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Cal Poly Dorms

calpolyslodreamcalpolyslodream Posts: 107Registered User Junior Member
edited December 2013 in Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
What is the best dorm for an engineering student who wants to be living among other motivated students. I am athletic and like to have fun, but I am here to get an education free of distractions. What is the best dorm for me?
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  • MLMMLM Posts: 401Registered User Member
    If you want to be living near Engineering majors, you might want to select housing at North Mountain. My son's at North Mountain (he's not an engineering major, but requested an engineering major roommate and both wanted to live at North Mountain, hoping it would be fairly quiet). There third roommate is also an engineering major. Most of the other students in the building are engineering majors.

    The buildings at North Mountain are set up differently than typical residence halls. All rooms open to the outside (kind of like a motel), with no interior hallways. http://www.housing.calpoly.edu/sites/housing/files/images/around_nth_mtn.jpg
  • calpolyslodreamcalpolyslodream Posts: 107Registered User Junior Member
    That looks like a great dorm. I am very outdoorsey and I think it would be a great fit. I am going back their in january so I will definetly give it a look. Thanks so much!
  • SmotherSmother Posts: 82Registered User Junior Member
    My daughter lives in one of the North Mountain dorms, Palomar. It is very quiet and her room is significantly bigger than the red brick dorms. Since you will probably be in a triple, the extra space will be very valuable to you.
  • calpolyslodreamcalpolyslodream Posts: 107Registered User Junior Member
    Yes I have heard nothing but good things about north mountain. I want a really quite dorm free of distractions so I can get good grades while having room for fun!
  • tigerashtigerash Posts: 586Registered User Member
    while north mountain is a great option, you should also look at santa lucia (red bricks), since it's mainly the engineering dorm. it's more social from what i've heard, and it's more easier to connect with other engineers. santa lucia is different from north mountain in other ways, and i'm still deciding between these two haha! i'm leaning more on santa lucia as of now
  • MLMMLM Posts: 401Registered User Member
    Also, North mountain residents have access to Santa Lucia study lounges and common areas.
  • ralph4ralph4 Posts: 369Registered User Member
    One advantage of Santa Lucia over North Mountain is the long hallways. You have about 20 rooms of (mostly) Engineers that you will run into daily on your hall. That way if you and your roommate(s) don't "click" too well, there will surely be others nearby that you see regularly that you will likely "click" with.

    The disadvantage of Santa Lucia, in comparison with North Mountain, is the smaller rooms. It's a pretty tight fit for 3 in a room. But room requests are filled in the order they are requested and paid (deposit only). If you apply AND PAY on the first day that housing applications are accepted, you are more likely to get your first choice in housing. Three out of four of my Mustangs submitted their housing applications on the first day they could, and all got doubles instead of triples in their first choice dorms. As far as I can tell, if you can afford it, there is no disadvantage of applying and paying on Day 1 for housing. It is fully refundable if you change your mind and cancel by August (I think).

    Students accepted ED have the advantage of being able to apply for housing before all RD students. Congrats to all of you accepted ED. Cal Poly is a great school!
  • GG2014GG2014 Posts: 8Registered User New Member
    Hey guys I was just wondering how this housing thing is suppose to work. I got in engineering for ED and I know that I'm suppose to get first picks since I got into ED but what if someone may pop up in RD that you want to live with? Will you still maintain a reserved pick or will you jeopardize your housing spot? I really don't get how we will get to pick and stuff so if you have any info, please share! And thanks in advance! :)
  • tigerashtigerash Posts: 586Registered User Member
    i think you only choose what your top 3 dorm choices are for now, and then you can choose roommates later
  • GG2014GG2014 Posts: 8Registered User New Member
    Interesting... Thanks!
  • slolearnerslolearner Posts: 141Registered User Junior Member
    Just a note of clarification, the first block of dorm assignments come from the ED group but first pick goes to the first to get the money in. If you don't pay up the first chance you get, the choices go to those who made the dining & housing deposit before you. Issues like single or double, and dorm preference go quickly. It's the first deposit that buys first choice.
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