Fall Mustang Move-In
Updated: Sept. 30, 2019
University Housing looks forward to welcoming you to your campus home, Mustangs, and we've planned the big move with your convenience in mind!
2019 Move-in Dates
First-year and transfer students move in Saturday, Sept. 14. The Mustang Welcome Team will be available to direct you to your drop-off zone and long-term parking and help you unload.
Tip! WOW grouping starts on Sept. 15.
Continuing students move in Sunday, Sept. 15 - Wednesday, Sept. 18. Monday is an assisted day; all other days are self-guided.
A fee and all housing contract rules apply if you arrive early and accept your keys for move-in before your housing contract start date.
- New student contract start date: Saturday, Sept. 14. New student early arrival flat rate fee: $129
- Continuing student contract start date: Sunday, Sept. 15. Continuing student early arrival flat rate fee: $172
- Register for early move-in in advance on your Housing Portal or we will mark you as an early move-in at check-in.
- The fee will be charged to your Student Account, due when posted.
- A registration hold is placed for fees not paid.
These fees do not apply to Early Start Program participants. Your stay is covered by your program or your participation in Fall Opening.
Mustang Move-in Pass
All students must have a Mustang Move-in Pass for move-in on the dates noted above. The pass is secured by signing up for a required move-in arrival date and time for vehicle unloading, check-in and long-term parking. You can book a Move-in Arrival Time in your Housing Portal under Mustang Move-in. Parking permits are required for cars remaining on campus starting Sept. 17 at 5 p.m.
New! This year, you will check in for WOW at the same time you check in for housing.
Early Start Programs Participants
Students who are required to be on campus before the published fall move-in dates are eligible for early move-in through formalized agreements with campus programs. Early start programs participants will be emailed move-in dates and instructions in August, after all student rosters are finalized. Early Start Programs participants do not need a Mustang Move-in Pass.
For more information see the Early Start Program Move-in page.
Parent & Supporter Orientation Sessions - Saturday, Sept. 14
English: 2 p.m. - All first-year communities
Junta de padres y familiares en español: 3:15 p.m. - Trinity and yakʔitʸutʸu
Transfer & Late SLO Days: 3:15 p.m., Cerro Vista Community Center
Mandatory Student Meetings
First-year and transfer students: 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 14
Residence halls and Cerro Vista Apartments
Continuing students: 8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18
Residence halls and Poly Canyon Village
Campus Entry Point, Maps & Video
No one likes long lines and traffic delays. To ensure a convenient move-in experience, we've designated campus entry points based on living community.
The campus entry point for students living in yakʔitʸutʸu, and Sierra Madre & Yosemite Halls is Grand Avenue.
The campus entry point for students living in the South Mountain (red brick) Residence Halls, North Mountain Halls, Cerro Vista Apartments and Poly Canyon Village is Highland Drive.
Use these driving maps on the day of move-in to make your way to the drop-off zone for your housing community:
Sept. 14: New student move-in for Yosemite, Sierra Madre and yakʔitʸutʸu
Sept. 14: New student move-in for North Mountain, South Mountain, Cerro Vista and Poly Canyon Village
Sept. 15-18: Continuing student move-in for Cerro Vista and Poly Canyon Village
- See Continuing Student Move-in map.
- Watch your move-in instructions for the Highland Dr. campus entry point. (Note: Shuttles are not available for Continuing Student Move-in, as long-term parking is available near apartment communities. Unloading assistance is available on Sept. 16.)
Tip! Campus housing is located on hilly terrain. Be prepared to climb stairs, and remember that September days on the Central Coast are warm. Consider bringing comfortable shoes, a hat, sunscreen and water. Please leave pets at home.
What's Provided in the Rooms
Your new home comes move-in ready. All of our residence halls and apartments are furnished. View the floor plans and amenities for the following residences:
- Sierra Madre & Yosemite Halls
- South Mountain Halls
- North Mountain Halls
- Cerro Vista Apartments
- Poly Canyon Village Apartments
Don’t bring your entire room with you. You always have breaks to get things from home or have things shipped to you.
Take a look at the "Free to Bring" suggestion checklist, and talk with your roommates about items to share. Please leave prohibited items at home.
Recent updates: Battery operated, LED string lighting is permissible for short-term display. Emergency supply kits are also recommended.
Shop CP Thrift!
Save money on campus living items. Avoid extra trips to retailers. Reduce packaging waste from online shopping. Buy from the CP Thrift Fair during Mustang Move-in!
College supplies & household items collected from the Cal Poly community during Move-out will be available to new and returning students. Items will be offered with a suggested donation to help fund future eco-friendly projects through the Cal Poly Green Campus Sustainability Fund.
CP Thrift is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 14 in yakʔitʸutʸu and Monday, Sept. 16 in Poly Canyon Village.
Mailing Packages Before Move-in
Tip! Consider using UPS or FedEx to ensure efficient tracking and delivery of your packages.
Need to mail your belongings to Cal Poly? Distribution Services begins accepting packages for residents on Sept. 3, 2019.
Volunteer with Move-in!
We are grateful for the hundreds of volunteers who help welcome every new Mustang. We invite all members of the Mustang Community, faculty, staff, students, and alumni, to volunteer with move-in! Advance signups are appreciated.