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Top 5 Places to Earn Bonus Rewards Points Near Cal Poly Campus

March 23, 2023
by Max Lewis, Cal Poly Student

Did you know that SESLOC credit union members earn rewards points on eligible debit card purchases that can be redeemed for gift cards, cash back, or to cover purchases (like your textbooks) in the form of a statement credit? You also earn bonus points by swiping your card at participating Local Rewards¹ businesses, helping you stretch the value of your dollar while supporting the amazing local businesses that make the Central Coast so special. Plus, SESLOC just dropped a special Cal Poly debit card design for their free HomeFREE checking account, so students and fans alike can show their Mustang pride wherever they go.

Here are the top five places near Cal Poly campus to earn more points:



This legendary 24/7 donut shop was founded by Jacob and Jessie Pickering and holds a special place in the minds, hearts, and tummies of SLO residents. They actually have a unique link to Cal Poly — the founders reached out to Cal Poly engineers to help them figure out the best way to maximize the space in their shop on Foothill Boulevard. That’s why it’s so inviting to students as a comfortable and functional study space, featuring ample seating, comfortable lighting, big tables, free wifi, and power outlets. SLODOCO offers a wide variety of consistently freshly made donuts and coffee, no matter the time of day. SLODOCO’s menu features a ton of fun, inspired flavors that are created by both the owners and the employees, with something different every month. Some of their more exotic donuts include lavender, creme brulee, and flavors inspired by popular cereals. They also have a variety of vegan and gluten-free flavors to ensure they have something for everyone.

Cal Poly Ticket Office

Cal Poly Ticket Office

The Cal Poly Ticket Office is the place to go for Cal Poly athletics tickets, as well as the many great dance, music, and theater shows that come to town. Something to keep in mind for outings with friends, date nights, or when family comes to visit.



In 1986, fourth-generation SLO resident Randy Adler created Moondoggies Beach Club — a unique retail haven for surfing and skateboarding enthusiasts. Adler’s vision when opening the store was to immerse people in the beach and surf culture while also providing them with a beach club type of atmosphere. Moondoggies continues to serve SLO county, with a location in the heart of downtown SLO and another beachside in Pismo, it’s no surprise that many Cal Poly students proudly wear the brand around campus.

California Fresh Market

California Fresh Market, also known as “Cal Fresh”, is a staple for many Cal Poly students because of its close proximity to campus, wide variety of high-quality grocery staples, and a daily selection of fresh sushi, soups, pies, and sandwiches for those that need to fit a quick bite into their busy schedules.

Old SLO BBQ Logo


After moving to San Luis Obispo in 2001 to attend Cal Poly, founder and alumni Matt Pearce became enamored by the Central Coast’s traditional BBQ and began competing in local cook-offs. Not long after, he realized that his true calling in life was to open his own BBQ restaurant here in SLO. Thus, Old San Luis BBQ was born! They specialize in authentic Santa Maria-style cuisine, serving up tri-tip, pork, chicken, and linguica sandwiches. Plus, they have a variety of salads for the health-conscious, and decadent milkshakes for those who are not. Additionally, both Old SLO BBQ locations offer self-pour tap walls featuring more than 35 craft beers, many of them from the Central Coast.

BONUS: 134 More Participating Businesses!

There are 134 more participating Local Rewards businesses across the Central Coast. Whether you’re taking a day trip to Morro Bay, or planning a wine tasting trip to Paso, be sure to check out the complete list of places you earn more.

Want to snag a Cal Poly debit card of your own so you can start earning rewards points? Stop by the SESLOC branch on campus in the University Union by Starbucks, or learn more at


1. Local Rewards bonus points are earned on purchases made at participating Local Businesses only. Participating Local Businesses (“merchants”) are subject to change at any time without notice. Participation in Local Rewards does not constitute an endorsement on the part of either the merchant or SESLOC Credit Union. Purchases made at participating merchants processed through third-party services (e.g. DoorDash, Grub Hub, Uber Eats ect.) may not qualify for bonus points under Local Rewards. Local Rewards is part of the SESLOC Rewards program; see for complete terms, conditions, restrictions and eligibility that apply. For any questions regarding Local Rewards, contact SESLOC Credit Union.