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Cal Poly Lofts

Updated Nov. 13, 2019

The 2020-21 application for the Cal Poly Lofts is open. Apply by Jan. 21, 2020.
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Located in the heart of beautiful downtown San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly Lofts is a residential community for sophomore, junior and senior-level Cal Poly students who have an entrepreneurial perspective or are engaged in Learn by Doing programs focused on fostering creativity and innovation. 

The Cal Poly Lofts houses 35 students. Residents are chosen based on their interest in entrepreneurship, business or leadership. As a member of the community, they are required to participate in Learn by Doing or career-building opportunities throughout the academic year. 


Tours of the Cal Poly Lofts are planned on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. Sign up here for the tour, which includes transportation from Cal Poly to downtown SLO, an opportunity to explore Farmer's Market and dinner on us.

You can also get an inside look at the Lofts in this short video, featured in the Cal Poly Magazine. Read the full story here.

Features & Amenities

Cal Poly Lofts is located in the historic Blackstone-Sauer building on Monterey and Chorro Streets, across from the Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. Biking distance to the university and steps away from downtown retail, dining and entertainment, Cal Poly Lofts is in an ideal location.

All three levels of the local landmark were renovated and redesigned to include unique floor plans and space for a central courtyard for 35 students. Most apartments feature exposed brick walls, large windows, and generous views of the city.

  • Fully furnished studio, one and two-bedroom apartments
  • Hardwood and ceramic tile flooring
  • A private outdoor courtyard
  • Kitchenettes including a refrigerator, stovetop & microwave
  • Community laundry area - free to wash and dry

Map & Floorplans

  • All utilities included 
  • Cable & WiFi included
  • Exterior bike racks
  • Air conditioner and heating units controlled independently
  • First-floor retail spaces








Cal Poly Lofts Map Location

Lofts Floor Plans

Rates for the 2020-21 academic year will be will announced soon.

Rates for the 2019-20 Academic Year

  • 1 person
  • $500 initial payment
  • $1,085.75 monthly
  • 207-352 sq.ft.
  • 1 person
  • $500 initial payment
  • $1,336 monthly
  • 248-417 sq.ft.
  • 2 people
  • $500 initial payment per person
  • $1,211 per person
  • 359-483 sq.ft.

 All fees are proposed and subject to Executive Order & Board of Trustees Approval. 

Prices vary based on apartment size and location. Lease agreements are for 12 months, starting Sept. 1, 2020  — Aug. 31, 2021. Need-based scholarships are available through Cal Poly Financial Aid.

The Michael Köehn Make a Difference Scholarship was established in memory of Michael who passed away in 1998. While attending Cal Poly, Michael was a business major who wished to apply his skills in a non-traditional way. The scholarship supports students who have demonstrated an interest in using business skills in non-traditional, non-corporate settings, such as the arts, environmental, or social justice organizations to help create positive change. For more information on this and other scholarships, visit Cal Poly Financial Aid or review the Scholarship information on your Cal Poly Portal.


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