The Santa Barbara area is beautiful, and unfortunately also one of the most expensive housing markets in the U.S.
On Campus Housing
UCSB is able to offer campus housing in the residence halls to incoming undergraduate students. If you are arriving prior to your residence hall move-in date, you may be able to stay in September Temporary Housing.
Visit the Housing and Residential Services web page to find out more about UCSB's housing options. They are specialists and very willing to help you.
Off Campus Housing
For housing off-campus (scholars or faculty) the UCSB Community Housing Office can assist you in locating private accommodations off campus.
Isla Vista is a residential area adjacent to UCSB and tends to be more expensive than nearby Goleta because it is within walking distance of campus. UCSB's Associated Students Pardall Center compiled a list of leasing companies in Isla Vista.
If you are considering off-campus housing, be sure to consider options near bus stops. Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District (MTD) has information about bus routes and UCSB's Transportation and Parking Services has information about bus passes for students, faculty, and staff.
If you are thinking of bringing a car, keep in mind that there is a fee to park on campus (information about parking permits here).
Most rentals will require the first and last months' rent and a security deposit before you can move in.
The UCSB AS Legal Resource Center is a great resource as well. They can help with security deposit disputes, evictions, habitability situations, lease review and landlord/tenant questions.
Housing for Short-Term Visits
(please visit website and call to confirm pricing and availability):
West Campus Cottages
The Club & Guest House (on campus hotel)
- UCSB Police Department – (805) 893-3446
- Lost and Found
- IV Foot Patrol – (805) 681-4179
- UCSB Community Service Organization (CSO) Program
- Early morning and evening safety escorts – (805) 893-2000
- Bicycle Registration
- CARE Program (Campus Advocacy Resources and Education) – (805) 893-4613
- Stalking, dating violence, and sexual assault
- General Emergencies – 911 for OFF campus; 9-911 for ON campus
- UCSB Alert System – You can register online to receive emergency notifications