Transfer & Graduate Student Housing

Updated: Aug. 30, 2019

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

Apartments in Cerro Vista include a full kitchen, two shared bathrooms, and single bedrooms for four people. Housing is limited; please apply early.

 cerro vista apartmentsCerro Vista Apartments

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

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 housing application opened March 21, 2019. One 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, 2019. 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 such as gender-inclusive Pride housing, Grad Guard Renters Insurance, and more.

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

Living option preferences are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis — based upon the date the student secured housing, demand, and availability.

The last day to cancel your campus housing without incurring further financial penalty is 30-days prior to move-in. 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.

Culture & Identity Communities
Offered for incoming transfer students, Culture & Identity Communities provide opportunities — especially for underrepresented students on campus — to create cultural, social and academic connections. These communities also serve as safe spaces for students who identify within the Culture & Identity Community. We offer the following communities in the application:

  • Asian-Pacific Islander Scholars
  • Black Scholars 
  • Chicanx/Latinx Scholars
  • Cross Cultural Scholars
  • Native & Indigenous Scholars
  • SWANA (Southwest Asia and North Africa) Scholars

Communities will be formed based off of student interest. If there is not enough interest in a specific cultural and identity learning community, students will be offered a space in the Cross Cultural Scholars Community.

Pride Community
A learning community for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ+) identified students and their allies that specializes in strong community, leadership and identity development and education on issues pertaining to sexual and gender diversity at Cal Poly and in the San Luis Obispo community. This community features gender-inclusive apartments and programmatic offerings through the Pride Center.

Transfer Program
For students who are transferring to Cal Poly from another college, this program gives students opportunities to connect and grow with other transfer students. Students living in this area will receive resources on academic/career support, campus resources and involvement that are specific for the transfer student.

Mustang Move-in

The dates for 2020 Mustang Move-in have not been announced yet.

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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