Fall Mustang Move-In

Updated: Aug.11, 2022


University Housing looks forward to welcoming you to your campus home! To protect the health and safety of residents and staff, students and supporters are expected to abide by physical distancing policies and wear face coverings while on campus. All students will book a move-in appointment for a particular date and time.

Mustang Move-in Dates

Tuesday - Wednesday, Sept. 13-14: University Housing move-in for new first-year and transfer students 

Friday - Sunday, Sept. 16-18: University Housing move-in for continuing students

Early move-in will be offered for Early Start Programs participants—students who are required to be on campus to support programming for fall opening.

Visit the Early Start Programs webpage for move-in dates, times and check-in info.

Housing Assignments

Fall housing assignments are available in your Housing Portal in MyCalPoly.


All residents must reserve a move-in appointment for a particular date and time to unload your vehicle, check-in, and park. You will be able to book a move-in arrival date and time in your Housing Portal under Mustang Move-in when the reservation system opens on in August.

Mustang Move-in Maps and Instructions

To ensure a safe and convenient experience, please follow your Mustang Move-in maps to your campus entry point for check-in. Our maps include directions to Cal Poly, campus traffic routes, designated drop-off zones based on housing assignment, short- and long-term parking info. and check-in locations.

Be sure to enter at the correct campus entrance point for your community. Maps will be posted in August. If you enter at the wrong entry point, you will be re-routed off-campus to the correct entry point: 

  • New Students (Sept. 13-14): Grand Ave. Entrance Map for new yakʔitʸutʸu, Sierra Madre, and Yosemite residents.
  • New Students (Sept. 13-14): Highland Drive Entrance Map for new North Mountain, South Mountain, Cerro Vista, and Poly Canyon Village Residents
  • Continuing Students (Sept. 16-18): Highland Drive Entrance Map for Continuing Students in Poly Canyon Village and Cerro Vista

If you are part of an Early Move-in Program, you will find your maps and directions here.

Tips and Reminders

Campus housing is located on hilly terrain. Be prepared to climb stairs. September days on the Central Coast are warm. Wear comfortable shoes, a hat, sunscreen and water. Please leave pets at home.

Once on campus, navigate to your community's drop-off zone to unload your car, check-in, and park. Sanitized green moving bins will be available to assist in your move.

Ship to Room

Cal Poly Distribution Services is offering a Ship to Room service for those who would like to ship items directly to themselves/their student. Shipped items will be placed in the student's room prior to move-in day. Items must be shipped via an approved shipper such as USPS, FedEx or UPS. Items must be received at least five days prior to move-in. The deadline to sign up for this service is Wednesday, Aug. 31.

What's Provided

Your new home comes furnished and move-in ready. View floor plans and amenities for campus residences here:

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)

Pack light, in case public health conditions necessitate changes to fall assignments. Take a look at the "Free to Bring" suggestion checklist, and talk with your roommates/apartment-mates about items to share. Please leave prohibited items at home.

Residence Halls: What to Bring List (pdf)

Apartments: What to Bring List (pdf)

Mustang Welcome Team Volunteers

Sign-up links available soon
General Volunteer Sign Up: Help welcome Mustangs, guide traffic, collect carts and assist us in keeping move-in running smooth. 

Lead Sign Up: Take a leadership role in move-in by leading a zone for move-in!

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