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Continuing Student Housing

continuing community
Updated Nov. 15, 2022

Continuing students live in the Cerro Vista or Poly Canyon Village (PCV) apartments. Most apartments feature private bedrooms with a few shared bedrooms available in PCV at a lower cost.

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 fall 2023.

You can view housing fees here. Fees for the 2023-24 Academic Year will be updated in early 2023. 

If you are not required to live on-campus, begin your search now. Even if you plan to live on campus, you may not get selected in the lottery for on-campus housing. 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. 

date

STEP

Tuesday, Jan. 17

 

Housing Exemption Form Opens 
Required groups

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

 

tuesday, jan. 31

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Housing Application Opens
Required groups

Current first-year students who are part of our required two-year housing program can 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 2023-24 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. 16-20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Thursday, Feb. 16 and close at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 20.
  • 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.
  • Those offered who do not complete the housing application will be removed from the interest list.

Tuesday, Feb. 21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. Students may add themselves back on the interest list at any time.

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

date

STEP

friday, feb. 24 

Second Interest List opens at 9 a.m.

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

March 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 roommates' RLCs 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 will be able to assign into the same apartment 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.

March 17

Final Day to Edit Application Preferences

STEP 3: ROOM SELECTION - CHOOSE YOUR SPACE!

date

STEP

april 18-may 10 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. We cannot guarantee that separate roommate groups will be able to assign into the same apartment 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.

may 15-july 23

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

date

STEP

wednesday, Aug. 9

 

View Your Housing Fees

Fees post to your Student Account in MyCalPoly. 

saturday, Aug. 19

 

 

Last Day to Cancel Housing

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

TBA

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. 

TBA

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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