Cerro Vista Apartments

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Perched at the base of the northeast hillside of campus, the Cerro Vista Apartment community overlooks Cal Poly, offering gorgeous views and easy access to nearby hiking trails. Each apartment provides direct outdoor access and has a full kitchen, living room common area, two suite-style bathrooms, and four private bedrooms. Apartment are separated by gender unless the student specifically requests Queer-affirming housing.

The Cerro Vista Apartments are made up of six adjoining residence buildings named after the hills which span from San Luis Obispo to Morro Bay:
• Morro
• Cabrillo
• Hollister
• Romauldo
• Islay
• Bishop

The community center includes a game room, study lounge, private study rooms, and a community kitchen.

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Check-in, Cancellations and Check-out

Check-in: Whether you are checking in with us at the start of the year or mid-year, you will receive a pre-arrival email with all of your check-in instructions. In the summer, we update our Mustang Move-in website with extensive move-in information including packing lists, maps and instructions. 

Room Condition Inventory: Within 72 hours of moving in, complete the Room Condition Inventory on your portal. It is important to do this so you are not charged for damage that wasn’t your fault when you check-out at the end of the year. Here’s how:

  • Log-in to your portal
  • Click on the University Housing tab
  • Click on the Room Condition tab
  • You will see a list of areas to review (your personal room, and any shared spaces in your apartment.) Click review for each area. Note: common areas will be viewable to all roommates but only needs to be completed by one.
  • Check each item in the list. If you agree with the condition, click agree.
  • If you do not agree with the condition, click more information, add a brief note about the problem (ex: the microwave isn’t working), and do not click accept.
  • When you have completed the review of all items, click save review at the bottom.
  • Continue your review until you have completed all the items on the list.

Cancellation Requests: The Student Housing License Agreement is a binding legal contract for the Academic Year. A student is expected to honor the License Agreement for the duration of the agreement. It is the student’s responsibility to personally notify University Housing, in writing via the online Housing Cancellation form, if they plan to leave the University or vacate housing for an approved and verified reason. All cancellation information is located here

Mid-year Check-out: When you are prepared to check-out, do all of these steps or you will be charged with an improper check-out:

  1. Prep your room and move-out: clean, remove trash, put furniture back. Original furniture locations are in floor plans tab below.
  2. Complete express check-out in your portal and include photo(s) of your clean room
  3. Turn in your keys/access card to the express checkout box you indicated in the express checkout form. Make sure to write your info on the envelope provided.

End of year Check-out:

  1. Prep your room and move-out: clean, remove trash, put furniture back. Original furniture locations are in floor plans tab below.
  2. Complete Room Condition Form in Portal (instructions above)
  3. Complete express check-out in your portal and include photo(s) of your clean room
  4. Turn in your keys/access card to the express checkout box you indicated in the express checkout form. Make sure to write your info on the envelope provided.

Learning Community

Residential Learning Community locations for the 2023-24 year have been posted. 



CSD (Coordinator of Student Development): Professional staff that live in the halls and supervise the RAs.
Resident Advisor (RA): Student peer leaders trained in safety and supervision and are on-call.
Front Desk: Student staff serve resident needs, answer questions and check out equipment. Your front desk is located in the Cerro Vista Community Center. 
The front desk is open 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. on weekends. Housing Admin (Bldg. 31) is open weekdays, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Floor Plans & Furnishings

Cerro Vista Room & Furniture Dimensions

4 Person - Single Bedroom Apartments: Each bedroom is single-occupancy and contains a desk and chair. Four bedroom apartments house four residents. 

• Flooring: carpet
• Closet: wardrobe
• Bed Size: 38” x 80" (twin extra long)
• Desks and chairs
• Dressers
• Waste/recycle/compost bins
• Window mini blinds

• Two per apartment
• One has a bathtub/shower combo
• Shower curtain
• Towel bars
• Shower bars
• Wastebasket
• Toilet paper provided

• Hard-surface linoleum
• Full size refrigerator
• Sink with garbage disposal
• Microwave
• Cabinets
• Oven with stovetop
• One flip-leaf dining room table and two chairs

Living Room/Common Area
• Hard-surface linoleum
• Two-person sofa
• Two lounge chairs
• Coffee table
• Two end tables
• Two floor lamps
• Storage closet: built-in


  • Secure keycard access
  • WiFi
  • Free laundry


  • Group and private study areas
  • Game equipment for checkout
  • Pool table
  • Foosball table
  • Table tennis
  • Piano
  • Purified water fill stations
  • Vending Area
  • Built-in outdoor grill
  • Bike racks



Internet, Streaming TV and Phones

WiFi is available through all interior residential spaces, including Community Centers and in rooms.

WiFi Options: Use Eduroam for general use with phones, laptops, mobile devices. Use CP-IoT for gaming consoles, SmartTVs, media devices, speakers.

Wired: Every room is equipped with wired Ethernet ports either on the wall or on an Aruba Access Point. Wall ports labeled (X) and (Y) are active and available for use.

For general assistance with technology and network access, visit or call 805-756-7000.

Streaming T.V.
Residents have access to 150+ channels, including premium stations such as HBO and sports networks, in community spaces and on personal devices. To get connected, visit here.

A landline phone is provided in each community center. For campus calls, dial the last five digits of the telephone number. Dial 7 + 1 + 805 + the number for off campus calls. Long distance calls require a calling card.


Laundry rooms are located in Morro A409, Hollister C410 and Bishop E101. We have laundry monitoring so you can check for machine availability and get alerts when your laundry is done.


Mail sent by USPS will be delivered to your mailbox in Cerro Vista Community Center. Use the combination provided by Distribution Services to open your mailbox.

  • Turn left four times and stop at the first number. 
  • Turn right, passing the first number once and stop at the second number. 
  • Turn left and stop at the third number. 
  • Turn right slowly, and pull open.

Packages sent with a tracking number and requiring a signature are delivered to Canyon Post. Bring your email notice and a photo ID to retrieve your package.


[Your Name]
[Mail Box #] Cerro Vista Circle
San Luis Obispo, CA 93410

The Mailbox # is assigned separately by Distribution Services and is not your room number. This is emailed to you before you move in.

Proper addressing is essential to prompt delivery of mail and packages. Mail is not forwarded during breaks or once you move off campus

Facility and Technology Maintenance Requests

For assistance with all facility-related issues (i.e. furnishings, room conditions, plumbing, electrical, etc.) complete a Maintenance Service Request on your Cal Poly Portal, Housing Tab. Please submit your request as early in the day as possible so it may be directed to the appropriate channel.

For assistance with all technology-related issues (internet, streaming T.V., connection issues, etc.) reach out to ResTech.

Sustainability Practices

In alignment with the campus sustainability goals, University Housing is working to be more sustainable by offering these services in our communities:

  • Move-out donation and recycling bins
  • Compost and recycling bins in every community
  • Clothing drives
  • Water filtration systems

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