Continuing Student Housing

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Updated: Aug. 30, 2019

Continuing Student Housing

Second-year students and beyond can choose from three different Cal Poly apartment communities.

On campus, students can live in the Cerro Vista or Poly Canyon Village apartments. These furnished apartments are safe and convenient with all the amenities: full kitchens, Wi-Fi, private or shared bedrooms, regular cleaning service and a network of support to help you succeed. Plus, there’s the 360-degree views, the amazing hikes, and nearby shops — right in your backyard.  

Students can also live in the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo at Cal Poly Lofts, a smaller community designed for student entrepreneurs and innovators. The Lofts are beautifully renovated studio, one and two-bedroom, fully-furnished apartments, steps away from business networks, the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship and nearby shops, eateries and entertainment.

Learn more about Cal Poly Lofts and how to apply here. (The Cal Poly Lofts application is now closed for 2019-20.) 

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram @cp_housing for all the latest updates.  

How to apply for campus apartments

Most students who applied before our initial deadline on March 16 have already selected their rooms — but we still have spaces available in both Cerro Vista and Poly Canyon Village. Sign up today to snag a spot on campus for next year!

Apply now! >>

See 2019-20 housing fees info. >> 

How to apply

  1. Access and submit the application under University Housing in your Cal Poly Portal.
  2. Watch your Cal Poly email for assignment instructions and information.

Room selection

Students who apply for housing between March 16 - July 14 will have an opportunity to select an available room, according to the following schedule:*

Secured on or before May 10 Students will select a room on Tuesday, May 14. (Watch your email for instructions!) Those that do not select a room will be assigned by University Housing.
Secured from May 11 - June 14 Students will select a room in the application (watch your email for instructions!), beginning in late May and continuing through June 14.
Secured on or after June 15 Students will be assigned to an available space by University Housing.

Because there are a limited amount of spots remaining, there’s no guarantee that you will be able to live together with preferred roommates. But the earlier you secure campus housing, the more options you’ll have.

*The room selection schedule is subject to change. Students who miss their room selection appointment will be assigned a space by University Housing. New applicants will be assigned by University Housing.

Housing preferences

In the application, students can choose a same-gender, mixed-gender, or gender-inclusive apartment. Here's what that means:

  • Same-gender: Students share an apartment with other students of the same sex or gender.
  • Mixed-gender: Students share an apartment with other students of any sex or gender.
  • Gender-inclusive: We recognize that many students would be more comfortable living with other members of the LGBTQ+ community and/or in housing options inclusive of all genders, gender identities, and expressions (not gendered into male and female spaces). Gender-inclusive apartments are designed to meet this need. They are available in both the PRIDE Community and in clusters throughout all other residential learning communities.

Residential Learning Communities

Housing assignments are based on Residential Learning Communities (RLCs). In your application, you will have the opportunity to assign yourself into one of the following RLCs:

Continuing Student Success Program - Poly Canyon Village and Cerro Vista
A more general residential learning community, in the Success Program students of all majors can create a dynamic space that promotes academic success, social engagement and independent living. Defining academic goals, exposure to project opportunities and creating a map of coursework and their career beyond Cal Poly are focuses in these neighborhood communities.

PRIDE Community - Cerro Vista, Floors 3 and 4 of Hollister
A learning community for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ+) identified students and their allies that specializes in strong community, leadership and identity development and education on issues pertaining to sexual and gender diversity at Cal Poly and in the San Luis Obispo community. This community features gender-inclusive apartments and programmatic offerings through the Pride Center.

Substance Free - Poly Canyon Village, Huasna
For those committed to a living environment of wellness and having a great time without tobacco, drugs, or alcohol. While the community is full, spaces may become available due to cancellations.

Floorplans and amenities

 cerro vista apartmentsCerro Vista Apartments

The apartment community closest to the core of campus, Cerro Vista houses nearly 800 residents in six connecting buildings.

poly canyon village apartmentsPoly Canyon Village

Nestled in the foothills of Poly Canyon, PCV houses over 2,500 residents in nine buildings and includes a central plaza with a market, café and post office.



To cancel your housing, go to University Housing in your Cal Poly Portal, then click on Housing Cancellations. The $500 initial payment is non-refundable. The last day to cancel campus housing, and avoid a further financial penalty, is Aug. 17, 2019. 

As of Jul. 31: The $500 initial payment will now be included in your total campus housing fees and be reflected in your payment amounts. The $500 initial payment is non-refundable and will be charged for cancellations prior to move in.

More info

Answers to Continuing Student Application & Room Selection FAQs 

Winter and Spring housing

Need to live on campus starting with the winter or spring quarter? Visit the Winter and Spring Housing webpage. If you are studying abroad or doing an internship for fall 2019, you do not need to apply for fall housing. Instead, apply for the quarter you require housing.

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