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 three to four bedrooms. Bedrooms provide single- and double-occupancy accommodations. 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 2018-19 school year:

Morro: iCommunity 2.0 
Cabrillo: iCommunity 2.0
Hollister: Continuing Student Success
Romauldo: Continuing Student Success
Bishop: Transfer Community
Islay: Transfer Community, Culture & Identity


Coordinators for Student Development

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

Shonna Davis, CSD of Cerro Vista Apartments

Shonna Davis

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Kennedy Barkley, Jr., CSD of Cerro Vista Apartments

Kennedy Barkley, Jr.

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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
  • HBO GO and MAX GO: unlimited access to movies, sports and episodes on HBO and Cinemax
  • Philo Edu: watch tv live, or record from 200+ channels nationwide
  • Weekly cleaning service of bathrooms, kitchen and common areas on weekdays
  • 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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