Coming in 2018: yakʔityuityu Residential Community



In Recognition

of the first people of San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly proudly names its new residential community, yakʔityutyu. Dedicated in honor of Cal Poly’s relationship with the Chumash, this student housing complex features seven residential halls named after Northern Chumash Tribal sites throughout the Central Coast region. Together, the university and the Chumash community partnership will serve to educate future generations of Cal Poly students and local residents about the first people of San Luis Obispo.

Play video chumash pronunciationsLearn the traditional pronunciations of yakʔityutyu.



Building Names and Meanings:

Name Site  Meaning
Tribe Name | yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini     
Housing Complex Name | yakʔitʸutʸu    Community
Building | tsɨtkawayu Cambria Place of the horses
Building | elewexe Paso Robles Swordfish
Building | tšɨłkukunɨtš Carrizo Plain Place of the rabbits
Building | tiłhini San Luis Obispo
cultural capital
Place of the full moon
Building | tsɨtqawɨ Morro Bay Place of the dogs
Building | nipumuʔ Nipomo Place of the big house
Building | tsɨtpxatu Avila Place of the whales

New Residential Community for Freshmen Students

Opening in 2018, yakʔitʸutʸu will house 1,475 freshman students in seven residence halls. Residence halls vary in size from three to five stories. This complex is located at the Grand Avenue entrance to campus and across the street from the existing freshman residence halls.

Also under construction is a new three story dining facility, the Vista Grande Dining Complex. The planned completion date for both Student Housing South and Vista Grande is Fall 2018.

yakʔitʸutʸu will also bring:

  • A new campus welcome center
  • An adjacent four-level parking structure
  • Large open spaces for outdoor activities
  • A small café​
  • Community rooms
  • Laundry facilities
  • Game rooms
  • A mail room
  • Office and work spaces

Pedestrian Pathways

A sidewalk will be constructed along Slack Street, between Grand Avenue and the G-2 parking lot, along Longview Lane continuing toward campus. Also, a pathway through the complex will connect with Mustang Way in the heart of campus.


LEED Certification

This project will be guaranteed LEED certified.

Solar Energy

Construction plans include a 1.1 megawatt solar system to be installed on the rooftops of the residential buildings and parking structure.

Low-Impact Development Features

Storm-water management features such as bio swales, permeable paving and gabion
walls will be used throughout the project and displayed on signs.

Project Facts*

  • Site size: approximately 12 acres
  • Beds: 1,475
  • Residence rooms: 696
  • Total building area: 436,139 square feet
  • Parking stalls: 492
  • Bicycle spaces: 872
  • Total project Cost: $198M

*These amounts are estimates and may be subject to change.

Construction Impacts

Cal Poly works with construction crews to mitigate construction impacts on our community. If you have questions or concerns, we welcome your call.

Phone: 805-756-1226


Sidewalk closures and traffic delays often accompany large construction projects. Expect delays and traffic changes including sidewalks and bicycle routes on roads including, but not limited to, Grand Avenue, Slack Street and Deer Road. For your safety, please follow designated walking paths and heed construction work crew members.

Construction Times

Construction crews generally work from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Construction times may vary depending on schedule demands. If you have a concern about noise or other disruptions, please call 805-756-1226.

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