English Language academy prospective students


Located on the beautiful campus of the , renowned for its beauty and Spanish Renaissance-inspired architecture, the English Language Academy (ELA) offers classes taught by experienced, enthusiastic instructors.

The ELA staff is committed to preparing students to succeed in the social and academic communities of the university, as well as their lives outside the university. The friendly and dedicated staff is here to help students with academic planning, housing, visa processing, social activities, and campus functions. Programs range from:

Academic English Language Preparation Programs:

Youth Programs:

Customized Training:

Application Process:

An  is available for download for the Intensive English Language Program (IELP).  We strongly encourage applicants to apply in advance of the program start date in order to secure the F-1 student visa and housing.

Housing Options:

USD Student Housing 

University on-campus housing cannot guarantee dorm rooms for ELA students. Students requesting dorm rooms will be placed on an Interest List (waiting list) but the dorms may be full. Please contact Residential Life via email at [email protected] if you wish to be placed on the Interest List.

Off-Campus Housing

Off-campus housing may take 4-6 weeks to find. Give yourself enough time to find an apartment. If you are coming to San Diego without making prior housing arrangements, you will need to book a hotel room, or find a temporary place to stay before your arrival. The neighborhoods nearest USD are Pacific Beach, Mission Valley, Mission Beach, and Linda Vista.

Several off-campus housing resources are described below. The resources listed are meant for informational purposes only. 

Off-Campus Apartment Rentals Around USD:

Linda Vista / Old Town

Pacific Ridge Apartments

5945 Linda Vista Road
San Diego, CA

(833) 568-7535

Mission Valley

Portofino Apartment Homes
2500 Northside Drive
San Diego, CA 92108    

(855) 807-6661

Arrive Mission Valley
5395 Napa St
San Diego, CA 92110

 (877) 606-9070

5777 Mission Center Road
San Diego, CA 92108

(619) 550-4353


DRA Housing
Daniel Acosta, Homestay Manager
1940 Garnet Ave. Suite 370   
San Diego, CA 92109
Telephone: (520) 405-1516
Email:  [email protected]

Short-Term Housing:
  • USD Residential Halls: Temporary housing on campus may be available to students in June and early August. This affordable option may be ideal for students needing a short-term living arrangement while searching for accommodations. To learn more, visit Residential Life
  • AIRBNB: A website for temporary housing offered by locals: https://

Nearby Hotels:

Off-Campus Housing Websites:
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