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)
Other costs to consider:
Utility costs (for gas, electricity, and cable) average $100.00 per month for apartments. Water and trash service are usually included in the rent.
Food: Costs will vary depending on how often you cook or dine out. There are many options for markets or restaurants near campus. You should budget at least $400/month for food.
Transportation: Students usually bike or walk to campus from Isla Vista. MTD bus service is free to registered students. Faculty or visiting scholars can purchase bus passes. If you choose to drive, you must have a California Driver's License and liability insurance.
Start-up costs may include utility deposits, household necessities, and linens. Most apartments in Isla Vista, Goleta, and Santa Barbara are unfurnished.