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Cal Poly Lofts

Updated June 3, 2019

The 2019-20 application for the Cal Poly Lofts is closed. Please check back in January 2020.

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 and are engaged in Learn by Doing programs focused on fostering creativity and innovation. The selection process for the Cal Poly Lofts is highly competitive. Residents are chosen based on their interest in entrepreneurship and are expected to participate in Learn by Doing opportunities throughout the academic year. 

The Lofts was recently featured in a New York Times piece on SLO's growing tech scene. In 2017, it was recognized with the Mayor's Beautification Award by the SLO Downtown Association. 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
  • Kitchens 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








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Lofts Floor Plans

Pricing for the 2019-20 Academic Year
(Rates subject to approval)

  • 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, 2019 at 3 p.m. — Aug. 31, 2020 at 10 a.m. 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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