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Welcome to University Housing!

Move-In Guide for Freshmen...

...What to expect for Moving In and Getting Settled.

From the Executive Director of University Housing It is our pleasure to welcome you to on-campus housing at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. The University Housing Department’s program has much to offer and you can be assured that living on campus will be a very special experience with each living community offering its own solid educational goals. After you move in, our Residential Life and Education staff will assist you in setting high standards and expectations for academic success. Housing’s goal is to make your on-campus experience at cal Poly positive, exciting, and successful! Hopefully the information contained in this brochure will assist you in answering many of the questions you have as you prepare to come to Cal Poly. If you need assistance at any time, either before move-in or during the year, please feel free to contact the University Housing Staff at 805.756.1226 or

Welcome to University Housing!


Preston C. Allen Executive Director of University Housing University Housing, Building 31 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CA 93407


What to expect for Move-In weekend First off, students must re-enter thier housing application via the My Cal Poly Portal in order to print and read the required move-in information prior to moving in. Move-in weekend for freshmen students is Saturday and Sunday, September 12th & 13th - from 9am to 6pm, or any day thereafter from 12 noon to 6pm. Students must show photo ID before receiving their room keys.

Helpful Hints Residence Halls: On move-in day, you will need to bring a "hand truck" or dolly and bungee cords to assist in moving your belongings from your car to your room. There are no elevators in the Residence Halls so please come prepared for stairs (sensible shoes, boxes that can be carried,etc.) Cerro Vista: The apartments are located on a steep hillside and although there are elevators at Cerro Vista, you may still need to bring a "hand truck" or dolly and bungee cords to assist in moving your belongings from your car to your room. Due to space constraints in the apartments, it is recommended that students not bring additional personal furniture such as couches/sofas, etc. Consider arriving in the afternoon. Parking and traffic are busiest in the morning.


What to Expect

Tip: Find a sidewalk or curb nearest to the student’s building to drop off the student’s possessions. Have one family member wait with the items while another finds parking. (See parking directions and maps via the links provided on the My Cal Poly Portal on August 20th)

What to expect for Move-In weekend Parking Parking during opening weekend requires some planning. Temporary parking will be permitted on some of the streets near the residence halls and Cerro Vista. During move-in we ask that you extend courtesy to others and move your vehicle from curbside street locations to parking lots after you have unloaded your student’s belongings. Although resident parking permits will not be required for move-in weekend, parking regulations will be enforced on the following Monday morning beginning at 7am.

Resident parking permits can be purchased online until August 25, 2009, at:

What to Expect

Permits purchased on-line after August 25, can be picked up at the State Cashier’s Office, Administration Building 01, Room 133. Permits can also be purchased in person at the State Cashier’s Office (cash or check only). The price for the 2009-2010 annual residenttial parking permit (Fall, Winter, Spring Quater) is $495. Questions regarding on-campus parking? Please call 805.756.7306 or email


Prepare to LAUNCH The Cal Poly University Housing Department is excited to introduce the Class of 2013 Fall Launch Program! Fall Launch provides new students with the opportunity to get to know their roommates and the other residents in their learning community through interactive social activities. Residents will be introduced to campus resources, campus dining and the Cal Poly athletics program. On Saturday, September 12, parents and supporters are encouraged to take a break from move in to learn more about University Housing at an orientation session, attend a Cal Poly football game. Then on Sunday, September 13, they can participate in a continental breakfast before heading home. University Housing staff will be available through out the weekend to meet and answer questions. Campus Dining will be providing meals during Fall Launch through your meal plan. Saturday: 2:00-4:00 pm Parent Orientation Sessions 4:00 – 6:30 pm Cal Poly Home Football Game vs. Sacramento State 7:00 – 10:00 pm Community Welcome Meetings Pizza Parties and Roommate Competitions Sunday: 9:00 – 11:00 am Continental Breakfast for parents and students* 12:30 – 2:00 pm Lunch in community lounges 2:30 – 4:00 pm Community Launch Activities 4:00 – 8:00 pm Meal Plan Madness throughout Campus Dining 8:00 – 9:00 pm Cal Poly Athletics Rally 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm Star Trek Movie in Mott Gym Monday September 14, 2009 10:30 am -12:00pm Community Networking 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch and Leadership Fair - Launch your Involvement 1:30 –5:30 pm Launch your Academic Services (sessions) 6:30 – 8:00 pm Community BBQ’s 8:00 pm – Community social events

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Week Of Welcome

September 15-19, 2009 During this week-long program held prior to fall classes beginning, students are placed in small groups led by two trained orientation leaders. They are introduced to life at Cal Poly and in San Luis Obispo through a full range of activities, including: WOW-A-RAMA (mingle with the 3000 other WOW participants), SLO Bound (check out everything SLO has to offer), College Connections: Academic Success (become familiar with their college and department), Awareness presentations (discuss social issues with other students), and Block Party (experience dozens of Cal Poly's clubs). For more information about the activities during the week go to New Student Orientation Highlights. A more detailed version of the schedule will be available at the end of August. The Week of Welcome program, also known as WOW, is a week-long orientation event. It is a balanced combination of excitement, learning, and new experiences. As a new student to Cal Poly, either a first-year or transfer student, you will participate in activities, events and presentations introducing you to the campus and community. WOW provides a thrilling environment for you to meet new people, become familiar with Cal Poly and San Luis Obispo, and prepare to start your college career. As a new student, you will be placed in a group of about 10-20 other new students led by two current Cal Poly student Orientation Leaders. Your WOW group will participate in an array of orientation events in addition to activities both on- and offcampus planned by your Orientation Leaders.


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Res Halls -- What is Provided & What to Bring Double, Triple, or Quad Rooms are furnished with: an extra-long twin bed chest of drawers desk

chair bookshelves wastebasket for each student

Suggested items to bring to hall rooms: clothes iron hangers small fan compact storage containers surge protected power strips TV/VCR/DVD/Stereo

Clock radio desk lamp towels laundry soap toiletries bedding (for an extra long twin bed)

(share with roommates)

Microwave ovens are provided in the lounge areas on each floor of Sierra Madre, Yosemite, and the South Mountain Halls. In the North Mountain Halls, each room is provided with a microwave/ mini-refrigerator combination.

Candles Incense Halogen lamps Holiday or rope lights Extension cords Lofts/bed risers Raised beds Sterno devices Space heaters Air conditioners Hot plates Hot pots Electric skillets/ grills Toasters Rice cookers Microwave ovens

(see a detailed list online)

Gasoline Charcoal Lighter fluid Barbecues Industrial cleaning solvents Free standing storage units taller than 48� Weapons Pets Free-standing freezer units of any size

Due to space constraints in residence hall rooms, it is recommended that couches, large stereo speakers, personal furniture, etc., be left at home. All furniture that is originally in the room must remain in that room.


What is Provided & Waht to Bring

Please do NOT bring:

Cerro Vista -- What is Provided & What to Bring Cerro Vista private bedrooms are furnished with: extra-long twin bed dresser desk

chair wardrobe wastebasket

Cerro Vista common areas are furnished with: kitchen table and chairs lounge chairs a settee a coffee table end tables floor lamps.

What is provided & What to Bring

Suggested items to bring to Cerro Vista: Kitchen items (utensils, dishes, pots, pans, can opener, oven mitts, foil, plastic wrap, spices, toaster oven, measuring cups/ spoons, & paper products). Students living in the Cerro Vista Apartments will have a full kitchen equipped with an electric range, a microwave, full-sized refrigerator, and garbage disposal. Roommates might want to arrange to share such items as TV’s. Also, the Cerro Vista Apartments are not air conditioned so students may want to bring a small fan.

Please do NOT bring: Candles Incense Halogen lamps Holiday or rope lights Extension cords Lofts/bed risers Raised beds Weapons Free standing storage units (taller than 48�)


(see a detailed list online)

Sterno devices Charcoal Lighter fluid Space heaters Air conditioners Mini refrigerators Pets Industrial cleaning solvents Gasoline

Resources available during Move-In weekend Housing Administration Office – Bldg. #31 805.756.1226 Saturday -- 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Sunday -- 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Cerro Vista Apartments Office – Bldg. #170-G 805.756.7645 Saturday -- 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Sunday -- 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Poly Canyon Village Admin Office – Bldg. #171-A026 805.756.9300 Saturday -- 8:00am - 6:00pm Sunday -- 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Housing and Business Services – Bldg. #31 (Maintenance Concerns) 805.756.1587 Saturday -- 7:30 am - 6:00 pm Sunday -- 7:30 am - 6:00 pm

Residence Hall Package Center - Bldg. 108 (located behind Sequoia Residence Hall)

Special hours of operation for Move-in Weekend: Thursday 9/10 through Sunday 9/13 -- 12 noon to 4:00pm Monday 9/14 through Friday 9/18 -- 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm Saturday 9/19 -- 2:30pm - 6:00pm Sunday 9/20 -- closed Regular hours of operation for Fall Quarter: Monday-Friday -- 12 noon to 6:00pm Saturday -- 12noon – 2:00pm Sunday -- Closed *Photo ID is required to pick up packages.



Resources on Move-In Weekend

ResNet Office –Computer Support - Sierra Madre Bldg. 113 Saturday -- 9:00am - 6:00pm Sunday -- 9:00am - 6:00pm

Resources available during Move-In weekend State Cashier (Admin Bldg., Room 131E) 805.756.2256 Saturday -- 12noon - 5:00pm Sunday -- 12noon - 5:00pm Regular Hours: Monday-Friday -- 9:00am – 12:00pm and 1:00pm – 4:00pm WOW Check-in - Information booth will be located on Mott Lawn Sunday -- 9:00am - 5:00pm Monday -- 9:00am - 5:00pm

Resources on Move-In Weekend

Student Accounts - (Admin Bldg., Room 211) 805.756.1428 Special Hours: Saturday and Sunday 9/12 & 9/13 -- 12noon - 5:00pm Regular Hours: Monday-Friday -- 8:00am – 4:30pm Health Services - (Health Center, Bldg. 27) FOR FIRST-AID ONLY 805.756.5528 Saturday -- 10:00am - 4:00pm Sunday -- 10:00am - 4:00pm Regular Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri -- 8:00am - 4:30pm Wed -- 9:00am - 4:30pm


Resources available during Move-In weekend Campus Dining

Venues open for business on Move-In Weekend: (specific hours will be posted soon!) Main Campus: The Avenue Backstage Pizza Starbucks Sage Restaurant Campus Market The Park - Bldg. #34 (Vending Machines) -- Always Open Poly Canyon Village: Peet’s Coffee Einstein Bagels Jamba Juice Village Market

Mini-Refrigerators Residence hall students may bring their own mini-fridge, however, it must meet all the following criteria without exception: • Cannot exceed 4.9 cubic feet • Measures no more than: 23”W x 23”D x 34”H • “Energy Star” rating preferred


Resources on Move-In Weekend

All Campus Dining services (Campus Express, Campus ID cards, Refrigerator rental, dining plan info, etc.) will be located in the 19 Metro Station Atrium and the Sandwich Factory, on both Saturday and Sunday of Move-in Weekend from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

Mail & Packages -- Mailing, Delivery, & Pickup Info How do residents living on campus in the residence halls or Cerro Vista Apartments receive mail and packages? Distribution Services (the University’s mail center) receives all mail/packages sent to students living in on-campus housing. Mail Delivery: Mail (letters, cards, postcards) sent through the United States Postal Service (USPS) will be delivered first to Distribution Services and then forwarded to the front desk of the student’s hall and sorted into each student’s mailbox (which are small letter-sized boxes). Package Delivery: Packages, oversized envelopes, and boxes that have been sent to the University via a shipper using a tracking number (i.e., UPS or FedEx) and requiring a signature will be sent by Distribution Services to the “Residence Hall Package Center;” a secured building located behind the Sequoia Residence Hall (Building #108). Distribution Services will then send an e-mail to the student’s Cal Poly e-mail address notifying him/her that a package is being held at the “Residence Hall Package Center”. To receive e-mail notification, residents must have activated their Cal Poly e-mail account. To pick up packages, residents must present a photo ID and a copy of the e-mail notification to the staff at the “Package Center.”

Mail & Packages

Residence Hall Front Desk: Mail sent through the United States Postal service (USPS) and not requiring a signature will be received, sorted, and forwarded to the front desk of the recipient’s Residence Hall. Mail will then be distributed into the student’s mailboxes by front desk staff. For larger parcels, notices will be placed in the resident’s mailbox notifying them to pick up their package at the front desk. NOTE: Signature waivers are not recognized by Distribution Services.


Sample Mailing Address Mailing Address Information (Residence Halls): Student’s Name Hall Name Room Number 1 Grand Avenue San Luis Obispo, CA 93410- Zip Code Extension (listed below) For example: John Doe Tenaya 151 1 Grand Avenue San Luis Obispo, CA 93410-1600 Hall Zip Code Extensions (for Residence Halls): Sequoia 1800 Diablo 1100 Shasta 1900 Fremont 1200 Sierra Madre 2000 Lassen 1300 Tenaya 1600 Muir 1400 Trinity 2100 Palomar 1500 Whitney 2200 Santa Lucia 1700 Yosemite 2300 Mailing Address Information (Cerro Vista): Student’s Name Building Name, Apartment Number 1 Grand Avenue San Luis Obispo, CA 93410-2500

Sample Mailing Address 12

Housing Payment Information See information below for subsequent payments once oncampus housing has been assigned:

Housing Payment Installments: Due Dates

Res Hall Double

08/29/09 Fall Adjustment

Apt. Private Housing


Res Hall Triple


<$387> credited to student account

10/15/09 Winter Quarter




01/29/10 Spring Quarter




Total Housing Cost: Installment Payments




Housing Payment Information

Single payment option details can be found at:

Dining Plan Payments: Due Dates

Residence Halls


Installments - Single Payment

Installments - Single Payment

09/4/09 $279 $3072 11/10/09 $1446





Total Cost







All freshman students are required to purchase a meal plan. For Dining Payment Questions please call: 805.756.1192 and please visit:


Common Questions after Move-In Can hall assignments be changed? If so, when? Students can trade within their residence hall/apartment or into another residence hall/apartment throughout the year based on availability. Refer to the "Residence Hall/Cerro Vista Handbook" for trading restrictions, dates, and other specific information. Note: Trading is frozen for the first two weeks of Fall Quarter, and the first week of Winter and Spring Quarters. Can meal plans be changed? To change from one Dining Plan to another simply complete a Dining Plan Change Request Form at Campus Diningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Customer Service by the entrance to 19 Metro station. Changes can be made for fall quarter during W.O.W. until noon on Friday of the first week of school. Changes for winter or spring quarter can be made during the preceding finals week or until noon on Friday of the first week of the quarter. What if a student key is lost? Each student is issued a building access card and a key for their room. If a room key is lost, a key-core change is done on the room and a new key is issued to room occupants. There is a $75 charge for a lost key where a key-core change is required, and a $10 charge for a lost building access card.


Common Questions

Residents are required to carry their key and access card with them at all times and must immediately report lost or stolen keys or cards to a University Housing staff member. Lost or stolen room keys will result in an immediate lock core change. Students may check out spare room keys during normal front desk hours. Students must present valid identification to check out spare room keys. If the front desk is closed, Resident/ Community Advisor staff can be contacted to unlock a studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s door.

Common Questions after Move-In What about health insurance? During the period covered by this License Agreement, it is highly recommended that the Licensee obtain health and accident insurance, on either an individual or group basis, to include coverage for hospital benefits, medical benefits, surgical benefits, emergency outpatient benefits, ambulance and/or medical transportation services. Please be advised, the University does not cover nor assume medical expenses or liability for students. Students interested in obtaining medical insurance through the CSU Domestic Student Health Plan can view information at (under Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, domestic students, brochure) or call Cal Poly’s Health Services at (805) 756-1211. Are pets allowed in the halls/apts? Students may not bring or keep any animal in or around the residence halls or apartments other than fish in an aquarium not to exceed 5 gallons per resident, 10 gallons per residence hall room, or 20 gallons per apartment. How does FERPA apply to University Housing? Although there is not an all-encompassing FERPA release form for University Housing, our Residential Life and Education unit offers students the opportunity to utilize the ‘Department FERPA Release for University Housing’ form in order to release specific information to parents on a case-by-case basis.

Common Questions

What about renter’s insurance? The University has no liability for a student’s personal belongings, including during periods when the Licensee is not in occupancy or after the term of occupancy has expired. The University shall not be held liable for the loss or damage of the personal property of the Licensee. The University has no insurance to cover loss or damage of the personal property of the Licensee; therefore, the University recommends that individuals contact their personal insurance carrier for coverage options available. (See the Student Housing License Agreement Terms and Conditions for additional details)


Common Questions after Move-In What type of Internet service is provided? What if internet help is needed?

All rooms have direct, high-speed internet access (Ethernet) to the Cal Poly Computer Network and the Internet at no additional charge. Students wishing to connect to the campus network will need to purchase a 10/100Base-T Ethernet card. Are overnight guests permitted? Residents are responsible for their guests’ and visitors’ behavior at all times. An overnight guest must have the approval of the hosting resident’s roommate(s) and the Resident Advisor. Residents shall register all overnight guests at their hall’s front desk. For approved guests, there is no charge for the first two days of housing facility use per calendar month. A $10 guest fee is charged for each day of such use in excess of two days per calendar month. No guest may stay in housing for more than two days per month without payment of guest fees. Guests without prior approval are charged a $20 guest fee for each day of use. No guest may stay longer than four nights per month.


Common Questions

What if something is in need of maintenance or repair? If an item in your room, in the building, or on the grounds area, is in need of repair, report it to the staff at your front desk. Service Request Logs are submitted online at the front desk and are processed Monday through Friday. Please provide a detailed description of the problem including the location, time, and any actions you have taken. If urgent, during business hours, call Housing and Business Services at extension 6-1587. Any situation that can be a safety concern should be reported immediately to a hall staff member.

Stuff to See & Do in SLO while you visit: Have some fun while you are here! Bishop Peak Trail System (San Luis Obispo) Check out one of the most popular hiking trails in San Luis Obispo! Students, locals, and visitors love hiking Bishops Peak. Bishop Peak is one of the nine major peaks that line the central coast from San Luis Obispo to Morro Bay. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. There are some spots with boulders to climb but it is mostly a moderate hike and/or walk. Go to the top or just part-way to see a beautiful view of SLO. Poly Canyon and the Design Village Explore the natural habitat surrounding the brand new Poly Canyon Village Apartments for Sophomore and continuing students. There is a great walking or biking trail which leads out to the Poly Canyon Design Village featuring structures designed by Cal Poly Students.

Stuff to See & Do while in SLO

Bubble Gum Alley - San Luis Obispo Located in downtown San Luis Obispo (on Higuera St, just North of Broad St) The gum started appearing on the walls in 1960. People complained but the gum kept on coming. There are a few shops that have gumball machines on the sidewalk so if you want to add to the wall, chew and stick! San Luis Obispo Farmers Market Downtown San Luis Obispo Thursday 6:10 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The Thursday night SLO County Farmers’ Market thrives year-round nestled in the heart of the charming San Luis Obispo downtown center. Every week this market draws over 10,000 market-goers and is one of the largest Farmers’ Markets in the state of California. Approximately 70 farmers from all over the Central Coast and the San Joaquin Valley come out, week-after-week, to sell their fresh California seasonal produce to locals marketgoers and tourists alike. This market is very well publicized as it runs in conjunction with the SLO Downtown Association activities and includes live music, food and children’s events.


MontaĂąa de Oro State Park This is one of Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest state parks with 8000-acres of hiking, biking, equestrian trails, seven miles of coastline, cliffs, tidepools and camping. Morro Bay State Park One of the most famous landmarks, Morro Rock is home to thousands of birds. The park has a marina for boating, kayaking and fishing. The bird estuary is next to this 135-site campground. Also enjoy bird watching, hiking and golfing. Hearst San Simeon State Park Its location is along scenic Highway One, just a few miles from Hearst Castle, access to the beaches, tidepools, trails, and rocky coastline. Day-use areas include Leffingwell Landing, Santa Rosa Creek, San Simeon Nature Preserve and Washburn. Visit Hearst Castle or travel 7 miles further north to view the famous Elephant Seals beached on the sand.

Visit these other websites for more information on where to play, eat, sleep, and explore while you are on the central coast.


Stuff to See & Do while in SLO

Pismo Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove Each year thousands of vibrant orange and black Monarch Butterflies flock to Pismo Beach, seeking shelter from the freezing northern winters. From late October to February, the butterflies cluster in the limbs of a grove of Eucalyptus trees at Pismo State Beach. The grove is easily accessible. It is located on State Highway 1 at the south boundary of the city limits of Pismo Beach

Maps Links and Directions for Move-In Weekend Use the link below to access an interactive map of the Cal Poly campus. Locate residence halls, apartments, building, and parking lots by using the drop-down menu at the top of the map.

South Mountain Halls (Muir, Trinity, Santa Lucia, Fremont, Tenaya, Sequoia), the North Mountain Halls (Diablo, Lassen, Palomar, Shasta, Whitney), and the Cerro Vista Apartments: Please use the following directions: From Hwy 101, going south: Exit at Morro Bay (Highway 1) off-ramp. Turn right onto Santa Rosa Street (Highway 1). From Hwy 101, going north: Exit at Morro Bay (Highway 1, Hearst Castle) off-ramp. Turn right onto Santa Rosa Street (Highway 1).

Maps Links and Directions

For both: Continue on Santa Rosa Street (Highway 1) approximately one mile. Turn right at Highland Drive/Cal Poly entrance. Turn right onto University Drive. Turn left onto North Perimeter Road. Continue on North Perimeter following directional signs to the R1 parking lot.

Yosemite and Sierra Madre Halls: Please use the following directions: From Hwy 101, going south: Exit at Monterey Street/Cal Poly off-ramp. Veer right. Turn left onto Loomis Street. Turn right onto Grand Avenue. Turn left onto Slack Street. Turn right onto Pacheco Way. From Hwy 101, going north: Exit at Grand Avenue offramp. Turn left onto Grand Avenue. Turn left onto Slack Street. Turn right onto Pacheco Way. For Yosemite residents: Park in the R2 parking lot. For Sierra Madre residents: Park in the G1 parking lot.


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