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Continuing Student Housing

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Updated March 7, 2022

Continuing students live in the Cerro Vista or Poly Canyon Village (PCV) apartments. Most apartments feature private bedrooms, but we also offer a few shared bedrooms in PCV.

Next Year's Housing Options 

Most spaces in campus apartments will be filled with students who are part of the University's required two-year housing programThe required groups are current first-year Cal Poly Scholars, student-athletes and CAFES, CAED and CENG students who will be starting their second-year in 2022-23.

A limited number of spaces—about 500—were offered by lottery on Tuesday, March 1 to other Cal Poly students on our initial interest list. If you did not receive an offer on March 1, you can add your name to our second interest list starting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 8. Offers from this list will be made on a first come first served basis.  

You can view next year's housing fees here

If you are not required to live on and plan to live off-campus, begin your search now. Even if you plan to live on campus, begin exploringget a feel for your optionsin case you are not selected in our lottery. You can explore off-campus options and resources for renters here.

Steps to Secure Housing

All steps are completed through your Housing Portal on MyCalPoly. 
Please check this page and your Cal Poly email for updates. Additional dates may be added. Dates marked tentative are subject to change.


STEP 1: SIGN UP

Required groups complete the housing application or request an exemption. 

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STEP

Jan. 20

 

Housing Exemption Form Opens 
Required groups

Current first-year students who are part of our required two-year housing program begin submitting housing exemption requests. 

 

FeB. 8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Housing Application Opens
Required groups

Current first-year students who are part of our required two-year housing program begin signing up for next year's housing.

  • Choose one Residential Learning Community (RLC). Keep in mind, potential roommates must have the same RLC.  Explore 2022-23 RLC options. >>

  • Specify who you would prefer to share an apartment with:

    Peers share the same gender.
    Peers who identify as any gender.
    Peers who identify as LGBTQIA regardless of gender identity.
    Peers who identify as LGBTQIA and are the same gender identity.
    Peers who identify as LGBTQIA and as trans or binary.
  • Connect with the Disability Resource Center (DRC) for any necessary accommodations.

All other (non-required) students add their names to our initial interest list.

Feb. 24-27

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Initial Housing Interest List Opens
All other (non-required) students

Continuing students who do not have a two-year housing requirement can add their names to our initial interest list for next year's housing. 


As we anticipate a high demand for the roughly 500 available spaces, the interest list will initially open for a limited timeframe—four days. 

  • Sign-ups open at 9 a.m. on the 24th and close at 11:59 p.m. on the 27th.

  • Spaces from this initial list are awarded by lottery, so your chances of securing housing aren't based on when you sign up between these dates.

  • Once the first round of offers have been made, the initial interest list will be cleared. A new interest list will open at a later date to be determined and based on availability. 

March 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Housing Offers Begin by Lottery
All other (non-required) students

Students on the initial interest list begin receiving housing offers. 

  • Offers are made by lottery for available spaces. Offers will be sent to the student's Cal Poly email address. Check your email daily. Respond within 48 hours, as specified in the offer. 

  • Those offered who do not complete the housing application will be removed from the interest list.

If you are selected to sign up: 

  • Choose one Residential Learning Community (RLC). Keep in mind, potential roommates must have the same RLC. Explore 2022-23 RLC options. >>

  • Specify who you would prefer to share an apartment with:

    Peers share the same gender.
    Peers who identify as any gender.
    Peers who identify as LGBTQIA regardless of gender identity.
    Peers who identify as LGBTQIA and are the same gender identity.
    Peers who identify as LGBTQIA and as trans or binary.
  • Connect with the Disability Resource Center (DRC) for any necessary accommodations.


STEP 2: ADD ROOMMATES + FINALIZE PREFERENCES 
OR
ADD YOUR NAME TO OUR SECOND INTEREST LIST

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STEP

mARCH 2-18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add Roommates
All students in required and non-required groups who have signed up for housing can add up to three roommates.

  • Roommate groups are optional. You can sign up as an individual, then select into an apartment with other groups or individuals during room selection. 

  • Request roommates in the housing application. Only students who have completed the application are searchable. Your roommate(s) must confirm your request.

  • Your roommate('s) RLC must match. It's also helpful if apartment preferences match.

  • The vast majority of apartments are four-bedroom, four-person apartments. Five- and six-person apartments are limited in number. 

    • We cannot guarantee that separate roommate groups who hope to assign into the same apartment will be able to do so, or have the same appointment day and/or time for the upcoming room selection. Please keep your options open and communicate openly about alternatives with all others who you hope to live with.

March 8 

Second Interest List opens at 9 a.m.

  • Spaces will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. 
March 18

Final Day to Edit Application Preferences

STEP 3: ROOM SELECTION - CHOOSE YOUR SPACE!

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STEP

April 5- 20 

(Tentative)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Choose Your Space! 

You will be emailed an appointment date and time to select your space. Appointments are determined by lottery and group size and may not be the same as others in your roommate group. Four-person groups will assign before smaller groups and individuals. 
 

  • Viewable spaces are based on your RLC preference, which you select in the housing app.

  • Since some communities fill quickly, preferences are not guaranteed. If your preferred community or apartment type fills, you will see other available spaces.

  • The vast majority of apartments are four-bedroom, four-person apartments. Five- and six-person apartments are limited in number. 

  • As a reminder, we cannot guarantee that separate roommate groups who hope to assign into the same apartment will be able to do so, or have the same appointment day and/or time. Please keep your options open and communicate openly about alternatives with others who you hope to live with.

April 25-July 22
(TENTATIVE)

Change Rooms

Individuals can change rooms in the Housing Portal, based on availability. Students cannot change rooms for other individuals or their roommate group.

STEP 4: PREP FOR FALL

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STEP

Aug. 10

(TENTATIVE)

View Your Housing Fees

Fees post to your Student Account in MyCalPoly. 

Aug. 17

 

 

Last Day to Cancel Housing

Canceling with 30 days ensures you avoid fees for lack of notice. The $500 initial payment is non-refundable if you cancel to live off-campus.

Aug. 21
(tentative)

Reserve Your Mustang Move-in Appointment

Sign up in your Housing Portal. 

SEPT. 1 

 

Make your first housing payment

Pay in full for the academic year, or make your quarterly or monthly installment. 

Sept. 16-18

Mustang Move-in for continuing students

Winter and Spring Housing

Learn more here about signing up for winter and spring housing. 

Summer Housing

Staying on campus to get ahead on classes during the summer? We offer summer housing!

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