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Transfer & Graduate Student Housing

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Updated: Feb. 18, 2022


Housing for transfer/grad students is located in fully furnished spaces in Cerro Vista Apartments, Poly Canyon Village and the North Mountain Halls. While transfer/grads are not required to live on campus, we offer a welcoming Residential Learning Community where students live and build community together.

Space in our transfer/grad communities is limited, so students interested in the campus living experience should apply early—on April 6. When spaces fill, we'll open an interest list and fill spaces from cancellations until the start of fall quarter.

If you're interested in living off-campus or do not happen to secure housing, visit our Off-Campus Housing Resource page for community options.

Steps to Secure Housing

The Housing application opens to newly admitted students on Wednesday, April 6. All steps to secure housing are completed through the Housing Portal on MyCalPoly. View fees here. 

STEP 1: ACCEPT YOUR CAL POLY OFFER OF ADMISSION

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Accept Your Offer
Only students who accept their offer can sign up for campus housing when the application opens on April 6.


It takes 1-2 business days after you accept your offer for the Housing application to populate on MyCalPoly. If you accept by April 1, you should be able to apply on April 6, when the application opens. 

 

Transfer/grad housing fills quickly—sometimes on the first day. If your first choice is to attend Cal Poly and live on campus, accept your offer with enough time to be ready to sign up on April 6.

STEP 2:  SIGN UP FOR HOUSING

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Sign Up for Housing 
New transfer/grad students sign up for next year's housing. 

In the housing application you will:

  • Agree to the housing contract. (Designate a cosigner if you are under the age of 18.)

  • Make your initial payment ($500 for housing.) A dining plan is required if you select into the North Mountain Halls as these do not have kitchens.

  • Select your top Residential Learning Community (RLC) preference. Choose from academic, social, identity, and interest-based communities. 

  • Let us know if you plan to request a disability-related accommodation from the Disability Resource Center (DRC).

  • Let us know if you plan to stay for Winter Break, Dec. 10 - Jan. 7.  Winter Break is not included in your housing contract so an additional fee applies if you choose to stay.

  • Request up to three roommates, for a maximum group size of four.

    If you are in a group of four and select into the North Mountain Halls, which are doubles, your group will split into two suites. 
  • Specify who you would prefer to share a room with:

    Peers who share the same gender.
    Peers who identify as any gender.
    Peers who identify as LGBTQIA regardless of gender identity.
    Peers who identify as LGBTQIA and are the same gender identity.
    Peers who identify as LGBTQIA and as trans or binary.

STEP 3: FINALIZE  YOUR LIVING PREFERENCES 

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Last day to edit your housing preferences

Edit preferences in your Housing application by returning to the Housing Portal on MyCalPoly.

  • You may edit your preferences, even if you have already submitted a completed application. 
  • Be sure to add any roommates you wish to request. You can add roommates once they have submitted a completed housing application. Make sure your living preferences match those of your roommate(s). 

STEP 4: CHOOSE YOUR ROOM!

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jUNE 18-jULY 12

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Choose Your Room! 

You will be emailed an appointment date and time to select your space. Appointments are determined by lottery and group size and may not be the same as others in your roommate group. 

  • Viewable spaces are based on your RLC preference, which you select in the housing application.

  • Since some communities fill quickly, preferences are not guaranteed. If your preferred community fills, you will see other available spaces.

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Change Rooms

Individuals can change rooms in the Housing Portal, based on availability. Students cannot change rooms for their whole roommate group or for other individuals.

 

STEP 5: PREP FOR FALL

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Aug. 10

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View Your Housing Fees

Fees post to your Student Account in MyCalPoly. 

Aug. 14

 

 

Last Day to Cancel Housing

Canceling with 30 days ensures you avoid fees ($10 per day) for lack of notice.

Aug. 21
(tentative)

Reserve Your Mustang Move-in Appointment

Sign up in your Housing Portal. 

SEPT. 17

 

Make your first housing payment

Pay in full for the academic year, or make your quarterly or monthly installment. 

Sept. 13-14
(Tentative)

Mustang Move-in

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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