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.

Arriving Early? 

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. 

Grand Ave

The campus entry point for students living in yakʔitʸutʸu, and Sierra Madre & Yosemite Halls is Grand Avenue.

Highland Drive

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.

Maps and instructions

Use these driving maps on the day of move-in to make your way to the drop-off zone for your housing community:

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:

Don’t bring your entire room with you. You always have breaks to get things from home or have things shipped to you.

— Nicolette

What to Bring (and Leave at Home)

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.

Residence HallsResidence Halls: What to Bring List (pdf)

apartmentsApartments: What to Bring List (pdf)

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. 

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