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About Housing, Dining and Hospitality

UC San Diego Housing, Dining and Hospitality provides housing and dining services for approximately 19,000 undergraduate and graduate students and their families in more than 400 buildings, covering nearly 10 million square feet. Consisting of eight divisions, HDH has more than 1,000 career employees, 1,200 to 1,300 student employees, and an annual operating budget greater than $250 million.

HDH is in the midst of implementing an aggressive building plan that will add 10,000 new beds over the next 10 years and nearly double square footage by 2032.

HDH is a self-supporting department that operates without any federal, state or campus funding. HDH receives nearly 90% of its funding from housing and dining services. It also secures revenue from conference and catering services. The goal is to break-even.

Our Mission

Provide a meaningful and inclusive living, learning and dining experience for students, campus and the broader communities.

  • Memorable and impactful experiences
  • Building positive communities
  • Fostering student success

Our Vision

Be the leader in student experience through our university housing, culinary services and programs.

  • The industry standard setter
  • Vibrant residential and dining programs and services
  • Service excellence and continuous innovation

Our Values


We are student-centered, advocating for all students to ensure their housing needs are met and interests are valued. We actively listen and make decisions together, leading to live, learn, play residential neighborhoods. We provide exemplary service and programs to enhance the student experience.


We value our people and empower them to think outside the box, identify opportunities to lead, and use their voice to make action-impacted decisions.

Equitable and Inclusive

We remain committed to equity and inclusivity, creating a sense of belonging and cultivating a welcoming campus community and safe working environment where each person is respected for their individuality. We treat each other and the campus community with fairness and respect. With intentionality, we partner to deliver inclusive arts, dining and residential programs to enhance the living, learning and working experiences in our campus community.

Safe and Accessible

We strive to create safe and accessible living, learning and working environments by removing barriers, embracing equity and inclusion, and being purposeful in designing our spaces.


Our collaborative spirit across the campus community brings together complementary skills and expertise to continuously enhance the student experience. We stay connected and engaged with campus partners, our students, our staff, faculty and broader communities to find unique solutions, and implement new services and programs. We listen and grow together, helping and supporting each other for the sake of our mission.

Cutting Edge

We are an industry leader, charting new territory, embracing agile innovation and forward-thinking to continuously enhance our programs, services and experiences.