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Moving In Residence Halls - Freshmen - Fall 2014

Fall room assignments, roommate information, and move-in directions will be available Wednesday, August 20, 2014, by reaccessing your housing application.

  • Freshman Move In is set for 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 15 and 16, 2014. Each student was assigned a specific move-in day based on a random lottery. Access your Cal Poly Portal ( and click on the Housing Tab to view your assigned move-in day. The residence halls and apartments will open 12 - 6 p.m. for move in each day thereafter. 
  • Housing Opening Day and Week of Welcome (WOW) Activities begin Tuesday, September 16, 2014. University Housing department 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.
  • Remember to 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 can only be issued to students.
  • Move-In Day Shuttle Bus and Tips:
    University Housing will be providing a shuttle service between the R-1 parking lot (behind the Red Brick Halls and adjacent to Cerro Vista) to the H-16 parking lot. Instructions for moving into iCommunity at Poly Canyon Village Apartments will be emailed to residents. In late August shuttle locations and a map will be posted on this website.

Moving in Green:

10 Tips for Being Green at Cal Poly (pdf)

Fall Quarter MoveIn Guide

Printable Move-In Guide for Fall 2014 New Students - 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, directions, 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.


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 for Freshmen

On August 20, 2014, you can view your finalized housing assignment information and move-in details by re-accessing 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 phone number(s) (unless roommate requested privacy)
  • Residence Hall check-in information - check in at your assigned building or tower.
  • Parking directions for move-in day

Required Emergency Contact Information:

The following information is required of all students, who will be living in on-campus housing, and must be submitted before receiving their keys. This information can be submitted on-line 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
Room Furnishings
Residence Hall Room Dimensions
Room Condition Inventory (RCI)
Need to Bring
Suggested Items to Bring
Items Not Allowed
Loft Policy
Laundry Facilities
Computer Network Connectivity
Student Employment

Helpful Hints
On move-in day, you will need to bring a "hand truck" or dolly and bungee cords to assist in moving your belongings from your car to your room. As there are no elevators in the Residence Halls, please come prepared for stairs (sensible shoes, boxes that can be carried,etc.).

Room Furnishings
Each room is furnished with window coverings, one telephone, and the following items for each resident: One extra long twin bed, mattress, dresser, desk and desk chair, waste basket, and closet wardrobe storage. Basic cable TV connection in each room.

As part of your furnishings, University Housing provides one mini-refrigerator in each Residence Hall room. The refrigerator has a small freezer. The mini-refrigerator's exterior dimensions are approximately 33" tall,18" wide, and 20" deep (total interior volume is 2.9 cu.ft.).

Please note:

  • No additional refrigerators or free standing freezers of any size are allowed in Residence Hall rooms or Apartments. Rooms in the North Mountain Halls are provided with a mini-refrigerator / microwave.Students living in on-campus Apartments are not allowed to have personal refrigerators. Standard refrigerator / freezer units are provided in Apartment kitchens.
    Students with medical needs requiring additional refrigeration space need to contact University Housing (805.756.1226)

Residence Hall Room Dimensions
Room Dimensions and Photos.

Room Condition Inventory (RCI):
All residence hall students must inspect their room and complete a Room Condition Inventory (RCI) upon move in and move out. The RCI documents the condition of the room. Upon move in, all rooms are considered to be in good working order with no major maintenance issues. If there are issues in your room 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.
Residents will be held responsible for damages in the room that were not noted on the RCI.

Need to bring:
Bedding (extra long sheets, mattress pad, pillows, bedspread or comforter). Many students like to get a foam pad for their mattress. Towels.

Suggested items to bring:
Small desk lamp, clock radio, TV/Stereo/DVD (share with roommate), plastic stacking tubs, coat hangers, iron (check out ironing board at front desk), small desktop fan, and electrical surge protector power strips  (to plug in computers, radio, etc.).
For other suggested items to bring: www.collegeboard or www.heloise

Residents may bring small coffeemakers and one-piece popcorn poppers.


  • Candles
  • Incense
  • Halogen lamps
  • Holiday or rope lights
  • Extension cords
  • Lofts/bed risers
  • Raised beds
  • Sterno devices
  • Space heaters
  • Air conditioners
  • Hot plates
  • Hot pots
  • Electric skillets/grills
  • Toasters
  • Rice cookers
  • Microwave ovens
  • Gasoline
  • Charcoal
  • Lighter fluid
  • Barbecues
  • Industrial cleaning solvents


  • Free standing storage units over 48" tall are not allowed.
  • Weapons (included but not limited to: air-soft guns, knives, slingshots, BB guns, pellet guns, water guns, firearms, bow and arrow, pepper spray, ammunition, or explosives of any kind).
  • Pets (Students may not bring or keep any animal in or around the residence halls or apartments other than fish in an aquarium not to exceed 5 gallons per resident or 10 gallons per room.)
  • Free standing freezers of any size.
  • Students are not allowed to bring personal furniture into on-campus housing residence hall rooms or apartments (couches, chairs, futons, etc.).
  • Due to space constraints and noise concerns, large free standing units, large stereo speakers, etc., need to be left at home. Note: All furniture that is originally in the room must remain in that room.

Loft Policy:
Due to safety concerns, only furniture provided by Cal Poly University Housing, designed specially for the purpose of lofting, can be lofted. Use of risers, blocks, bricks, etc., are NOT ALLOWED in the residence halls or apartments.
Free-standing storage units taller than 48" are NOT ALLOWED in the residence halls or apartments. Due to space constraints in residence hall rooms, couches, large stereo speakers, personal furniture, etc., need to be left at home.

Laundry Facilities:
Electronic "debit card" operated washers and dryers are located throughout the University Housing facilities. Each resident will be issued a laundry card during check-in. Dollar value may be added to the card at the "Add Value" stations located in the first floor lobby of each South Mountain Hall, in the main lounge of Sierra Madre and Yosemite Halls and the laundry rooms at Poly Canyon Village. Laundry machines at Cerro Vista Apartments utilize personal debit/credit cards.

One phone is installed in each room. Each room 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, or 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 the ITS (Information Technology Services) desk at 805-756-7000 (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:
Housing provides a high-speed connection to Cal Poly data network and the internet.
Computers must have a 10/100Base-T Ethernet card installed. Wireless is available but it is suggested that students bring their own "ethernet cable" to connect the computer to the assigned in-room data wall jack if needed.
To protect the on-campus computing network, residents will be required to login and go through a mandatory ResNet Pre-Check before gaining network access.
For more detailed information, please go to the ResNet website.

Student Employment:
Many types of jobs are available in the Housing Department and throughout campus. Housing hires over 100 student workers annually. Go to About University Housing for more information.

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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