Residential Life

The purpose of the Department of Residential Life is to enhance and support the mission of the university and facilitate student learning. Resident students can expect to find supportive faculty, students, and staff, in addition to a variety of resources and programs, all focused on the university’s core values. Residence halls are not only a place to sleep and study, but they also provide an environment in which students are able to experience personal growth and development with a strong sense of community.

Resident living accommodations house approximately 2,600 undergraduate students. First-year students live in themed living learning communities, while second-year students live in apartment-style housing communities. Juniors and seniors are also able to choose to live in on-campus apartments, as space allows. Rooms are available in traditional dormitory style, suite-style living areas and apartment units. Residence hall and University Ministry staff are present in each living area to serve as a resource for students.

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.

Residence halls will be open for occupancy a few days prior to the first day of classes each semester. Exact dates are stated in the terms and conditions of the Housing and Dining Services Agreement. Each room must be vacated 24 hours after the student’s last final examination, or by noon on the day following the last day of final examinations, whichever comes first. The residence halls are closed during Christmas, intersession and spring break. The academic year housing contract does not include housing during these vacation periods, except for residents of Manchester Village, San Antonio de Padua, Presidio and University Terrace Apartments, although students may leave personal belongings in their rooms. Students have the option of contracting for housing during Intersession or spring break at published rates. Summer housing is also available in Manchester Village, San Antonio de Padua, Presidio and University Terrace Apartments, which requires an additional cost and application. Specific terms and conditions regarding student housing are included in the Housing and Dining Services Agreement that is provided to all resident students.

For more information, please visit Residential Life.