First-year Student Housing
Updated: Jan. 16, 2019
Welcome to Cal Poly! We're excited for you to join our campus community. Because students who live on campus have greater academic success, Cal Poly requires all first-year students to live on campus. First-year students live in residence halls near the core of campus: Yosemite & Sierra Madre, South Mountain Halls, North Mountain Halls and yakʔitʸutʸu.
In your community, you have access to academic, social, wellness and awareness events. You will also have many opportunities to build friendships that will stay with you long after you graduate.
In specific situations, students can apply for a housing exemption.
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Residential Learning Communities
At Cal Poly, students apply to live in a Residential Learning Community— not a specific building. Residential Learning Communities house the academic, social, identity and interest-specific Living Learning Programs that connect and build community among first-year students.
Students indicate their top Residential Learning Community preferences in the application. To provide as many students as possible with the community of their choice, University Housing moves the location of programs from year to year.
View the list of Residential Learning Communities here.
Steps to Secure Housing
1. Accept your offer of admission
Only students who accept their offer will be able to apply for campus housing.
2. Apply for housing
After the application opens and one to two business days after accepting your offer of admission, go to University Housing on the Cal Poly Portal to secure housing. The last day to apply for housing or edit your application is May 7, 2019.
On the housing application you will:
- Agree to the housing contract. (Designate a cosigner if you are under the age of 18.)
- Make your initial payment ($500 for housing + $1,000 for dining).
- Select your top Residential Learning Community preference.
- Add accommodation information.
- Request up to two roommates.
- Select your preferred housing options — such as Gender-Inclusive Housing, a Dining Plan, Grad Guard Renters Insurance and more.
3. Select your room
Students select their own rooms on a first-come, first-served basis — based on the date you secured housing. In late May, students who have secured housing will be emailed their room selection appointment. You can select a room from the start of your appointment until the selection period closes.
- Rooms available to you are based on your Residential Learning Community preferences, demand, and availability.
- Some communities and room-types fill up quickly. We cannot guarantee that your top Residential Learning Community or your preferred room type will be available to you when you to select a room.
A few more tips:
- Residential Learning Communities are important! You're going to spend a lot of time with the people in your community. In your application, pick the community that you think will be the best fit for you.
- You have the option of listing up to two roommates. Only one person in your roommate group should request roommates. All other members of the group must accept the roommate request for it to be valid.
- Our residence halls feature a mix of double, triple and quad rooms. Review what room-types are offered in each community. That info will be helpful during room selection. But keep in mind: room-types are not guaranteed.
The last day to cancel campus housing without financial penalty is Aug. 15, 2019. To cancel housing prior to move-in, complete our online Housing & Dining Cancellation Form.
Note: First-year students live in residence halls. Should the incoming first-year class exceed the number of spaces in the residence halls, first-years may also live in Cerro Vista Apartments. Residence hall occupancy and room configurations are subject to change.
First-year Housing Application Steps and Timeline
First-year Student Housing Fees
Students move in Saturday, Sept. 14. Additional information will be posted in May. Please check back.
Winter and Spring Housing
Not planning on moving to Cal Poly until Winter or Spring quarter? You'll fill out a different application for housing. Visit the Winter and Spring Housing webpage to learn more.