Transfer & Graduate Student Housing

Updated: May 17, 2018

This year, the Transfer and Graduate community will live in Cerro Vista Apartments with other new transfer students and continuing students. Some transfer students may live in Poly Canyon Village, based on demand and availability of rooms.

Campus apartments include a full kitchen, two shared bathrooms, and single or double bedrooms.

NOTE! Transfer student housing is not required, and is offered based on demand and availability for campus housing among all student groups, including continuing students and new freshmen. 

Steps to Secure Housing

Transfer students:
The housing application opened Tuesday, March 27 to transfer students who have accepted their 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.

Graduate students:
Graduate students can apply once they have been admitted to their program of study.

Accept Your Offer of Admission
Only transfer students who "accept" their offer of admission will be able to apply for campus housing. Graduate students can apply after they have been admitted to their program of study.

One to two business days after accepting your offer of admission, go to University Housing single-click access on the Cal Poly Portal to apply for and secure housing. The last day to apply for housing or edit your application is May 15.

On the housing application you will:

  • Complete/verify your profile info.
  • Complete your Meningococcal response via these two steps: 1) Confirm that you have read the info provided about Meningococcal and 2) let us know if you have received/intend to receive the vaccine or do not intend to receive the vaccine.
  • Add accommodation information.
  • Agree to the contract
  • Make your $500 initial payment. (The transfer & graduate student initial payment is fully refundable if you cancel your housing by Aug. 15, 30 days prior to move-in.)
  • Request up to three roommates.
  • Select preferred housing options such as Gender-Inclusive housing, Grad Guard Renters Insurance, etc.

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 & graduate student housing assignments are viewable starting 12 p.m., Monday, Aug. 6, 2018 by accessing the housing application on the Cal Poly Portal. Students can submit a room change request online in mid-August and will be accommodated as space allows.

The last day to cancel your campus housing without financial penalty is Wednesday, Aug. 15.

Planning Links

Cerro Vista Apartments | Poly Canyon Village Apartments
Transfer & Graduate Student Housing Application Steps and Timeline (pdf)
Transfer & Graduate Student Housing Fees

Residential Learning Communities

All students who live on campus are a part of a Residential Learning Community. When you apply for housing, you will be automatically assigned to the Transfer Success Learning Community, a program built to give students opportunities to connect and grow with other transfer and graduate students.

Mustang Move-in

New student fall move-in is set for Friday & Saturday, Sept. 14-15.

Early Start Programs participants who are part of campus sanctioned programs that support fall opening qualify for early move-in.

Additional information will be posted in May. Please check back.

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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