Aerial of San Luis Obispo


for Yourself

Visit Cal Poly

Situated between rolling hills and the Pacific Ocean with perfect weather year-round, our campus is known for its beauty as well as our academics.

The best way to experience Cal Poly is to see it for yourself. We offer student-led, 90-minute walking tours of the campus every weekday (except on holidays) as well as information sessions about our admissions process, tours of campus housing, and tours of the various colleges.


Cal Poly Tour App

Prefer to explore Cal Poly from home? Our tour app makes it easy.

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Map and Parking

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Find details about parking, fees and parking lots here.
Information on parking with an ADA license plate or placard can be found here.


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students during Week of Welcome


July-August, 2017

Student Life Orientation (SLO) Days, is Cal Poly’s 2-day, overnight, summer orientation. Come meet other new students, connect with your academic major, and begin to prepare for life at Cal Poly.

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September 10-16, 2017

Week of Welcome (WOW) will familiarize you with the campus and city, introduce you to hundreds of students, and guide you through your first week of classes.

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Sign-up for both mandatory programs continues through June 15, 2017 and can be found on MyCalPoly on the ‘Orientations’ tab.

Live Like a Local

San Luis Obispo (or SLO as we like to call it) is home to a charming downtown, award-winning restaurants, great nightlife and a vibrant cultural scene.

The city is surrounded by thousands of acres of open space including state parks and national forests, making the area perfect for hikers, mountain bikers, cyclists and equestrians. Just beyond SLO lies the Pacific Ocean with its miles of beautiful beaches and opportunities for surfing, kayaking, whale watching and more.

Cal Poly's Performing Arts Center

Arts and Entertainment

San Luis Obispo is home to a vibrant arts community. Several major concert venues attract big-name performers, and a variety of music festivals and free community concerts are held throughout the year. The Performing Arts Center at Cal Poly offers everything from ballet and symphony concerts to live theatre and musical performances.

Learn more about SLO Arts and Entertainment.

Bishop's Peak hike in San Luis Obispo, CA.

Outdoor Adventures

One of the most outdoor-friendly spots in the nation, San Luis Obispo has infinite opportunities for hiking, camping, biking, climbing, surfing and kayaking. Hit the beaches at Pismo, Avila and Morro Bay; explore the many popular trails located within a few miles of campus; or spend a weekend adventuring at Big Sur or the Los Padres National Forest.

Learn more about Outdoor Adventure in SLO.

Fremont theatre in San Luis Obispo.

Area Attractions

San Luis Obispo boasts many historic landmarks and funky traditions. The Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa is a downtown centerpiece and the site of many events throughout the year. Hearst Castle, the famous estate of William Randolph Hearst, is located in the northern part of the county and attracts visitors from around the world. Farmers’ Market is a 30-year tradition that offers a variety of food, shopping and fun. And of course, don’t miss the strange yet popular Bubblegum Alley.

Learn more about SLO County Attractions.

Explore the vineyards and wineries of San Luis Obispo's Edna Valley.

Food and Drink

Surrounded by world-renowned vineyards, the Pacific Ocean, and a community that values locally grown produce and meats, San Luis Obispo has a flourishing food and drink culture. A wide variety of locally owned restaurants and breweries offer distinctive dining options throughout the downtown area and across the county. The Edna Valley and Paso Robles wine regions are recognized throughout the world and provide Learn by Doing experience for manyCal Poly wine and viticulture  students.

Learn more about SLO Food and Drink.

Getting Here

Cal Poly is located midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on U.S. Highway 101 and easily accessible via car, plane, or train.

From the North on U.S. 101

  • Take Exit 204 for Monterey Street.
  • Turn right onto Buena Vista Avenue.
  • Turn left onto Loomis Street.
  • Turn right onto Grand Avenue and continue approximately half a mile to the Cal Poly Visitor Information Center located on the right-hand side of the south entrance.


From the South on U.S. 101

  • Take Exit 203D for Grand Avenue/Cal Poly.
  • Turn left on Grand and continue approximately one-quarter mile to the Cal Poly Visitor Information Center located on the right-hand side of the south entrance.


If using a navigation system, we recommend typing in the full address:
California Polytechnic State University
1 Grand Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

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