Transfer & Graduate Student Housing

Updated: May 6, 2020

Welcome to Cal Poly! We're excited for you to join our campus community. Though it is not required, housing is available to transfer and graduate students in our fully furnished campus apartments. This year, most of the Transfer and Graduate community will live in Cerro Vista Apartments with other transfer students. Some transfer students may live in Poly Canyon Village, based on availability of rooms and your Residential Learning Community choice. Housing is limited; please apply early.

UPDATE: The transfer housing application is closed, as all spaces are filled for Fall 2020. You can add your name to the waitlist in your Housing Portal.

 cerro vista apartmentsCerro Vista Apartments

The apartment community closest to the core of campus, Cerro Vista houses nearly 800 residents in six connecting buildings. 

Apartments in Cerro Vista include a full kitchen, two shared bathrooms, and single bedrooms for four people.

poly canyon village apartments

Poly Canyon Village Apartments

Situated at the base of Poly Canyon, the Village is our largest apartment community with over 2,600 residents, a small market and a recreation center.

PCV features 4-person, 4-bedroom apartments; 5-bedroom, 5-person apartments; and 6-person, 4-bedroom apartments with two private and two shared rooms. 








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 March 18 at 9 a.m. 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, 2020. The application remains open until all spaces are filled.

On the housing application you will:

  • Agree to the contract.
  • Add accommodation information.
  • 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 housing, Grad Guard Renters Insurance, and more.
  • Let us know if you're planning to stay for Winter Break (Dec. 12-Jan.3). Winter Break is not included in your Housing Contract; an additional fee applies for Winter Break residents.

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. 13, 2020. 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
2020-21 Transfer Student Checklist

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.

For 2020-21, transfer and graduate students can request to live in:

  • The Transfer Community
  • The Substance Free Community
  • The Pride Community
  • Cultural and Identity Communities
    • Asian-Pacific Islander Scholars 
    • Black Scholars 
    • Chicanx/Latinx Scholars
    • Cross Cultural Scholars 
    • Native and Indigenous Scholars
    • SWANA Scholars

Click here for more info about these communities.

Mustang Move-in

Transfers move in on Sept. 12, 2020. You will book a move-in arrival time for your community after you have been assigned a room.

Winter and Spring Housing

Planning to move on campus in Winter or Spring quarter? You will need to fill out a different application. Visit the Winter and Spring Housing webpage for more information.

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