Housing Updates

Updated Sept.9, 2021 

As the University returns to near normal operations for the 2021-22 academic year, campus residence halls will be configured for double rooms, and triples and and quads in our larger spaces. Our shared apartments in Cerro Vista and Poly Canyon Village will continue to feature single rooms, with a small number of double rooms in the six-person apartments. Final housing occupancy levels and services will be based on San Luis Obispo County Public Health guidance and public health conditions. 

Campus Coronavirus Info and Guidance 

Cal Poly is actively monitoring the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and has provided the Coronavirus webpage to share critical updates and advisories. Check this page for announcements, requirements, testing updates and ways to stay healthy. 

Vaccine Requirement 

The California State University (CSU) announced on July 27 that all students and CSU employees accessing campus will be required to be fully vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. At Cal Poly, we will require residential students to be vaccinated by Sept. 14 and the remainder of the campus community by Sept. 20. This policy will go into effect whether the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends the vaccines for all uses, or continues with the current emergency-use authorizations. Read the full CSU announcement.

Students can access the vaccination status declaration on the “COVID-19 Info” tab in their student portal. All vaccination and exemption information will be kept confidential and, like all other medical records, only available to Campus Health and Wellbeing professionals.

Housing assignments are made not based on vaccination status. However, students who are not fully vaccinated, including those who declare a religious or medical exemption, will be required to participate in ongoing COVID-19 testing throughout the academic year, wear face coverings in all indoor settings, including residence halls, and provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of moving into a campus residence hall or apartment or attending your first day of in-person classes, whichever comes first. 

For more information on the vaccine requirement, visit Cal Poly's COVID-19 vaccine page.

Student Quarantine and Isolation Guide

The Student Quarantine and Isolation Guide supports students who have received a positive COVID-19 test, who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, or have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 symptoms or has the virus. As our response to the pandemic continues to evolve, please continue to check this helpful guide for updates.

Expectations for Residents

Residents are expected to keep their living spaces clean and sanitize high-touch surfaces often, wear face coverings outside of their rooms or apartments and in public spaces and wash their hands often. 

Due to public health conditions, students are to limit move-in helpers to two supporters. And supporters are recommended to get a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to coming to campus. 

Community Support

Live-in Staff

Coordinators for Student Development—Master's level professional staff and Resident Advisors—student leaders live in every community and are available to support students. Residential Student Experience staff are focusing on three learning goals around the areas of wellness, academics/career and life skills, and equitable leadership, specifically: Be Well. Be Smart. Be the Change.


To proctect the health and staff and students during the ongoing pandemic, Housing custodial staff will not be accessing residents' campus apartments to clean their commons spaces. Instead, cleaning will be scheduled for long breaks such as Thanksgiving, winter break, and spring break, if possible and based on current conditions/guidance at the time. 


Students can report maintenance items through Service Requester on their Housing Portal. If you have been directed to quarantine or isolate, work orders that are life safety or "urgent" maintenance will be addressed first to limit contact between maintenance staff and residents during the pandemic. 

Summer Housing

Summer housing with flexible leases is located in Cerro Vista Apartments. Accommodations are private rooms in shared apartments.There is a 21-day minimum stay in summer housing. The last day to reserve summer housing was Aug. 13. All residents must move out by Sept. 4 at noon. Learn more here.

The Cerro Vista summer resident desk hours are noon - 7 p.m. daily. Phone is 805-756-6790. The front desk supports students with lock-outs, access to kitchens and vending (by reservation) and other services. The RA on-call is available to residents after hours.

Fall Communications

To support you during the quarter, we will post Housing email communications and urgent campus messages to residents here.  You can view Campus Updates here


If you are looking for general housing information, visit our Housing FAQ page

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