Opening in Fall 2018, yakʔitʸutʸu will house 1,475 first-year students in seven residence halls when completed. This new complex is located at the Grand Avenue entrance to campus and is right across the street from the Yosemite and Sierra Madre Residence Halls. Pedestrian pathways make yakʔitʸutʸu just a few minutes’ walk or bike ride to the campus core.
yakʔitʸutʸu was proudly named honor of and in partnership with the Northern Chumash, the Indigenous Peoples of San Luis Obispo County. Each residential hall is named after yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini Northern Chumash tribal locations throughout the Central Coast region.

The seven halls are:
Name Site  Meaning
tsɨtkawayu Cambria Place of the horses
elewexe Paso Robles Named for swordfish
tšɨłkukunɨtš Carrizo Plain Place of the rabbits
tiłhini San Luis Obispo
cultural capital
Place of the full moon
tsɨtqawɨ Morro Bay Place of the dogs
nipumuʔ Nipomo Place of the big house
tsɨtpxatu Avila Beach Place of the whales

The yakʔitʸutʸu residential community will also include a new Welcome Center, an adjacent parking structure, large open spaces for outdoor activities, an amphitheater, a café, community rooms, and ample bike parking.

Multiple Residential Learning Communities will be housed in yakʔitʸutʸu's seven residence halls, which vary in size from three to five stories and provide double- and quad- occupancy. Each floor shares one to two common all-gender bathroom/s, depending on the size of the building.


sierra madre and yosemite map

sierra madre and yosemite photos







Address for Mail/Packages

Information about sending mail to students living in yakʔitʸutʸu will be available in summer 2018. Updated information will be available at Mail & Package Services.

Learning Community

Below are the Living Learning Community placements for the 2018-19 school year:

tsɨtkawayu: Pre-Med, College of Science and Math
elewexe: ACE, College of Science and Math
tiłhini: Mindful Living
tšɨłkukunɨtš: Mindful Living
nipumuʔ: Mindful Living, Honors, 24/7 Quiet
tsɨtqawɨ: Substance Free
tsɨtpxatu: ACE


Coordinators for Student Development

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

Anthony Luis, CSD of yakʔitʸutʸu

Anthony Luis






Serafin Aguilar, Jr., CSD of yakʔitʸutʸu

Serafin Aguilar, Jr.






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.


Quad and double rooms are available in yakʔitʸutʸu and floorplans vary between buildings. 
  • Flooring: Carpet
  • Closet: Standalone Wardrobe
  • Compact refrigerator
  • Bed Size: 38” x 80" (twin extra long) 
  • One desk with drawers and chair for each resident
  • Small dresser 
  • Waste/recycle
  • Window coverings
  • All-gender community bathrooms



  • WiFi
  • Community kitchen
  • Kitchen and game equipment for checkout
  • Daily cleaning service of bathrooms and common areas on weekdays
  • Free laundry
  • Serenity rooms
  • Purified water fill stations


  • Built-in outdoor grill
  • Bike racks
  • Vending machines
  • Access to microwaves in every building
  • Outdoor ping pong and cornhole games



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