Guest Parking and Transportation


Guest Parking and Transportation

We're excited you're joining us for our 25th Annual Open House! This page features some additional information on how to get to campus, where to park, and other transportation options available for guests, including a shuttle service. To learn more, keep reading below, or feel free to reach out to us if you still have further questions.


Please note that parking on campus is extremely limited as classes will be in session on Cal Poly’s campus as well as other major university events. No oversized vehicles will be allowed on campus. For visitors staying in select San Luis Obispo hotels, there will be shuttle service to campus provided on Friday, April 13th to and from campus 7:00 am-11:00 pm. Further shuttle info below.


Click here for more information from Parking & Commuter Services

On Campus Parking

Friday, April 13th

Due to classes, Open House, Poly Royal Rodeo, and athletic events, campus parking will be very limited. Guests are encouraged to utilizing shuttles when arriving to campus.


Please note that day passes will not be available for purchase the day of. A very limited amount of parking will be available on campus. You must purchase your parking pass for Friday, April 13th online, before you arrive. You can purchase your permit for Friday online at the following link:


For those with Zone 1 or Zone 2 prepaid parking permits, enter only through Highland Drive. Please follow Open House signage and Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) direction on where to park for your designated zone.


Please download Cal Poly Now app and search for the “Open House” guide for updated arrival information, driving and walking directions, schedule, and more!


Saturday, April 14th

All guests must enter through Highland Drive and follow TAPS signage and staff to parking on campus. Due to heightened campus activity, parking availability will be impacted and guests should plan accordingly when driving on to campus.



ADA/Accessible Parking

ADA accessible parking will be available for guests. Please see below:

  • Purchase your parking permit for Friday, April 13th here before you arrive.
  • Please follow Open House signage and TAPS staff to park. ADA spaces will be available in all lots.
  • A disabled placard is required to park in accessible lots.

On Campus ADA transit Open House and Rodeo Shuttle Service Friday Only

  • Van service will be provided for guests who park in exterior campus lots. Please check our schedule in Cal Poly Now app for most up to date shuttle locations.
  • Van service will be wheelchair accessible for guest in need of shuttling and one additional guest and will pick up every 15 minutes at entrance of ADA lot depending on campus traffic.





Shuttle Services


Friday, April 13th Open House Hotel Shuttles

Shuttles for guests staying in select San Luis Obispo hotels will be provided to and from campus on Friday, April 13th from 7:00 am-11:00 pm. Shuttles will pick up at the locations listed below and drop off at the Performing Arts Center on Cal Poly's campus. Shuttle service will be provided Friday only.


Skip the line! Check in on the shuttle – for guests arriving to campus via shuttle, you will be able to check-in to Open House on your shuttle ride to campus and skip the check-in line once you arrive!

For up-to-date information on shuttle routes and arrival information, download the Cal Poly Now App and search for the ”Open House” guide.


Shuttle Schedules

Grand Ave/North Highway 101 area

Please meet at the bus stop on Mill Street and Grand Ave. Shuttles will be running every 10 minutes to and from campus. Wheelchair access will be available on this shuttle.


Servicing the following hotels:

Apple Farm

Holiday Inn Express San Luis Obispo

Inn at San Luis Obispo

La Cuesta Inn

Lamplighter Inn & Suites

Lexington Inn

Peach Tree Inn

Quality Suites

San Luis Creek Lodge

Sands Inn & Suites

Sunbeam Motel

Super 8 San Luis Obispo

Travelodge San Luis Obispo







Madonna Inn and Madonna Road area

Please wait in front of your hotel’s lobby to be picked up and brought to campus. Shuttles will be running every 30 minutes. Wheelchair access will be available on this shuttle.


Servicing the following hotels:

Best Western

Embassy Suites

Madonna Inn

Vagabond Inn


Los Osos Valley Road/South Highway 101 area

Please wait in front of your hotel’s lobby to be picked up and brought to campus. Shuttles will be running every 30 minutes. Wheelchair access will be available on this shuttle.


Servicing the following hotels:

Courtyard San Luis Obispo

Hampton Inn & Suites

Motel 6 – N

Motel 6 – S


More Information

Do you have more questions about Open House? Our website is a great place to start! Learn more about what Open House is, the history behind it, and some featured events for our 25 Year celebration on our Open House page.


If you'd like to learn more about individual events, plan your schedule, or view detailed maps of our campus and the surrounding community, we've also created an interactive Guide in our Cal Poly Now app, available to download for free on your mobile device. You can download the Cal Poly Now app today at to get started planning your Open House experience!


Still have questions? No worries! Feel free to reach out to us at and we'll do our best to help your travel to and from Open House as easy and possible. We can't wait to see you in April!


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