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2015 Move in information

Fall room assignments, roommate information, and move-in directions will be available Wednesday, August 19, at 9 a.m. by reaccessing your housing application.

Printable Move-In Guide for Fall 2014 New Students (pdf) -
2015 MOVE-IN Guide coming soon!

View and print this guide to learn what to expect for moving in and getting settled - including helpful hints, parking information, answers to common questions, checklists, mailing information, and suggestions for what to see and do in San Luis Obispo. Bring this guide with you on move-in day to use as a handy resource.

  • Freshman Move-In is set for 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 12 and 13, 2015. The residence halls and apartments will be open from noon to 6 p.m. for move-in each day thereafter.
  • Housing Opening Day and Week of Welcome (WOW) Activities begin Sunday, September 13. University Housing staff work closely with Cal Poly Orientation Programs to help welcome new freshmen and transfers to Cal Poly. The WOW program begins the day new freshman and transfer students move in to the residence halls or apartments. Reservations to participate in WOW begin in May. For more information visit the WOW website.
  • Check Campus Dining hours for on-campus food venues that will be available during move-in week.
  • Students must show photo ID before receiving their room key. Keys will only be issued to the student assigned to the room.
  • Move-In Day Shuttle Bus:
    University Housing will be providing a shuttle service from the H-16 parking lot to the residence halls and apartments. Driving instructions for moving in are given to students with their room assignment. 

Moving in Green:

10 Tips for Being Green at Cal Poly (pdf)

Inter-Housing Council - University endorsed Linen Program:

Inter-Housing Council (IHC) partners with Residential Hall Linens to raise funds for the IHC. Proceeds from student purchases go to the IHC and are used for programming in the residence halls and apartments at Cal Poly. For more information go to the Residence Hall Linens website.

Viewing Housing Assignment Information 

On August 19 you can view your finalized housing assignment information and move-in details by reaccessing your housing application through the portal.

Your room assignment information will include:

  • Assigned building name, and room number.
  • Room phone number (one per room)
  • Roommate(s) name(s), home town(s), and email address(es) (unless roommate requested privacy)
  • Apartment check-in information - In the Cerro Vista Apartments, check in at the Cerro Vista Community Center.  In Poly Canyon Village, check in at your assigned building.
  • Parking directions for move-in day

Required Emergency Contact Information:

The following information is required of all students, who will be living in campus housing, and must be submitted before receiving their keys. This information can be submitted online through the portal and the personal info tab

  • Emergency contact name
  • Address of contact person
  • At least one emergency contact phone number

General Move-in Information

Helpful Hints
Bedroom Furnishings
Apartment Room Dimensions Charts (below)
          Cerro Vista (pdf)
          iCommunity at Poly Canyon Village Apartments (pdf)
Common Areas Furnishings  
Each Kitchen is equipped with
Additional Provided Items
Apartment Condition Inventory (ACI)
Loft Policy
Laundry Facilities
Computer Network Connectivity
Student Employment
What to Bring and What NOT to Bring (pdf)

Helpful hints
The Cal Poly campus includes steep hillsides. Bring a dolly or hand cart to help move boxes and other items from cars to the room. Wear sensible shoes. Please come prepared for stairs. The apartments are located on hillsides, and although there are elevators, you will still need to bring a dolly or hand cart to assist in moving your belongings from the car to the apartment. Pack light and don’t bring everything! Students are not allowed to bring personal furniture into campus housing (couches, chairs, futons, etc.). Note: All furniture that is originally in the room must remain in that room.

Each apartment is furnished with the following items for each resident:   One extra long twin bed and mattress, dresser, desk space and desk chair, wardrobe, waste basket, a phone jack, and mini blinds.

The common areas are furnished with:  2 lounge chairs, 1 settee, a coffee table, 2 end tables, 2 floor lamps, drapes in the living room, and one analog phone provided per apartment and installed in the common living area. Phone jacks are provided in each bedroom.

Each apartment is equipped with:  An electric range w/ceramic glass cook top, a microwave oven, a refrigerator, a garbage disposal, a recycle bin and waste basket, and a fire extinguisher. Please Note: Students living in on-campus apartments are not allowed to have personal refrigerators.

Additional provided items:  Shower curtains, toilet paper and waste basket in bathroom, light bulbs  and replacements, a weekly light housekeeping service is provided in the kitchen/dining area, living rooms and bathrooms. There is high speed internet access in each bedroom plus one port in the living room, along with a basic cable TV connection in each bedroom and in the common living area. There is a phone jack in each bedroom.

Apartment Condition Inventory (ACI):  All apartment students must inspect their room and apartment upon move in and move out. Prior to move in the apartment staff inspected all rooms and apartments and completed an Apartment Condition Inventory (ACI). The ACI documents the condition of the room. If you have found issues in your apartment check with your Community Advisor (CA) or front desk to ensure these issues have been documented on the ACI. Any issues that have not been documented on the ACI can be charged to residents upon move-out.
Upon move in, all rooms and apartments are considered to be in good working order with no major maintenance issues. If there are issues in your apartment that require maintenance please complete a Maintenance Connection service request by logging into your portal and look for the University Housing Service Requestor Channel on the Housing Tab to have these issues resolved.

Loft policy:  Due to safety concerns, use of risers, blocks, bricks etc. are NOT allowed in the apartments. Only furniture provided by Housing that is designed specifically for the purpose of lofting may be lofted.

Laundry facilities:  There are laundry rooms throughout the residence halls and apartment complexes. Washers and dryers are available for use by campus residents only. All laundry machines located in University Housing utilize personal debit/credit cards.

Phones: One phone is provided in each apartment living room; each bedroom has a jack. Each apartment is assigned a phone number. Roommates may decide among themselves to bring an answering machine. Local calls and basic monthly service charges are included in the housing fees. To make long distance calls from on-campus, students can use: their personal cell phone, a phone company calling card*, a "pre-paid" long distance card*,
*Students can bring to campus a "pre-paid" long distance calling card which can be purchased from a convenience, grocery, drug store, or big box store (e.g., Target, WalMart, Costco, Kmart, etc.). Phone companies will often provide customers with calling cards that can be billed to the student's permanent home phone number.

For answers to questions about the telephone system, long distance calls and services provided in the on-campus housing rooms, please contact Cal Poly's ITS (Information Technology Services) desk at 756-7000 (option 2) or go to ITS Service Desk and select "Telephone Support." ITS can also provide information about cellular service providers in the San Luis Obispo area that may offer discounts and other incentives to Cal Poly students.

Computer Network Connectivity: Wireless internet is provided by ResNet and is available in all rooms, apartments, study rooms and lounges. Residential connectivity has unique requirements for your computer. To ensure that your computer is prepared for Internet connectivity from your room and to get more detailed information, visit the ResNet website.

Student Employment: Many types of jobs are available in at University Housing and throughout campus. University Housing hires over 100 student workers annually and an application is available online. 

If you are planning on working on campus, please be prepared to locate your original* Social Security Card and present a valid picture ID. Per Federal Regulations for CSU employment, original Social Security cards must be presented upon employment (*Please note: copies/faxes cannot be accepted).

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