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Continuing Student Housing

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Updated Feb. 19, 2024

Continuing students live in Cerro Vista or Poly Canyon Village 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 CAFES, CAED and CENG students, Cal Poly Scholars, TRIO Achievers and student-athletes who will be starting their second-year in fall 2024.

You can view housing fees here. Fees for the 2024-25 academic year will be updated in early 2024. 

We anticipate a high demand for the remaining 400 spaces that will be available for non-required students. The initial interest list will be open for a limited timeframe — seven days. You can add your name starting 9 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 15 through 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 21. Spaces from this initial list are awarded by lottery, so your chances of securing housing aren't based on when you sign up.

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 outlined below for 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

wednesday, Jan. 10

 

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. 

 

Wednesday, 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. >>
  • Connect with the Disability Resource Center (DRC) for any necessary accommodations.
  • Let us know if you prefer to live a room that is Queer-affirming, which goes beyond “acceptance,” and is an environment where students who identify as Queer are fully welcomed in a supportive community. Housing expects that all residents will create an inclusive room for students regardless of identity. If you identify as Queer and want further support, the Pride Center can be reached here

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

Thursday- wednesday,
Feb. 15-21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 available spaces, the interest list will initially open for a limited timeframe — seven days. 
    The number of spaces depends on new student enrollment, the availability and occupancy level of facilities, the number of approved exemption requests, and cancelations among other factors.
  • Sign-ups open at 9 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 15 and close at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21.
  • 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.

thursday, Feb. 22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

monday, feb. 26 

Second Interest List opens at 9 a.m.

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

friday, 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.

Friday, March 15

Final Day to Edit Application Preferences

STEP 3: ROOM SELECTION - CHOOSE YOUR SPACE!

date

STEP

Thursday-friday, 

april 18-may 10 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Choose Your Space! 

Students that completed their housing application by March 15 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.

wednesday-tuesday, 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.

Room Selection

Individuals that did not complete their application by March 15 may now participate in room selection in the Housing Portal.

STEP 4: PREP FOR FALL

date

STEP

thursday,

Aug. 8

 

View Your Housing Fees

Fees post to your Student Account in MyCalPoly. 

Wednesday,

Aug. 21

 

 

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.

mid-AUGUST

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. 

SEPTEMBER

Mustang Move-in for continuing students

Cancellations

The Student Housing License Agreement is a binding legal contract for the Academic Year. A student is expected to honor the License Agreement for the duration of the agreement. It is the student’s responsibility to personally notify University Housing, in writing via the online Housing Cancellation form, if they plan to leave the University or vacate housing for an approved and verified reason. All cancellation information is located here

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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