The transition from high school to college–it’s felt like the longest summer of both your lives. Your child has been ready for this weekend since they graduated in May, excited to begin the next chapter of their life at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. As a parent, on the other hand, this is a period filled with bittersweet emotions. Your child has grown up and is about to become a college student, away from home for the first time, discovering new friendships, interests, and aspirations. With all that to keep them busy, will your child even have time to miss you? The answer is always yes. In fact, your student will even want you to visit!
As exciting as college is, there’s one thing students need to keep them grounded–the wisdom of their parents. So as Move-In Weekend approaches this September, here are some important things to keep in mind about the Cal Poly and San Luis Obispo community that will make the time you spend together here during Move-In Weekend more memorable and less stressful.
1. Book Early
Cal Poly Move-In weekend is one of the busiest times of the year in San Luis Obispo, besides graduation. Over 5,000 new Mustangs and their families will be arriving at different points throughout the weekend in addition to thousands of continuing students. What does this mean? Hotels are booked full. To avoid scrambling to find a room and settling for uncomfortable accommodations at a high price, make sure to reserve a room early.
Unfortunately, you may find that most San Luis Obispo hotels are already booked for the weekend. Fret not! If you book directly at any Martin Resorts Pismo Beach hotel during the month of September, $1 will be donated to the Pismo Preserve Project, just in time for Move In! Beautiful Pismo Beach is only 12 miles from San Luis Obispo, which is not only convenient, but will take you out of the madness of San Luis Obispo during Move-In. Relax and unwind on a private balcony over looking the Pacific Ocean with a wine glass in hand as you savor your last few nights with your college student. When you look back on these memories, you’ll be glad you stayed with us.
2. Shop Before
Costco, Target, T.J. Maxx, and the Mac Superstore are all conveniently located next to each other on Los Osos Valley Road in San Luis Obispo. While this makes running errands during the school year simple, it becomes a headache during Move-In weekend. We all forget things, it’s only human nature! But to endure long lines and traffic jams just to discover that Target has run out of outlet extenders, you would be wasting what precious time you have left with your student.
To avoid this, do your shopping before arriving to San Luis Obispo. Whether that means going to the Target in Paso Robles if you’ve chosen to book a room at the lovely Paso Robles Inn, or stopping at the Wal-Mart in Arroyo Grande if you’re coming from the South, avoiding shopping centers during Move In weekend is one of the best tips a local can give you. In fact, before you leave home, check out the helpful packing list Cal Poly has provided for incoming students to make sure you won’t have to make any extra trips to the store that weekend.
3. Roommates are a Resource
One of the most important things students should know before moving into their dorm at Cal Poly SLO: where it’s located. Students are able to access their room assignments beginning August 17th and may do so using the Housing Tab under their Cal Poly Portal. Here you’ll find their building and room number, as well as the names and email addresses of your child’s future roommates!
Students: freshman year roommates share a special bond that only the two of you will understand. Whether you end up becoming best friends or simply remain cohabitants, it’s important to connect with your roommate before Move-In. By doing so you can negotiate which of you will bring items that can be shared like Microwaves, Mini-Fridges, or even simple things like extension cords. Establishing communication with your roommate prior to Move-In will also allow you to discuss living preferences, making the decision of who gets which bed a lot less awkward at your first meeting. Moreover, knowing a little bit about the person you’ll be sharing a small space with will ease your nerves and take some of the pressure off an already stressful weekend. After all, this could be the person you do most of your #CentralCoasting adventures with!
4. Parents Have Fun, Too!
During the week before Move-In, Cal Poly has designed an entire program specifically for parents to help you get to know the community that your child will soon call home. Poly Parent Adventures runs from September 12th through the 15th, offering great discounts and deals on San Luis Obispo County restaurants, activities, and hotels. In fact, Martin Resorts property, Inn at the Cove is offering several special lodging packages to celebrate Poly Parent Adventures. Check out our No Brainer Romance Package, Pismo Beach Kayak Package, or the 805 Beer Package. Whatever your #CentralCoasting style is, there’s sure to be an activity offered during this special week that will make you wish you were the one moving to San Luis Obispo County!
5. Goodbyes are Never Easy
If you’ve incorporated our advice into your Move-In weekend plans, we hope you’ve had a no-hassle moving experience. However, now that you’re done with the easy stuff, the real hard part begins–saying goodbye to your student. Fortunately, the Week of Welcome program at Cal Poly does a wonderful job of making your child feel comfortable at their new home almost immediately, giving them the opportunity to meet and socialize with their peers as soon as your goodbyes are over. This means you don’t need to worry about your student feeling lonely after you leave. You may find yourself, on the other hand, missing your child as soon as they leave your sight.
But here’s the good news: kids these days are always glued to their phones so there is no excuse for them to miss your texts or calls! What’s even better is that Mustang Family Weekend begins Thursday, October 20th, just one short month after Move-In! Stay tuned for another blog about the best San Luis Obispo activities you and your Cal Poly student should do during your next visit! By then, your child will be living like a local anyway!