Fall Mustang Move-In

Updated: Feb. 19, 2020



University Housing looks forward to welcoming you to your campus home, Mustangs, and we've planned the big move with your convenience in mind!

2020 Move-in Dates

The Mustang Welcome Team will be available to direct you to your drop-off zone and long-term parking and help you unload.


First-years and transfers will move in with their housing community on the following days:
Sept. 11, 2020: North Mountain Halls, Sierra Madre and Yosemite 
Sept. 12, 2020: South Mountain Halls and yakʔitʸutʸu 

Sept. 12, 2020: New transfers move in to Poly Canyon or Cerro Vista

Continuing students
Move in dates will be announced soon.

Mustang Move-in Pass

All students must have a Mustang Move-in Pass for move-in on their move-in day. 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 will be able to book a Move-in Arrival Time in your Housing Portal in August.

Early Start Programs Participants

Students who are required to be on campus before the official 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.

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 is Grand Ave.

Highland Drive

The campus entry point for students living in the South Mountain (red brick) Residence Halls, North Mountain Halls, Sierra Madre, Yosemite, Cerro Vista Apartments and Poly Canyon Village is Highland Drive.

Maps and instructions

Move-in Maps will be posted for all communities. Watch this space for more info.

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.

Residence Halls: What to Bring List (pdf)

Apartments: 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. 

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 in early September.

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! Sign-ups will be available soon.

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