Poly Canyon Village FAQ's
- Who is eligible to live in the apartments?
- Can upperclassmen live in Poly Canyon Village Apartments?
Computer Network Access at Poly Canyon Village
- What about computer connectivity in the apartments?
- What about wireless computer connectivity throughout the complex?
General Housing Questions
- Why should I live on-campus instead of off-campus?
- Will I be able to stay in my apartment during winter break?
- What about laundry facilities?
- Where can I eat on campus?
- How much does it cost to live in the apartments?
- What is the length of the contract/license agreement?
- How and when can I see a Poly Canyon Village apartment?
- How big is each apartment and bedroom?
- Do the apartment doors open into a corridor?
- What is the lock system for my apartment?
- How many bathrooms are in each apartment?
- Will appliances be provided?
- What kind of window treatment will the apartments have?
- Can I bring my own furniture?
- If I am 21 years old, can I have alcohol in my room?
- Is smoking permitted?
- Is there live-in staff?
- What types of measures are taken to protect my safety?
- What if I have an emergency?
- What if I have a medical emergency?
- Where is the closest Police Department?
- Where do I go in the event of a campus wide emergency?
- Does Cal Poly have plans in the case of a major emergency?
- Fire Safety Guidelines and Policies
- Will there be a phone provided in the apartment?
- What is the cell phone coverage in Poly Canyon Village?
Current freshmen students have first priority to live in the apartments. Freshmen and Continuing students live at Poly Canyon Village.
Current upperclass students (sophomore & higher) wanting to live in on-campus housing will be given the opportunity to apply for on-campus housing after the current on-campus freshmen priority signup period.
Each bedroom has direct, high-speed internet access for each student (Ethernet) to the Cal Poly Computer Network and the Internet at no additional charge. There is also one port located in the common living area. To protect the on-campus computing network, residents will be required to login and go through a mandatory ResNet pre-check procedure before gaining web access. For more detailed information please go to the ResNet Homepage.
What about wireless computer connectivity throughout the complex?
Wireless internet access (pdf) is available in many areas including the exterior courtyards, the interior of Aliso, Knowledge Center, Community Center, the pool area, and throughout the plaza.
- High-speed internet access in each room
- Cable TV
- One analog phone provided per apartment which is installed in the common living area. Phone jacks are provided in each bedroom.
- Close to the Library
Easy access to various recreation facilities including:
- 95,000 square-foot Recreation Center
- Swimming Pool
- Convenient to classes and computer labs
- Live and study with others in your field
- Great learning environment
- Convenient in-hall laundry facilities
- Reserved parking lots for Poly Canyon Village students
- Trained, professional residential life staff
- Organized social activities
- Interaction with faculty
- Hall Council participation
- Housekeeping services
- Community support opportunities
- Meal choices at several locations
Will I be able to stay in my apartment during winter break?
Students requiring Winter Break housing need to be assigned to the Cerro Vista apartments for the Fall quarter and will be charged for the Winter Break housing fees.
Electronic "debit card" operated washers and dryers are located throughout the University Housing facilities. Each resident will be issued a laundry “WASH” card during check-in. Dollar value may be added to the “WASH” card at the "Add Value" stations located in the first floor lobby of each South Mountain Hall, in the main lounge of Sierra Madre and Yosemite Halls and the laundry rooms in the Poly Canyon Village Apartments. Please note: Beginning Fall 2013, the laundry machines in the Cerro Vista Apartments will use your personal credit/debit card (and not the issued “WASH” debit card).
Ironing boards are available in each laundry room. Students need to bring their own iron.
Additional Laundry information
In addition to the laundry rooms provided in all on-campus residence halls and apartments, University Housing has partnered with the vendor "University Laundry" to provide an optional 'garment care program' for students. Please visit University Laundry for additional information on their bundled and dry-cleaning services.
Where can I eat on campus?
Students living in Poly Canyon Village are not required to purchase a meal plan. However, there are over twenty on-campus restaurants and food venues available to all Cal Poly students with at least one food operation open every day. There is a wide variety of fare that is vegetarian, non-dairy, wheat/gluten-free, low-fat, and more to accommodate various food preferences and allergies. Fresh foods are brought in from local and regional producers to develop healthy and delicious menu items. Restaurants located in the Poly Canyon Village Plaza include "Jamba Juice", "Einstein Bros. Bagels" and "Tacos To Go" as well as the "Village Market." For more information on optional meal plans on the Campus Express card visit Campus Dining.
Parking is available for Poly Canyon Village residents with the purchase of an R3 parking permit, in the Residential Parking Structure Lots #271 and #371 which are adjacent to the apartment complex. Visit Parking Services for details/cost.
Poly Canyon Village has more than 1,450 bike parking spaces located adjacent to the buildings throughout the complex. Nearly 800 of these bike rack spaces are covered and lighted. View Bike Parking Location Map.
See Housing Fees for cost and payment due dates. (Cost for the 2012-2013 Academic Year equates to approximately $793.00 per month for a private bedroom and $635.00 per month for a shared bedroom)) *Prices subject to change and Executive Order approval.
Apartment fees include: All Utilities
High Speed Internet
Weekly Light Housekeeping in Common Areas
Use of Swimming Pool and Community Center
The "Poly Canyon Village Apartment Student Housing License Agreement" is an academic year contract (September through June). If a student moves into their apartment mid-year, his/her contract will expire at the end of Spring Quarter. Please see the "Poly Canyon Village Terms & Conditions" for cancellation standards.
Yes, applicants can request roommates but the requests must be mutual and of the same sex. During the assignment selection process, students are able to assign themselves and roommates (based on availability).
Tours of the Poly Canyon Village community buildings and apartments are available during Cal Poly's Open House and Spring Break Weeks. Tours are also available in January of each year for freshmen residents applying for next year's lottery process. You can also view our Gallery of images.
The apartments are approximately 936 - 1175 square feet featuring 4 floorplans. Private bedrooms are 103 - 112 square feet; shared bedrooms are 165 square feet. Private bedrooms have one window, and shared bedrooms have 2 windows.
All apartment front doors open into a common interior corridor.
Entry into each apartment is with an individual resident access card with unique pin numbers. Each bedroom has a separate hard key lock.
There are two bathrooms per apartment each having a full tub/shower unit. ADA apartments have a tub/shower unit in one bathroom and a wheelchair roll-in ADA compliant shower in the second bathroom.
Each apartment has an electric oven/ range, refrigerator-freezer, and a microwave oven.
Common living areas have drapes. Bedrooms have mini blinds.
Students may bring some additional furnishings, however, keep in mind, the original furnishings must remain in the apartment. Students may bring free-standing storage units, or bookcases, but because of safety concerns, they cannot exceed 48" in height. Due to space constraints in the apartments, students should not bring additional personal furniture such as couches/sofas. See Move in Information for Poly Canyon Village for more details.
Students can bring any of the above or decide among roommates who will bring which of the items to share. Please note that large stereo speakers are not allowed in the apartments. In each living room, there is a wall mounted bracket for a small flat screen TV with a cable TV outlet that can hold up to 75 lbs. Each bedroom also has a cable TV outlet.
Poly Canyon Village is designed to house Sophomore students. If a student is under 21 years old, no alcohol is allowed, all State Laws apply. Being under the influence of alcohol is not allowed. Containers that originally contained alcohol are not allowed. For more detailed information, please refer to the Poly Canyon Village Apartment Handbook.
Is smoking allowed in the Poly Canyon Village Apartments?
Governor's Order EO599 prohibits smoking in any university building. Smoking is also prohibited within 20 feet of a building. This policy applies to all residents, guests, and visitors.
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Yes, the Apartments are staffed with live-in professional staff members (Coordinators of Student Development) and student Resident/Community Advisors.
Safety of our residents is our highest priority. Cal Poly's residence halls and apartments are locked 24/7. Access into each hall and apartment is by residents using their keys.
Resident and Community Advisors are available to students, conduct rounds three to four times a night and make sure exterior doors are secured.
A Coordinator of Student Development is assigned to each hall, is a full-time, live-in professional who is able to respond to emergencies if they occur, and alert the community if anything suspicious occurs.
A University Police Officer works cooperatively with residence hall staff to provide residents with safety information, community response, and ongoing resources for public safety awareness.
Courtesy phones are placed outside Sierra Madre, Yosemite, and each South Mountain Hall. These allow residents to call friends within a hall or contact Pubic Safety Services in case of emergency. We call upon our residents to participate in a partnership with the University Housing Department in creating a safer community. More resident safety information from University Housing.
Also read the Personal Safety message.
Dial 9-1-1 in any emergency:
- Dialing 9-1-1 on any campus phone connects you directly to University Police.
- Dialing 9-1-1 on a cell phone connects you to the California Highway Patrol who will then transfer the call to a University Police Dispatcher.
- "Blue Light" emergency phones, located throughout campus, also connect to University Police via the 9-1-1 system.
- Map of "Blue Light" emergency phone locations (pdf).
University Police Dispatchers are certified in the use of the Emergency Medical Dispatch Protocol , certified in the use of First Aid and CPR , and certified in the use of Automatic External Defibrillators. Emergency Medical Technicians and/or Paramedics will also respond to care for the patient as well.
The University Police Department is located on campus. It is a full service police agency, which is certified by the California Department of Justice and includes officers and staff with a broad range of both sworn and civilian responsibilities. University Police provides emergency response, investigative services, crime prevention services, uniformed police patrol as well as a 9-1-1 communications center which provides Emergency Medical Dispatch. Officers are empowered to enforce the regulations of the university, the laws of the local community and the laws of the state and federal government. You can visit their website at http://afd.calpoly.edu/police/.
Outdoor assembly areas, emergency blue phones, wheelchair evacuation chairs and car-less pickup areas have been set up around campus. See Emergency Maps for details.
In the event of a major emergency, one in which the campus cannot operate normally, the Emergency Management Plan will be activated and emergency activities will be coordinated from the Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
For information, please refer to the Poly Canyon Village Apartment Handbook.
Summer housing for continuing students is held in the Cerro Vista Apartments. Current students will need to apply online for summer housing and will be assigned to a summer apartment in the Cerro Vista Apartments.
Yes, there is one analog phone provided per apartment which is installed in the common living area. Phone jacks are provided in each bedroom sharing the main apartment phone number. Residents may bring a phone for their own rooms. Voice mail is not part of the phone service, so apartment mates may want to decide among themselves who will bring an answering machine.
Each apartmnent at Poly Canyon Village is provided with a traditional hard-wired phone and phone number. Local calls are included in your housing fees and residents may make long distance calls through the use of a pre-paid calling card. These apartment phones are provided as an additional means of communication for our residents.
Poly Canyon Village is located in a canyon setting and cell phone coverage and reception for some cellular service providers may be limited. University Housing is committed to work with cell providers in improving cell reception in and around on-campus housing areas. The quality of cell service is not limited to just on-campus, but also within the surrounding communities. It is our understanding that Verizon has installed additional towers/repeaters to better the service on campus. Comments we have received from students indicate their satisfaction with Verizon as a cell service provider. To view the coverage currently available by the various cell providers, please visit their website for coverage maps (using their search engine). Students are encouraged to contact their cell provider regarding cell phone coverage in and around campus. Please remember, your selection of a cell phone carrier is a consumer choice.