The Future of Mustang Housing  

Over the next 10 years, Cal Poly will expand and improve campus housing to enhance its 24/7 residential experience that supports students’ academic success, personal growth, persistence to graduation, and career readiness. 
The Housing Future Plan will add about 3,000 beds to campus housing and incorporate major renovations to University Housing’s six red brick residence halls. The 10-year, $1.2 billion program will include multiple phases of construction. The CSU Housing Proposal Review Committee approved the plan in 2023. The CSU Board of Trustees will review it as part of a future step.
The plan addresses the goals of the 2035 Campus Master Plan — increasing the number of campus bedspaces by 2035 — and ensures the long-term financial health of the university's campus housing operation. 

Multiple Phases 

Phase one: A new residence hall will be constructed on the current site of the parking lots above North Mountain, adjacent to existing first-year housing. 

Subsequent phases: These are planned for the current site of our oldest housing community, the North Mountain residence halls, built in 1953.

Both sites are ideal for new housing as they are centrally located and have existing infrastructure.   

New Amenities 

We are planning for new and renovated buildings with modern amenities and improvements. They include: 

  • Elevators 
  • Air conditioning 
  • More accessible bedrooms and restrooms 
  • Outdoor pathways designed to support access across hilly terrain 
  • Expand the Residential Student Experience to new communities and enhanced spaces to support student success 

Project Priorities 

  • Build high-quality residence halls and suite-style housing to support student success and growing enrollment. 
  • Open the first residence hall in fall 2026 and the next two phases in two-year intervals.   
  • Achieve affordability and innovation by exploring modular construction.  
  • Renovate red brick residence halls after our first new building opens to students.   

Housing Grant Program  
In 2018, University Housing established a housing grant program to support students with the greatest financial need with their housing fees. Since inception, the grant fund has grown from $890,000 to $3.6 million.  One million dollars is planned to be added to the grant annually to continue to support low-income students living on campus. 

Next Steps 

We will continue to post updates on this site, including milestones and progress. Check back to follow along as we grow! 

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