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Housing and Dining

LiFE on Campus

Living on campus gives you a greater connection to the campus community as well as easier access to academic and health resources, recreational activities, dining, student clubs and organizations, friends, and entertainment. Because this all leads to your greater success, Cal Poly requires all first-year students to live on campus and encourages continuing students to do so as well.

University Housing

Residence Hall - Yoga

On-Campus Housing

We offer many types of housing, including residence halls and apartments in various residential Learning Communities across campus. When our students apply for housing, they indicate their top Learning Community preferences, and the majority are placed in their first preference.

Students sitting in front of dorms

First-Year Student Housing

First-year students live in residence halls near the core of campus:

Poly Canyon Village

Continuing Student Housing

Continuing students can choose from three different Cal Poly apartment communities.

Exterior of cerro vista apartments

Transfer and Graduate Housing

Transfer and Graduate students can choose from two different on-campus communities.

Living Near Campus

Although we encourage students to live on campus as long as possible, many students choose to live off campus after the first or second year. Living off campus can present a new set of challenges for students and we have some resources that can help.

Off-Campus Housing Resources

Students walking/riding to Cal Poly from off campus

Food resources

The Hunger Program ensures all students have access to nutritious meals using resources such as meal vouchers, food pantry access and referrals to outside agencies. Any student is welcome to use these confidential services for free and without hassle. 

Learn more about the hunger program

Cal Poly Hunger Program provides access to meal vouchers, food pantry access and referrals to outside agencies.