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Student Life

Life at cal poly

Learn by Doing applies to more than just academics. College is a time to embrace new ideas, make new friends and explore new interests, and our campus is the perfect place to do it. 

Make Yourself at Home

From residence halls to campus apartments to lofts in downtown San Luis Obispo, you’ll find more than just a place to live — you’ll become a part of an active and supportive learning community.

Housing and Dining

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find your place

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Get Active

Whether cheering on teams, participating in a club or intramural sport, getting fit in the rec center or taking advantage of the outdoors, you can play as hard as you work.

Athletics and Recreation

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Get Involved

You have passions outside of the classroom that fuel you and enhance your education. We have over 400 student clubs and organizations to help you indulge them.

Clubs & Organizations

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Get Creative

From a world-class Performing Arts Center to robust music and arts programs, you’ll discover a rich and vibrant arts community with plenty of ways to express your creativity. 

Arts and Culture

A Community of Belonging

You’ll find yourself in an environment that values respect, character, equity and inclusion at Cal Poly. Diverse identities and voices strengthen our learning community and help foster the empathy our world needs. No matter who you are, you have a place here. 

Diversity and Inclusion

A Healthy Environment

Your physical and mental health directly contribute to your success. We provide services, programs and support to help you enhance your overall wellbeing.

Health, Safety and Wellbeing

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Welcome to the SLO Life

San Luis Obispo — or SLO as we often call it — is the quintessential college town. And when it comes to all that the Central Coast has to offer, SLO is just the beginning.

Discover SLO 

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