Cal Poly Plans for New Student Housing Complex

by Katie Sloan

San Luis Obispo, Calif. — Project would open in 2018 and include new welcome center.

San Luis Obispo, Calif. —  California Polytechnic State University, Cal Poly, will build new student residence halls near the university’s entrance on Grand Avenue. The facilities will be ready for 1,400 first-year students in time for the 2018-19 academic year.


The new housing will be built on what is now a large surface parking lot across from existing student housing. Cal Poly currently has slightly more than 6,900 beds on campus. A recent market-demand study strongly suggested that there is student demand for about 10,300 beds in university housing. The new Grand Avenue plan would close more than one-third of the 3,400-bed gap. The project will be financed through the issuance of bonds that will be repaid from room rents as students occupy the new facility.


The project will include a new welcome center at what is one of the university’s main entrances. A design team will be selected soon to begin initial design work for the project, which could also include a small parking structure at the far southeastern corner of the site to partially offset the loss of the surface-lot parking.


The project and final plans will need the approval of the California State University system’s board of trustees before the start of construction, which is tentatively set for 2015.


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