October 22, 2014: The construction that was severely limiting the number of families able to stay in Billeting Housing has ended and the base has its full complement of rooms available in its inventory. As a "Thank You" for your patience, MCRD San Diego is opening reservations to include extended family (aunts, uncles, cousins) for the last six graduations of 2014. These rooms are available for reservation on a first-come, first-served basis and when they are gone, they are gone.
Please note, this offer is ONLY available for the last six graduations of 2014 and is limited to extended family members only—friends, girlfriends, and fiancees are still not permitted. As of January 15, 2015, MCRD San Diego will revert to limiting reservations to immediate family.
Yes, as the family member of a graduating Recruit, you CAN stay in Billeting Housing at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) San Diego during graduation regardless of whether or not you are former military.
It's really easy and convenient to stay in the billeting facilities and it's truly a beautiful area. The prices are very affordable. To be "on the base" really adds to the ambiance of graduation. See photos below. There is a private vanity in each room in addition to an ironing board and a coffee pot with coffee and filters.
While some of the rooms are joining and share a bathroom, these rooms are given to one family to share. Families will never have to share a bathroom with another family, unless they choose to. In the event that only a male family member is attending and the facilities are short on space, the office will ask if he would be willing to occupy a private room but share the bath. Female family members will not be asked to share a bathroom.
Please note: Family-style rooms are kept available for families of Recruits 95% of the time. However, in the rare event that the billeting facilities need to be made available for service members on orders, space-available reservations will be canceled.
It is also important to note that once the family's Recruit graduates and leaves the Depot, the family may no longer stay aboard the Depot.
To make reservations:
Reservations can be made beginning 30 days prior to your arrival. They cannot be made earlier than that.
The last four digits of your Recruit's social security number are required when making reservations. Please have that information available before calling to make reservations.
Location of MCRD San Diego Billeting:
MCRDSD Billeting is located in Bldg 625, adjacent to Gate 4 and behind the Base Exchange.