apartments (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Each unit is fully furnished with full kitchen and most units have a sun deck. Complex has laundry facilities, "mature" atmosphere (everyone must be 21), and rec room.
Called the "UTAs"

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