Cerro Vista Apartments

Cerro Vista Apartments


Perched at the base of the northeast hillside of campus, the Cerro Vista Apartment community overlooks Cal Poly, offering gorgeous views and easy access to nearby hiking trails. Each apartment provides direct outdoor access and has a full kitchen, living room common area, two suite-style bathrooms, and four private bedrooms. Apartment are separated by gender unless the student specifically requests gender-inclusive housing.

The Cerro Vista Apartments are made up of six adjoining residence buildings named after the hills which span from San Luis Obispo to Morro Bay:
• Morro
• Cabrillo
• Hollister
• Romauldo
• Islay
• Bishop

The community center includes a game room, study lounge, private study rooms, and a community kitchen.

Students wishing to stay on campus over winter break must request it during the application process and live in Cerro Vista Apartments during the fall quarter. For more on winter break housing, see Additional Housing Options.

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Address for Mail/Packages

To send mail to a student living in Cerro Vista Apartments, visit Cerro Vista Apartments: Mail & Package Services

Learning Community

Below are Sophomore, Transfer, and Continuing Student Success Program placements for the 2019-20 school year:

Continuing Student Success Program
A more general residential learning community, in the Success Program students of all majors can create a dynamic space that promotes academic success, social engagement and independent living. Defining academic goals, exposure to project opportunities and creating a map of coursework and their career beyond Cal Poly are focuses in these neighborhood communities.

PRIDE Community - Cerro Vista, Floors 3 and 4 of Hollister
A learning community for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ+) identified students and their allies that specializes in strong community, leadership and identity development and education on issues pertaining to sexual and gender diversity at Cal Poly and in the San Luis Obispo community. This community features gender-inclusive apartments and programmatic offerings through the Pride Center.

(FULL) Substance Free - Poly Canyon Village, Huasna
For those committed to a living environment of wellness and having a great time without tobacco, drugs, or alcohol. While the community is full, spaces may become available due to cancellations.


Coordinators for Student Development

Full-time university staff provide students with leadership and support.


Molly Fabricatore

Cerro Vista 






Kennedy Barkley, Jr.

Cerro Vista






Resident Advisors: Student peer leaders are trained in safety and supervision and are on-call.
Front Desk: Student staff serve resident needs, answer questions and check out equipment.
Open M-F: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., S-S: 11 a.m. - 12 a.m.

Floor Plans

Cerro Vista Room & Furniture Dimensions

4 Person - Single Bedroom Apartments: Each bedroom is single-occupancy and contains a desk and chair. Four bedroom apartments house four residents. 

• Flooring: carpet
• Closet: wardrobe
• Bed Size: 38” x 80" (twin extra long)
• Desks and chairs
• Dressers
• Waste/recycle/compost bins
• Window mini blinds

• Two per apartment
• One has a bathtub/shower combo
• Shower curtain
• Towel bars
• Shower bars
• Wastebasket
• Toilet paper provided

• Hard-surface linoleum
• Full size refrigerator
• Sink with garbage disposal
• Microwave
• Cabinets
• Oven with stovetop
• One flip-leaf dining room table and two chairs

Living Room/Common Area
• Hard-surface linoleum
• Two-person sofa
• Two lounge chairs
• Coffee table
• Two end tables
• Two floor lamps
• Storage closet: built-in


  • Secure keycard access
  • WiFi
  • Free laundry


  • Group and private study areas
  • Game equipment for checkout
  • Pool table
  • Foosball table
  • Table tennis
  • Piano
  • Purified water fill stations
  • Vending Area
  • Built-in outdoor grill
  • Bike racks



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