Transfer & Graduate Student Housing

Updated: July 7, 2020

Academic Year 2020-21 Planning

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, most of the Transfer and Graduate community will live in Cerro Vista Apartments with other transfer students. Some transfer students may live in Poly Canyon Village, based on availability of rooms and your Residential Learning Community choice.

COVID-19 Updates

While we do not know what the public health status of our community or state will be in fall, University Housing is moving forward with the expectation that students will be arriving in September. Cal Poly submitted its housing plan to the CSU Chancellor's Office and must wait for approval, as well as guidelines from Gov. Newsom, before preparing for move-in or finalizing fall housing plans. 

As the situation evolves, we will communicate with students to help everyone make decisions with their health and safety top of mind.

For fall housing updates, including assignment, deferral and cancellation info., please check the  Housing COVID-19 website.>> 

Fall 2020 Housing Waitlist

The transfer housing application is closed, as all spaces are filled for Fall 2020. You can add your name to the waitlist in your Housing Portal, and you will be notified if/when a space becomes available. 

Students on the waitlist are not guaranteed housing. We strongly recommend that transfer and graduate students explore their off campus housing options. For more details, you can view our Off Campus Housing Page. 

Housing Application

If you are offered a spot from the waitlist, you will be invited to fill out a housing application.

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 
 Apply in your Housing PortalOne 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, 2020. 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)
  • Select preferred housing options — including a Residential Learning Community, gender-inclusive Pride housing, Grad Guard Renters Insurance, and more.
  • Let us know if you're planning to stay for Winter Break (Nov. 24-Jan.3). Winter Break is not included in your Housing Contract; an additional fee applies for Winter Break residents.

Housing Assignments
Assignments are based on the gender indicated on the CSU Mentor application. If you need to change that, contact University Housing directly. Assignments are expected to be released in mid-August. A note will be sent to residents when assignments are viewable in their portals.

Mustang Move-in

Cal Poly has adjusted the start of fall quarter to Sept. 14. As a result, our planned move-in dates will be moving to accommodate the new academic schedule. We also expect to lengthen Mustang Move-in over a number of days, welcoming students to campus in small groups by their assigned building to help maintain physical distancing. A full move-in schedule, including which buildings are moving in on what day/s, will be announced soon! Watch this space for more updates.

Given the evolving nature of COVID-19, we strongly advise that you keep your travel plans as flexible as possible — as dates may continue to change.

Planning Links

Cerro Vista Apartments | Poly Canyon Village Apartments
Transfer & Graduate Student Housing Fees
2020-21 Transfer Student Checklist

Winter and Spring Housing

Planning to move on campus in Winter or Spring quarter? You'll fill out a different application for housing — unless you deferred your fall housing, in which case your prior application will be used. Visit the Winter and Spring Housing webpage for more information.

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