Santa Barbara, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$36,549 ($13,671)
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5 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses and Bikes Are the Best Options – The main modes of transportation, depending on where you need to go, would be via bikes or buses. Getting to various places on campus is best navigated on bikes considering the well built bike paths throughout campus. Going places around the school or the city of Santa Barbara usually requires the use of buses. Transportation via buses is a very reliable and free method at UCSB.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: The nightlife at UCSB ranges from on campus activities, fun in the nearby downtown, or parties in the college community very close by. The near by downtown of Santa Barbara offer many nightlife options for those whom are under the age of 21. If time, money and transportation are limited, the best solution would be walking to the nearby college community for house parties or head on campus for the many music performances or theater acts.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: While there are only a few good restaurants in IV, Freebirds (if you want to pay 13 bucks for a burrito), and a couple others have pretty good food.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Everybody you know at UCSB likely lives within a several minute bike ride from you. The community is very compact with thousands of college students living in a tiny span of ten or so blocks. This makes it very easy to hang out with friends and go to a social events on the drop of a dime! If a friend calls you over, there is no need to drive a car or hop on the bus. You can just peddle or walk on over and be there in minutes!

4 College Junior

Weather: Santa Barbara does get a fair share of rain, wind, and fog- but what beach town doesn't. For the most part the sun shines daily, without getting too hot or too chilly.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: The dorms at UCSB are all pretty sweet! There's a good chance that you will get an ocean view from your window, and their proximity to each other ensures that you will make friends from other dorm halls. Residence Halls tend to be fairly social but without many 'parties' held in rooms- the majority of the party scene occurs in the community adjacent to UCSB- a walking distance from all of the dormitories. The best option for housing is hard to say; it truly depends on what you're looking for. Do you want a bathroom in your suite? Or is a community restroom okay? Do you want a co-ed floor? There are so many factors that go into deciding which hall is for you.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: UCSB has a fantastic soccer team, it is definitely the most popular sport on campus. UCSB does NOT have a football team, so if you are looking for football culture, look elsewhere. Soccer games are extremely fun and UCSB has broken multiple records for attendance. UCSB is also the birthplace of ultimate frisbee. Many students participate in intramural sports, of which there are a variety.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Exciting, Varied Atmosphere – IV is a great college town! There are always lots of events as well as places to eat and hang out. IV is almost entirely UCSB students so everything is marketed and targeted at us. People are very friendly and open.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Rather Live in Isla Vista – As with most students living here would agree the best place to live is in Isla Vista, which is a densely populated student community next to campus. That being said campus life is not bad, just doesn't have as much of a social atmosphere.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The dining halls are reserved for freshman therefore the other students don't take part. The food is above average. On campus food is available, but it is a bit pricey. However there are a lot of off campus food places within walking distance next to the school in Isla Vista.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Top of the Line – The campus facilities are outstanding. The library has a huge selection of books. There are endless fields to play sports on and a wide range of gyms that include basketball, volleyball, pools, rock climbing, hockey, and many more sports. Campus activities are also very easy to be involved in.

4 College Freshman

Weather: There is usually v ery nice weather not to hot because we are so close to the beach. It does get cold at night and from time to time it rains but not very much from what I have recently experienced.

3 College Freshman

Parking: There are a lot of parking lots on campus which of ocurse you have to have a permit or pay for but most students walk, skate or most importantly bike to class.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Cost of Dorms! The most expensive thing on my bill was the cost of dorming. This is about four thousand a quarter which was surprising! Although I guess that this covers light and power, water and meal expenses.

2 College Senior

Overall Experience: expensive the most expensive part is cost of living classes and tuition are reasonable but the dorm/off campus living is ridiculously high almost 800 dollars a month for college students to share rooms

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: university of santa barbara is very fair, if you put your self in the postion to achieve academic success the chances of an unfair decision being made toward you is small

3 College Senior

Computers: the computer at the college are greats almost enough computers to satisfy every student with appropriate time management. It is never an acceptable excuse to have not done an computer assignment due to lack of having a computer. more so due to not having the right software on a computer

3 College Junior

Diversity: The majority of the students and faculty seem to be white, but there also seems to be an increasingly good mix of other races about.

4 College Senior

Nightlife: If you are under 21, there are hundreds of house parties to choose from in IV. If you are 21, you can take Bills Bus to downtown state st from IV for $10 roundtrip instead of getting a DD. There you can find bars and clubs, Madisons has good cheap drinks, Joe's has very strong drinks, and Sandbar, Wild Cat, and Tonic are good places to go and dance

4 College Senior

Athletics: Almost everyone at UCSB keeps in shape by doing a sport, going to the gym, or running along the beach. The men's soccer team is very good and has a lot of fan support, as well as the men and women's basketball teams. There are many club and IM sports you can play, and the gym is pretty huge with several pools and a hot tub. We also have a rock climbing wall and roller hockey rink.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: I Love It! UCSB has really opened up my eyes. I have met great people here and have learned so many things that I feel will benefit me in my future.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Drinking Is Definitely More Popular – People are definitely way more into drinking here at UCSB.

5 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: public transportation in sb is awesome. you don't need a car when you got the bus

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: sororities and frats get a lot of recognition on our campus. they host the events, throw the parties. people like to be liked, i guess greek life is one of the ways of achieving that.

4 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Party in Sb – man oh man. where to begin. i'm only 19, so it's rare that i can enter any club nearby. but that doesn't keep me from going out. you can find parties ANYWHERE. the atmosphere is electric, and if you're responsible enough and stay in control you'll have nothing but good times.


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Louie Tamayo
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Ask practically any UCSB student, and he or she can give you a long list of things they love about the University, along with a few things they wish they could change. For the most part, UCSB is a college student’s haven with great academics, world-renowned professors, not to mention the great weather and laid-back atmosphere, and lastly who can forget the social scene? Some students describe Santa Barbara as paradise, but for those who quickly get over it and need a getaway, LA is a short one-hour drive south, while San Francisco is only four hours north. There are hidden treasures in Santa Barbara that you can explore and take advantage of while living there.

Do not let the weather and social scene cloud your judgment and decisions—take a deeper look at the school and ask the students. Chances are, the parties are not at the top of their list. Most students fall in love with their internships, clubs and organizations, and research work that prepare them for the real world. The most successful students are those who find a balance between academics and social life. The temptation to blow off school is present wherever you go, so the students pay extra attention to the work they produce. Overall, UCSB is the type of school that produces people that employers are seeking. You will find your fellow peers to be sociable and well-rounded in and out of the workplace. So although you may not get to experience game days like you would at a football school, there is nothing better than being able to catch a quick "surf sesh" before and after your class.

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