Transfer & Graduate Student Housing

Updated: Jan. 15, 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 application typically opens in late March. 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 $500 initial payment. (Fully refundable if you cancel your housing by Aug. 15, 2019.)
  • Select a dining plan. (Optional)
  • Request up to three roommates. (Optional)
  • Select preferred housing options such as Gender-Inclusive 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.

Transfer & graduate student housing assignments are viewable starting 12 p.m., Friday, July 26, 2019, by accessing the housing application on the Cal Poly Portal.

The last day to cancel your campus housing without financial penalty is Aug. 15, 2019.

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 Saturday, Sept. 14. Additional information will be posted in May. Please check back.

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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