Transfer & Graduate Student Housing

Updated: April 20, 2017

The transfer housing application is available to students who accepted their offer of admission on the Cal Poly Portal, Housing tab.The Housing tab appear within 1-2 business days of accepting the offer. 

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 Cerro Vista 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 2017-18 housing application opens 9 a.m., Wednesday, March 22, 2017 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
  • Accommodations based on a documented/approved need. 

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, Wednesday, Aug. 16. Access 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

Mustang Move-in is set for the second week of September, dates to be determined. We have prepared specific steps to ensure a safe and convenient experience for all students and families. 

Check back for complete information about packing for college and preparing for move-in day.

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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