Arrival Information

Guest Parking and Transportation

We're excited you're joining us for our 29th 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: on campus parking for Friday, April 8 is prepaid only. You can purchase your permit for Friday using the following QR Code (listed below) or this link:





Once you have reserved your parking, you will receive a confirmation that looks like this! 

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 8 to and from campus 7:00 a.m.-10:00 pm. 

Open House guests can also ride SLO Transit buses for free throughout the weekend by showing your confirmation e-mail or this qr code. (Both Listed Below) 

Click here for more information from Parking & Commuter Services

On Campus Parking 

Friday, April 8 - - Pre-Paid Only 

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 8 online, before you arrive.

You can purchase your permit for Friday online at the following link:

 Saturday, April 9

Due to heightened campus activity, parking availability will be impacted and guests should plan accordingly when driving on to campus. Please reference the TAPS website for all road closures and parking impacts.

ADA/Accessible Parking

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

  • Purchase your parking permit for Friday, April 8 here: prior to your arrival. 
  • 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.

Shuttle Services

 Friday, April 8 Open House Hotel Shuttles

Shuttles for guests staying in select San Luis Obispo hotels will be provided to and from campus on Friday, April 8 from 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. 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. Please only park at hotels that you are a guest of!

 For up to date information on shuttle routes and arrival information, download the New Mustang Guide and search for the "Open House" guide. 

Friday 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
  • Motel 6 – N
  • Motel 6 – S


Available in all designated parking lots with valid state issued ADA parking placard or license. 


While most Cal Poly facilities are wheelchair accessible please be aware there is significant distance between campus buildings and parking areas, with many campus pathways and roads being sloped. Open House guests are encouraged to bring their own wheelchair if it is available to them. A limited amount of manual wheelchairs will be available for check-out for no charge at Open House Info Booths (Friday: Mustang Way, Saturday: Dexter Lawn).  At all Open House events accessible seating will be available with campus staff present to assist with accessible seating.


Accommodations such as sign language interpreters, printed materials in accessible format, and other special accommodations will also be available. For these special accommodations, please email or call New Student & Transition Programs at 805-756-2400.

More Information

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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