Fall Mustang Move-In

Updated: Sept. 1, 2020


University Housing looks forward to welcoming you to your campus home! To protect the health and safety of residents and staff, Mustang Move-in has been extended to include more days. Students and supporters are expected to abide by physical distancing policies and wear face coverings while on campus. In order to stagger visitors, all students will book a move-in appointment for a particular date and time.

Given the evolving nature of COVID-19, we strongly advise that you keep your travel plans as flexible as possible as dates/processes may change.

New Student Move-in Dates

Thursday, Sept. 3: Early move-in for approved Early Start Program participants only.
Friday, Sept 4: New student move-in, prioritized for new Out-of-State and International Students 
Saturday, Sept. 5: New student move-in 
Sunday, Sept. 6: New student move-in, prioritized for Quarter Plus and Core students 
Tuesday, Sept. 8: New student move-in 

Monday, Sept 7 is Labor Day — no move-in appointments are available.

Continuing Student Move-in Dates

Tuesday, Sept. 8* - Sunday, Sept. 13: All continuing students

*Limited appointments will be available on Sept. 8, to help with physical distancing.


All residents must reserve a move-in appointment for a particular date and time to unload your vehicle, check-in, and park. Once reservations open, please book a move-in appointment in your Housing Portal under Mustang Move-in. Print your confirmation email and take it with you on the day of your move-in, as verification of your appointment.

New students: Booking a move-in appointment

New students can book an appointment in their Housing Portal through Aug. 31.

To give them more flexibility to make travel plans and book flights, new out-of-state, international students, and Quarter Plus students received early access to book a move-in appointment. Friday, Sept. 4 will be prioritized for New Out of State and International students, though they can select other dates if appointments are available. Friday, Sept. 6 will be prioritized for CORE and Quarter Plus students.

Continuing students: Booking a move-in appointment

The reservation system opens to continuing students. All returning students can book a move-in appointment in their Housing Portal for the following dates: Sept. 8-13. To give them more flexibility for travel plans and flights, out-of-state and international students received early access to book a reservation.

Need to change, cancel, or defer?

New students can change or edit their appointments through Aug. 31 in their Housing Portal. Continuing students have until Sept. 6 to change their move-in appointment.

If you choose to defer fall housing after you schedule a move-in appointment, please cancel your move-in appointment so another resident can reserve the time. 

Move-in Maps and Instructions

Follow these campus maps to ensure a convenient move-in experience. Maps include directions to Cal Poly, campus traffic routes, designated drop-off zones based on housing assignment (building), short- and long-term parking info. and check-in locations.

Resident Hall Move-in Map 
For first-year students living in yakʔitʸutʸu, Sierra Madre, Yosemite, South Mountain (Red Brick) Halls and North Mountain Halls. 

Apartment Move-in Map 
For first-year, transfer/grad and continuing students living in Cerro Vista Apartments or Poly Canyon Village.

Parent and Supporter Sessions

Join University Housing's staff for a brief virtual presentation and Q and A about the resident student experience. Join via this Zoom Link at any of the following times:

1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4 
7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5 | Spanish language session
1 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 8 
7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 9 
9 a.m., Friday, Sept. 11

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.

Mustang Move-in reminders: 

  • Plan to arrive on campus at the time of your appointment to help keep traffic flowing smoothly throughout the day. 
  • Maps and detailed move-in instructions will be emailed to you prior to move-in. 
  • Limit your move-in party to yourself and two supporters. 
  • Your party should wear face-coverings while on campus. 
  • Need to go shopping after you've moved in? As a courtesy to other movers, please return to campus after move-in appointments have concluded.
  • New students: Don’t forget to go to the UU Plaza to pick up WOW materials, personal protective equipment, and your Poly Card. Your WOW check-in time will be on your move-in appointment confirmation email. 

Late Check-in

If you were not able to book a Mustang Move-in appointment or you arrive after Mustang Move-in has concluded for the day, please check-in between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the front desk that serves your community:

  • North Mountain and South Mountain: Trinity Front Desk
  • Yosemite and Sierra Madre: Sierra Madre Community Center
  • yakʔitʸutʸu: yakʔitʸutʸu Community Center
  • Poly Canyon Village: Aliso Front Desk
  • Cerro Vista: Cerro Vista Community Center

Check-ins after 8 p.m. will only be admitted on an emergency basis. If arriving after 8 p.m., call the RA-on-call number posted on the front door of your building.

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)

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