Spring Break Housing

Spring Break has been extended a week to Monday, April 6. President Armstrong has also announced that Cal Poly will shift to virtual instruction for the first two weeks of the spring term.

University Housing and Campus Dining intend to remain open during the break and for spring term. At this time, residents enrolled for Spring Quarter do NOT need to remove their items from campus housing. With the safety of our community in mind, the University asks that students limit non-essential domestic travel.

ALL RESIDENTS: Please tell us your plans for the break and for the first two weeks of Spring term by filling out this online form.

If you're heading out, don't forget to pack enough items for the extended break! If you plan to travel internationally, please notify the campus by completing this online form.


Not returning to Cal Poly for Spring Quarter? Please request to cancel your housing through your Housing Portal

Safety and Maintenance Checks

University Housing conducts Safety and Maintenance checks prior to Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, and Spring Break to ensure safety and security during periods of low occupancy. During checks, staff members will report any electrical/fire safety or policy concerns.

Spring Break Safety and Maintenance Checks will occur between Noon and 10 p.m. on Friday, March 20, 2020. Students do NOT need to be present when their rooms are checked.

As you prepare for Breaks (Thanksgiving, Winter, Spring), please be sure and do the following:

  • Close and lock ALL windows and doors.
  • Close drapes and blinds.
  • Turn off heaters.
  • Turn off and unplug alarm clocks, stereos, and computers.
  • Remove perishable food items, including emptying trash/recycling. 

What to Expect During a Room Check

Room checks are intended to cause the least amount of inconvenience to students, while proactively addressing safety concerns.

Staff will announce their presence by knocking loudly prior to entering a room.

Staff will be looking for the following during room checks: 

  • Doors: Room numbers are intact and clearly visible
  • Electrical Outlets: Not overloaded with excessive cords. Surge protectors are permitted but must be plugged directly into the wall and not into one another.
  • Screens: Present, secure, and in good repair (no holes)
  • Windows: Closed and locked (locking pin in place if present)
  • Food/Trash: No open food and all trash removed from room
  • Heaters: Turned off and no visible leaking
  • Closet doors: Properly hung
  • Walls: No damage or holes
  • Mold: Wet window sills or walls, leaks, any visible mold growth
  • Fire Safety Concerns: Candles, tampered smoke detectors, items hanging from the ceiling, unapproved lighting, mopeds in room, flammable items, etc.
  • Other safety/policy concerns: lofted beds, lounge furniture in student rooms, etc.
  • General overall condition of the room is good
  • Curtains/blinds: Closed so that you cannot see in from outside
  • Lights: All lights turned off
  • Bikes: University Housing suggests storing your bike in your room, not outside
  • Cerro Vista and Poly Canyon Village: (In addition to the checks above)
    • Kitchens & Bathroom: Verify that all water is turned off (no dripping faucets or running toilets)
    • Kitchen: Verify that ovens and stovetops are turned off

Staff will not open closets, refrigerators, or other private property areas

If any changes are needed, staff will leave a "fix-it-ticket" that describes the needed change. Once residents return, staff will check in to ensure that these items have been addressed.

If any violations of University Housing Community Standards are found, they will be documented for appropriate follow-up.

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