Winter 2021 Mustang Move-In

Updated: Jan. 15, 2020


We are excited to welcome you back to campus for Winter Quarter 2021! Here are some tips to get you settled in: 

Make a Move-in Appointment 

Due to public health requirements, the university is instituting a staggered move-in process over the first week of winter quarter. All move-ins are by appointment only. You will be emailed a notice with instructions on how to secure an appointment time in your Housing Portal.  

Move-in Dates

Sunday, Jan. 3:  New campus residents, and students with in-person commitments (classes, work, etc.)

Friday and Saturday, Jan. 8-9: Students with an all-virtual class schedule

Students that select a move-in date on the Jan. 8 or 9 will receive a nightly credit to reflect a shorter stay in housing. First-year students will receive $40.18/night, while Continuing and Transfer students will receive $45.96/night for up to Jan. 9. We anticipate housing credits will be posted to the Student Account in February.  


After you arrive on campus, check-in and grab your key packet from your check-in location, which is based on your residential community. If you already have your keys, you can go right to your room.

REsidential community  check-in location
Sierra Madre and Yosemite

Sierra Madre Front Desk

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North Mountain Halls, South Mountain Halls Housing Admin. (Bldg. 31)
Cerro Vista Apartments Cerro Vista Front Desk
Poly Canyon Village (Aliso, Buena Vista, Inyo and Huasna) Village Drive Parking Structure
Poly Canyon Village (Corralitos, Dover, Estrella, Foxen and Gypsum)  Canyon Circle Parking Structure

Parking and Maps

Refer to the Mustang Move-in map for info on how to navigate to check-in locations and campus testing sites.

All residents: Mustang Move-in Map >>

Parking permits are not required for supporters on move-in days, Monday, Jan. 3 - Saturday, Jan. 9.  Please utilize the pay stations on campus or buy a permit in advance >>here if you are coming outside of the scheduled move-in days. Student permits are required for residential parking. 

When you arrive for your appointment, you may park in any of the lots designated on the move-in map, which will be available soon here, and be emailed to all new and returning campus residents. Check-in locations, campus traffic routes, COVID-19 testing locations, and additional parking information are also noted on the map.

Moving Carts 

Green moving carts will be available near all check-in locations, and the Poly Canyon Village parking garages. Please return all moving carts to the location you pick them up from, to ensure that they may be sanitized for the next student.  

Public Health 

Students who will be returning to campus will need to take a COVID-19 test three days before returning, and be prepared to present a negative result. 

Students will also be required to immediately get a test on campus upon arrival, before moving into their residence, followed by a second test on campus three days later. 

For more information on winter quarter testing requirements and to schedule your appointments in advance, visit the Student Testing page.

Tips and reminders 

Campus housing is located on hilly terrain. Be prepared to climb stairs. January days on the Central Coast can be variable. Wear comfortable shoes, dress in layers, and bring water. Please leave pets at home. 

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.  
  • Everyone who visits Cal Poly campus is required to wear face-coverings and follow public health guidelines.  

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.

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

Pack light, in case public health conditions necessitate changes to Winter assignments. Take a look at the "What to Bring" suggestion checklist, and talk with your 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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