Continuing Student Housing

continuing community
Updated: March 17, 2017

The continuing student housing application now closed. Go to the Cal Poly Portal, Housing, 2017 FALL to place yourself on the campus housing interest list.

Perfect for continuing students, campus apartments are safe and convenient with all the amenities you expect: full kitchens, Wi-Fi included, the option of private or shared bedrooms and the opportunity to choose your living space. 

Most continuing students will live in Poly Canyon Village Apartments, a beautiful community with breath-taking views, convenient dining, and a market. All of it is just steps away from class. The locations of Learning Communities listed here is for the 2016-17 academic year and may change year-to-year based upon student interest. 

Learning Communities

Cal Poly apartments offer more of the independence that comes with apartment living combined with support when you need it. Our continuing student Learning Communities offer balance - social events to help you unwind and academic partnerships to provide the very best learning experience.

Sophomore Success Program (SSP) & Continuing Student Success

Boost your academic and career success by taking advantage of valuable campus partner connections and making life-long friendships. Located in Poly Canyon Village Apartments.

iCommunity 2.0

Live with entrepreneurs, creators and visionaries across all majors to cultivate an innovative mindset. Residents prepare to become emerging leaders and career-ready entrepreneurs. Get ready to generate innovative solutions to real-world problems, research promising technologies and develop viable business plans.​ Located in Poly Canyon Village Apartments.


Explore your strengths and connect with academic advising resources and career advising. This option is for continuing students who need housing during the winter break. Located in Cerro Vista Apartments.

For a complete list of housing options, visit the Residence Halls and Apartments page.


Steps to Secure Housing
Current freshmen have priority to apply for a second year of campus housing. The priority window is one week; then, the application opens to all continuing students.

To secure your space for continuing student housing, complete the following steps on your Cal Poly Portal:

  1. Apply online through the Housing tab.
    March 1, 2017: The housing application opens to current freshmen.
    March 9, 2017: The housing application opens to all continuing students.
  2. Pay or indicate Financial Aid for the initial housing payment of $1,125.
    Students can pay the initial payment, or indicate on the housing application that it will be paid by financial aid, provided they expect to receive sufficient aid to cover tuition and housing fees. Payments are made on the Money Matters tab. 

For complete fees and payment information, view our Continuing Student Housing Fees page. 

View our Continuing Student Housing Application Steps and Timeline (pdf) for complete information. 

The Online Application: What to Expect
The housing application allows you to indicate several preferences for your housing experience, including:

Note: You will not specify roommates on the housing application. Roommates are pulled in during the self-assignment process. 

Continuing students who have secured campus housing are able to self-assign their room in an apartment, in spring quarter. Self-assignment is determined by lottery of students who have secured campus housing. Instructions are emailed prior to the self-assignment appointment date. 

Mustang Move-in

Mustang Move-in is set for the second and third week of September, dates to be determined. We have prepared specific steps to ensure a safe and convenient experience for all students and families. 

Check back for complete information about packing for college and preparing for move-in day.

Winter and Spring Housing

Need to live on campus starting with the winter or spring quarter? Visit the Winter and Spring Housing webpage.

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