Transfer & Graduate Student Housing

Updated: Nov. 5, 2021

Next year's Housing Options

The following dates and process are for the 2021-22 academic year. Information for the 2022-23 academic year will be posted in January. Please check back.  

If your first choice is to live on campus and you were not able to secure a space, you may add your name to our Campus Housing Interest List. You must accept your offer of admission before you can add your name to the Interest List. The Interest List will be available to you on your Housing Portal 1-2 days after you accept your offer.  

Since current first-year students and above are prioritized on the Interest List, it's recommended that new transfers on the Interest list seek housing in the community. You can view off-campus housing options on our Off-Campus Resource Page

Though it is not required, housing is available to transfer and graduate students in our fully furnished campus apartments. The Transfer and Graduate community is traditionally placed in campus apartments, based on the availability of rooms and your Residential Learning Community choice.  

The majority of our campus apartments feature private rooms in shared 4-person apartments. A limited number of shared rooms in 6-person apartments are also offered in Poly Canyon Village. Housing placements and room-types will be offered based on public health conditions. Please check back for updates.  

If you're interested in living off-campus, visit our Off-Campus Housing Resource page.


Steps to Secure Housing

1. Accept your offer of admission
Only students who accept their offer of admission will be able to apply for campus housing.

2. Apply for housing 
The 2020-21 Housing Application for new transfers opens on April 8. Apply in your Housing PortalOne to two business days after accepting your offer of admission, go to University Housing on the Cal Poly Portal to secure housing. The last day to edit your application is May 7, 2021. The application remains open until all spaces are filled.

On the housing application you will:

  • Agree to the contract.
  • Make your non-refundable $500 initial payment.
  • Select a dining plan. (Optional)
  • Request up to three roommates. (Optional)
  • Select preferred housing options — including a Residential Learning Community, gender-inclusive Pride housingGrad Guard Renters Insurance, and more.
  • Let us know if you're planning to stay for Winter Break (Dec. 11-Jan. 2). Winter Break is not included in your Housing Contract; an additional fee applies for Winter Break residents.
  • Let us know if you plan to contact the Disability Resource Center to request a housing accommodation due to a medical need. 

Housing Assignments
Assignments are based on the gender indicated on the CSU Mentor application. If you need to change that, contact University Housing directly. 

The last day to cancel your campus housing without incurring further financial penalty is Aug. 15 2021. To cancel your housing, go to University Housing in your Cal Poly Portal, then click on Housing Cancellations.

Planning Links

Cerro Vista Apartments | Poly Canyon Village Apartments
Transfer & Graduate Student Housing Fees

Residential Learning Communities

Learning communities in University Housing are a group of students who live together and engage in experiences focused around their field of study, career, identity, or personal interest. All students who live on-campus at Cal Poly are housed in a learning community.

Click here for more info about the residential learning communities offered to transfer students.

Mustang Move-in

For more info, see our Mustang Move-in Page.

Winter and Spring Housing

Learn more here about signing up for winter and spring housing. 

Summer Housing

Staying on campus to get ahead on classes during the summer? We offer summer housing! 

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