yakʔitʸutʸu is proudly named in honor of and in partnership with the Northern Chumash, the Indigenous Peoples of San Luis Obispo County. Listen to the pronunciations here. Each residential hall is named after yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini Northern Chumash tribal locations throughout the Central Coast region.

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The seven halls are:

Bldg. # Name Site  Meaning
A tsɨtkawayu Cambria Place of the horses
B elewexe Paso Robles Named for swordfish
D tšɨłkukunɨtš Carrizo Plain Place of the rabbits
C tiłhini San Luis Obispo
cultural capital
Place of the full moon
F tsɨtqawɨ Morro Bay Place of the dogs
E nipumuʔ Nipomo Place of the big house
G tsɨtpxatu Avila Beach Place of the whales

The yakʔitʸutʸu residential community also includes an adjacent parking structure, large open spaces for outdoor activities, an amphitheater, a café, community rooms, and ample bike parking.

Multiple Residential Learning Communities are housed in yakʔitʸutʸu's seven residence halls, which vary in size from three to five stories and provide primarily triple and quintuple rooms. Each floor shares one to two common gender-inclusive bathrooms, depending on the size of the building.


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Check-in, Cancelations 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: 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 placements and locations for the 2022-23 school year are now posted for 2023-24.


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 Building 172H (where admissions is located). 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.

Floorplans & Furnishings

  • Flooring: Carpet
  • Closet: Standalone Wardrobe
  • Compact refrigerator/freezer
  • Bed Size: 38” x 80" (twin extra long) 
  • One desk with drawers and chair for each resident
  • Small dressers 
  • Waste/recycle
  • Window coverings
  • All-gender community bathrooms



  • WiFi
  • Community kitchen
  • Kitchen and game equipment for checkout
  • Daily cleaning service of bathrooms and common areas on weekdays
  • Free laundry
  • Serenity rooms
  • Purified water fill stations


  • Built-in outdoor grill
  • Bike racks
  • Vending machines
  • Access to microwaves in every building
  • Outdoor ping pong and cornhole games
  • Disc golf (across the street behind Sierra Madre Hall)
  • Basketball courts
  • Volleyball courts



Internet, Spectrum U., Printers 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. Here's how to connect. 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.

Spectrum U

Residents have access to 150+ channels, including premium stations such as HBO and sports networks, in their living spaces as well as in community spaces and on personal devices. Find out more here

Color printers and scanners available for your use 24/7 in all Community Centers. 

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 on the first floor of each building. We have laundry monitoring so you can check for machine availability and get alerts when your laundry is done.

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.) visit or call 805-756-7000.


Mail and packages will be delivered to the Pacheco Post Package Center, located in yakʔitʸutʸu. Once your mail is received and processed, an email will be sent to your Cal Poly email address containing all pick-up information and locker codes.


[Your Name]
[Mail Box #] Pacheco Way
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

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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