Transfer & Graduate Student Housing

Updated: Oct.30, 2017

2018-19 Housing Information

The transfer student housing application opens mid-March 2018. Learning Community information, fees and dates for the next academic year will be updated as  information is available.

Transfer students and graduate students live in campus apartments complete with a full kitchen, private bathrooms, and the option of private or shared bedrooms.

Learning Communities

All students who live on campus are a part of a Learning Community. When you apply for housing, you will be automatically assigned to a Learning Community. Each offer academic and social events that help students build relationships. Here are three communities transfer and graduate students are assigned to.

Transfer Success

A program built to give students opportunities to connect and grow with other transfer students. Located in Poly Canyon Village Apartments.

Continuing Success

Valuable campus partner connections help students boost their academic success. Located in Poly Canyon Village Apartments.


For students staying on campus over winter break. Located in Poly Canyon Village Apartments.

For a complete list of housing at Cal Poly, visit the Residence Halls and Apartments page.

Application Steps

Steps to Secure Housing

To secure your space for housing, complete the following steps on your Cal Poly Portal:

  1. Accept your offer of admission from Cal Poly.
    Only students who "accept" their offer of admission will be able to apply for campus housing.
  2. Apply online through the Housing tab.
    The 2018-19 housing application opens mid-March 2018 to students who have accepted the offer of admission. Once the housing application has opened, it is available one to two business days after a student accepts their offer of admission. 
  3. ​​Pay or indicate Financial Aid for the initial housing payment of $1,125.
    Students can pay the initial payment, or indicate on the housing application that it will be paid by financial aid, provided they expect to receive sufficient aid to cover tuition and housing fees. Payments are made on the Money Matters tab. Applications and payments are accepted as space allows.

For complete fees and payment information, view our Transfer & Graduate Student Housing Fees page.

For complete application information, view our Transfer and Graduate Student Housing Application Steps and Timeline (pdf).

The Online Application: What to Expect

The housing application allows you to indicate several preferences for your housing experience, including:

  • Winter break housing, if needed
    View Additional Housing Options for fees and details.
  • Gender-inclusive roommate(s)
  • A discounted room
    Applies to double suites
  • A specific roommate(s)
  • GradGuard Renters Insurance, an optional plan offered by the Cal State University system to protect your belongings 
    Students who indicate an interest in receiving information from GradGuard will receive correspondence from them prior to move-in.
  • Accommodations based on a documented/approved need
    The campus Disability Resource Center (DRC) determines accommodations. Contact the DRC immediately to complete their steps.

Housing Assignments
Assignments are based on the gender indicated on the CSU Mentor application. If you need to change that, contact University Housing directly. Preferences are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, based upon the date the student secured housing (by completing all of the steps above), demand, and availability.

Transfer and graduate student housing assignments are viewable starting at noon, Monday, Aug. 6, 2018Access the housing application on the Cal Poly Portal, Housing tab. Requests to change rooms are accepted starting the third week of the quarter.

Mustang Move-in

For all information regarding Fall 2017 move in, please visit the Mustang Move-In page. Fall 2018 move-in information will be posted in the spring. 

Winter and Spring Housing

Need to live on campus starting with the winter or spring quarter? Visit the Winter and Spring Housing webpage.

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