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.