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Freshman Move-in | Campus Apartments

Updated: Sept. 16, 2016

New Transfer & Graduate students: please proceed to our Transfer & Graduate Moving In page.

Freshmen who did not sign up for a move-in arrival time may move-in as follows:
Saturday, Sept. 17 | 6 p.m. - midnight
Sunday, Sept. 18 | 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Bins will be available at the front desks of each living community. After unloading, move your vehicle to long-term parking in Lot H-16. Shuttles are not available after hours, except on Sunday, Sept. 18 when they are running until 9 p.m. (The last pickup at the PAC Plaza and Lot R1 is at 8:30 p.m.)

What to Expect at Fall Move-in

University Housing is looking forward to welcoming you to your campus home, Mustangs, and is preparing for your big move with convenience in mind. If you or your family have prior experience with a Cal Poly move-in, it’s important to know that things will work a little differently this year. Here's what you can expect:

You will be directed to enter Cal Poly through a specific campus entry point based on your housing assignment.

*Residents of Cerro Vista Apartments, your campus entry point is Highland Drive. Use the Highland Drive Mustang Move-in Map.

It’s important to arrive at the Higland Dr. campus entry point so you won't be turned around. To allow for pedestrian access in the campus core, there won’t be open through routes to get you where you need to be if you enter through Grand Ave.

Once you’re on campus, signs will direct you to a twenty-minute drop-off zone where our Mustang Welcome Team will greet you with rolling carts to help unload your belongings in 20 minutes or less. Team members will escort you to your living community while your driver proceeds to long-term parking.

Shuttles will be provided between drop-off zones and long-term parking. If you arrive by yourself, your belongings will be kept at a holding area until you return from long-term parking            

A Mustang Move-in Pass, secured by reserving a move-in arrival time, is required for for freshman moving in Sept.16, 17 and 18. You can reserve your time on our Mustang Move-in Reservation page until Sunday, Sept. 4. Forget or can’t decide? We’ll reserve a time for you. 

Be sure to arrive at your designated move-in arrival time to ensure speedy service and as a courtesy to your fellow Mustangs. Bring the Mustang Move-In Map that corresponds to your Housing Assignment to guide you. And watch our helpful Mustang Move-in video (Coming Soon!) for more information. 

Campus housing is located on hills. Wear sensible shoes and come prepared to climb stairs. September days on the Central Coast are warm. Bring a hat, sunscreen and water. Please leave pets at home

Move-in Schedule

Description TIME  Date LOCATION
Out-of-state & International Freshman Students 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sept. 16, 2016

Campus residence halls & apartments

California Freshman Students


8 a.m. - 6 p.m.                               

Sept. 17-18, 2016                                     

Campus residence halls & apartments


Later Arrivals Noon - 6 p.m. Sept. 19-21, 2016 Campus residence halls & apartments
University Housing Parent & Supporter Welcome Sessions

1 - 2 p.m.

2 - 3 p.m.

2 - 3 p.m.

Sept. 17, 2016

Sept. 18, 2016

Community rooms of each residence hall and apartment community 
Evening with the President Parent & Supporters reception

5:30  p.m.

Sept. 18, 2016 O'Neill Green
Big Fall Welcome  7 p.m. Sept. 18, 2016 Spanos Stadium
WOW New Student Orientation   Sept. 17-21, 2016 Campus and SLO Community


1. Secure Your Mustang Move-in Pass 
Go to the Mustang Move-in Reservation System and select a move-in arrival time to secure your required Mustang Move-in Pass. The last day to make or edit a reservation is Monday, Aug. 29. University Housing will reserve move-in arrival times for students who do not make reservations.

2. View Your Apartment and Room Assignment, and Move-in Arrival Time 
Starting at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 17, view your finalized building name and number, room telephone number (one per room), the name(s), hometown(s) and email address(es) of your roommate(s) unless they requested privacy, and residence hall check-in information. Your move-in arrival time, if you have signed up for one, is also viewable. Communicate with roommates in advance about items to share and living preferences.

3. Update Your Emergency Contact Information 
Update your emergency contact name, address and phone number on the Cal Poly Portal, Personal Info. Tab. This information must be on file before we can release your room keys.

4. Pack Light 
We've compiled lists of what's provided, what to bring, and what to leave behind. Pack what you need and what you will use. 

5.Bring your PolyCard or other photo identification
Be prepared for check-in. A photo ID is required to receive your access card and key. Keys are only issued to residents.

What's Provided

Your New Home Comes Move-in Ready 
Campus apartments are furnished. Here's a list of items we provide for the duration of your stay.

Cerro Vista Apartments
























Single & double bedrooms: Each student's bedroom features an extra-long twin bed, a chest of drawers, a wardrobe, a desk,chair and a waste basket for each student. Mini blinds are provided. Each room is also equipped with a phone jack, basic cable TV connection and high-speed Internet access.

Double suites: Each student's bedroom is provided an extra-long twin bed; a chest of drawers and a wardrobe. Mini blinds are provided. Each room is also equipped with a phone jack, basic cable TV connection and high-speed Internet access. A desk, small mobile file cabinet, chair and a waste basket is provided for each student in an adjacent study den.


Bathrooms: A shower curtain, toilet paper and waste basket is provided in each bathroom.

Common Areas: Each apartment's common area is provided a coffee table, two floor lamps, a couch, two end tables and window coverings.

Kitchens include an electric range with a ceramic cook top, a microwave, a full-sized refrigerator, a waste bin, a recycle bin and a fire extinguisher.  Some apartments have dining tables, others have a dining counter and bar stools. Cerro Vista Apartments have garbage disposals.

Basic cable TV connection and an analog phone are also provided.


Housekeeping: Light weekly housekeeping service is provided in kitchen/dining area, living room and bathrooms, and apartments are supplied replacement light bulbs and toilet paper.

What to Bring, What to Leave Behind

Items to bring and leave at home
Feel free to bring the items we suggest below, and talk with your roommates about items to share. Please leave prohibited items at home. 
Feel free to bring

please leave at home

(Prohibited items)

Adhesive hooks & strips (no nails).
*Poster puddy, apartments only

Air conditioners, space heaters

Bathrobe Barbecues
Bath Towels Charcoal, lighter fluid
Bedding (XL twin, mattress/foam pad) & pillows   Grills

Bicycle & lock

Extension cords

Cold medicine & first aid kit

Flammables: candles, incense, gasoline, fireworks, propane
Computer Furniture of any kind: chairs, couches, futons
Hangers Halogen lamps, lava lamps
Important documents (ID, original Social Security card, if you plan to work on campus) Holiday lights
Laundry supplies Hot plates, hot pots, irons (irons can be checked out at the front desk.)
LED desk lamp Industrial cleaning solvents
School Supplies

Freezer units

Small fan


Small personal safe

*Lofts, bed risers
Snack food Microwaves

Toiletries (shower caddy, shower shoes, 
shampoo, conditioner, soap, etc.) 


Storage units taller than 48"

Kitchen items: utensils, dishes, pots & pans, can opener, oven mitts, foil & plastic wrap, spices,

toaster oven, measuring cups & spoons, paper products, electric skillets, toasters, rice cookers.


*Irons: Personal irons allowed in the apartments, but are prohibited in the residence halls. Irons are available on loan at the residence hall front desks.

*Refrigerators: One standard refrigerator is provided in each apartment. Contact the Disability Resource Center at 805-756-1395 if you need a medical accommodation.

*Pets/animals: Pets are not permitted, with the exception of fish in an aquarium not to exceed five gallons per resident or 10 gallons per room/apartment.

*Weapons: Air-soft guns, knives, slingshots, stun guns, BB guns, pellet guns, water guns, firearms, bow and arrows, ammunition, or explosives or other weapons are prohibited. 

*Risers: Riser kits, blocks and bricks are not permitted. Only furniture provided by University Housing that is designed for lofting may be lofted.

Mailing Packages in Advance of Move-in
If you need to mail belongings to Cal Poly, Distribution Services begins accepting packages for residents Thursday, Sept 1, 2016. We suggest using UPS or FedEx to ensure efficient tracking and delivery of your packages.  

Computer 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, visit the ResNet website.

Apartment Condition Inventory
Prior to move in, apartment staff inspect all rooms and apartments and complete an Apartment Condition Inventory (ACI). The ACI documents the condition of the room. If you have found issues in your apartment check with your Resident Advisor (RA) 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.

All apartments rooms are considered to be in good working order with no major maintenance issues. If there are issues in your apartment, please complete a Maintenance Connection service request through your My Cal Poly Portal, Housing Tab, University Housing Service Requestor Channel. Furniture provided in the apartment and bedrooms must remain there.

Campus Partners

College Storage Services
College Storage Services offers convenient home-to-room and retail-to-school delivery of your belongings to Cal Poly in advance of move-in. Place your order by Aug. 24, 2016 to have your college essentials waiting for you when you arrive. 

GradGuard Renters Insurance
On college campuses, backpacks are often filled with thousands of dollars of electronics and books, and student bicycles and other valuables are often targets for criminals. Don’t risk not being able to replace these items. Renters insurance is a low-cost option that can replace your stolen or damaged items subject to a $100.00 deductible. Cal Poly highly recommends that students consider Renters Insurance to protect their belongings. Visit GradGuard Renters Insurance for additional information.

Mustang Laundry
Mustang Laundry helps students make the best use of their limited time at Cal Poly. College is a busy time; you'll want every hour you can get. Mustang Laundry promised 96 more hours of time each year. How does it work?  Students drop off dirty clothes on Mondays and Wednesdays at attended trucks parked near campus residence halls and apartments.  The clothes return clean on Wednesdays and Fridays. All clothes are cleaned with a ten-step process that includes pocket checks, spot treatment, color sorting, optimal temperature, careful folding and hand packaging. Choose from one of three quarterly plans. Register with My Laundry or at

Residential Hall Linens
University Housing's 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, and to place an order, visit the 
Residence Hall Linens website. Thank you for your support!

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