Freshman Student Housing

Updated: Jan. 10, 2018

Freshman Student Live-on Requirement

Because students who live on campus have greater success in college, Cal Poly requires all freshman students to live on campus. Freshmen live in university residence halls. Residents have access to academic, social, wellness and awareness events, enjoy opportunities to build life-long friendships and typically achieve better grades than those who live off campus. 

In specific situations, students can apply for an exemption (pdf).

Steps to Secure Housing

The housing application opens mid-March to students who have accepted their offer of admission. Once the housing application has opened, it is available one to two business days after a student accepts their offer of admission.

Accept Your Offer of Admission
Only students who "accept" their offer of admission will be able to apply for campus housing.

One to two business days after accepting your offer of admission, go to University Housing single-click access on the Cal Poly Portal to apply for and secure housing. The housing application opens mid-March.

On the housing application you will:

  • Select your top five Residential Learning Community preferences.
  • Complete/verify your profile info.
  • Complete your Meningococcal plan.
  • Add accommodation information.
  • Agree to the contract and designate a cosigner to complete this step if you are under the age of 18.
  • Have the option to request a discounted room (triple in most residence halls or quad in ytt, the new housing community).  
  • Make your $500 initial payment. (The freshman initial payment is fully refundable if you cancel your housing by Aug.8, 30 days prior to move-in)
  • Request up to two roommates.
  • Select preferred housing options such as Gender-Inclusive housing, Grad Guard Renters Insurance, etc.

Housing Assignments
Assignments are based on the gender indicated on the CSU Mentor application. If you need to change that, contact University Housing directly. 

Preferences are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, based upon the date the student secured housing (by completing all of the steps above), demand, and availability.

Freshman housing assignments are viewable starting 9 a.m., Monday, Aug. 6, 2018. By accessing the housing application on the Cal Poly Portal. Students will be able to submit a room change request online in mid-August and will be accommodated as space allows. 

With the opening of ytt, it is our intention that all freshmen will be living in residence halls and apartments will be for upperclassmen.

Should the incoming freshmen class exceed the number of bedspaces in the residence halls, freshmen may be assigned into Cerro Vista Apartments.

Planning Links

Residence Halls and Apartments (TBD)
Should the incoming freshmen class exceed the number of bed spaces in the residence halls, freshmen may be assigned into the Cerro Vista Apartments.

Freshman Housing Application Steps and Timeline (pdf)
Freshman Student Housing Fees

Residential Learning Communities

At Cal Poly, students apply to live in a Residential Learning Community and not a specific building.

Residential Learning Communities house the academic, social and interest-specific Living Learning Programs that connect and build community among first-year students. 

tudents indicate their top five Learning Community Program preferences for consideration during housing assignments. To provide as many students as possible with the community of their choice, University Housing may move the location of programs from year to year.

View the list of Learning Community Programs here. 

In 2017, 89% of students were assigned to one of their top five Residential Learning Community preferences.  

Mustang Move-in

Fall 2018 move-in information will be posted next spring. 

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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