Transfer & Graduate Student Housing
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. Housing is limited; please apply early.
Cerro Vista Apartments
The apartment community closest to the core of campus, Cerro Vista houses nearly 800 residents in six connecting buildings.
Apartments in Cerro Vista include a full kitchen, two shared bathrooms, and single bedrooms for four people.
Situated at the base of Poly Canyon, the Village is our largest apartment community with over 2,600 residents, a small market and a recreation center.
PCV features 4-person, 4-bedroom apartments; 5-bedroom, 5-person apartments; and 6-person, 4-bedroom apartments with two private and two shared rooms.
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 2020-21 Housing Application for new transfers opens on March 18 at 9 a.m. Apply in your Housing Portal. 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, 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)
- Request up to three roommates. (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 (Dec. 12-Jan.3). Winter Break is not included in your Housing Contract; an additional fee applies for Winter Break residents.
Assignments are based on the gender indicated on the CSU Mentor application. If you need to change that, contact University Housing directly.
The last day to cancel your campus housing without incurring further financial penalty is Aug. 13, 2020. To cancel your housing, go to University Housing in your Cal Poly Portal, then click on Housing Cancellations.
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.
For 2020-21, transfer and graduate students can request to live in:
- The Transfer Community
- The Substance Free Community
- The Pride Community
- Cultural and Identity Communities
- Asian-Pacific Islander Scholars
- Black Scholars
- Chicanx/Latinx Scholars
- Cross Cultural Scholars
- Native and Indigenous Scholars
- SWANA Scholars
Click here for more info about these communities.
Transfers move in on Sept. 12, 2020. You will book a move-in arrival time for your community after you have been assigned a room.
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.