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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Having a Car Helps – If you're fine with taking the bus, then you can get around places without a problem. In your tuition you pay for quarterly bus passes so everyone can ride the bus. Having a car does make things easier, but if you venture out you can find other ways to get around. Bikes are what most people use to get to campus for class and into IV where most people live.

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: If You Want It, You Can Find It – Isla Vista is as crazy as people think. If you are looking for crazy parties or people to smoke with, then look no further than Del Playa. It is easy to get a hold of drugs, alcohol, and people who will drink and get high with you.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Sleepy City, Crazy Town – Santa Barbara is a beautiful place, but lacks affordable options for college students. There are hundreds of shops and attractions, but the cost of everything is much higher than the average college student can afford. The best thing to do is to go to the beach because it's usually sunny and free! Isla Vista is the main source of entertainment for students. As long as your not paying for the drinks at the parties, it's free entertainment.

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Friendly Neighborhood – Isla Vista is beautiful, located on the beach, very small so easy to get around and you get to know more people, and you are very close to campus no matter where you are. The houses are average in quality but you are paying for the beach front property so it is hard to complain. There are always tons of activities and people playing ball on the streets. Great atmosphere.

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5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Students here at Santa Barbara have a great time. There's house parties every weekend but when there's midterms parties seem to settle down but you always have a great time in Santa Barbara. Also you don't need transportation because everything is walking distance.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The School Spirit Is Awesome! Our is school has alot of fan support and the school spirit is great. The soccer games are great and the soccer team is one of the best in their league.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Labs Are Very Accessible – The computer labs at Santa Barbara are great. Also you have access to computers in the library and the internet is fast. You could also print at the the library and at the computer labs so is very convenient.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Supportive and Entertaining – Soccer is huge at UCSB. Our men's soccer team is very successful and the fans enjoy attending the games. Our men's and women's basketball team had winning seasons. Our Baseball team is respectable. Overall, our school is well-rounded with men's soccer being our strength.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Majority White – The majority of our campus is white, but there are still many different races enjoying UCSB. Every religion is prominent on campus. Every one has there own political beliefs that can be very different or very similar to others. Sexuality is open and respected.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Nothing but Perfect – The University of California, Santa Barbara is gifted with an off-campus housing area known as Isla Vista. This is where student life flourishes. The weather is wonderful, the beaches are beautiful, and the people are positive. It is the perfect life for a college student.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Way of Life – UC Santa Barbara has been dubbed a party school for a reason. There are parties every day of the week and people are constantly going out. Many people can balance their social life and academics without having to sacrifice too much. It's easy to get wrapped up in wanting to always partying but don't let it greatly affect your studies. If you're smart about it, you can balance both.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Res Halls – Most of the Freshman res halls are super close to class. The newest res hall, Santa Catalina, is about a mile off campus and you'll definitely need a bike if you live there. The on campus res halls aren't too bad. Some of the buildings are older but they are okay overall. I personally lived in a triple and had a great time. I had less space but I also paid less than a lot of people.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: One of the benefits of being a student at UCSB, is that all students get free transportation by just showing the access card to the bus driver. Busses run almost like 15 minutes so it's always convenient.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: On Campus Life is Amazing – Living on campus is truly amazing, all the dorm are unique each with it's own theme floors. Some of the dorm are quite small, but all have spectacular views. Living on campus makes life easier, just because your closer to all your resources it is also an excellent way to get to know your fellow classmates.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safety First – At the University of California Santa Barbara I have always felt safe. There's a sheriff's department just a few blocks away from the campus and if you ever need someone to escort you during the night there is always the Cso that you can call. But, definetly keep your doors locked at all times because there have been cases of theft.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Financial aid was very fustrating as an incoming freshman. It took forever for them to answer the phone, but when they did my problems were fix fairly quickly. Now, as a sophomore I haven't needed to call them for any problems and my aid was distributed already before I knew it.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are several restuarants and fast food places and are open late nights. They offer students discounts as well.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The campus itself feels safe. It's a pretty big place but you're usually surrounded by a lot of students. The campus police is near when needed

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Good Professors – I'm a Psychology Major and all the professors I've had so far have been really good.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Depends Which Dining Common – Some of the dining commons are definitely better than others. Carillo has the best food and service while ever where else is pretty hit and miss.

4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: When going to UCSB I was talking with a roommate of mine about how hot the girls are in this campus and he told me that the city college has hotter girls. I had went there once and didn't see any, so I disregarded it but when I took a course in Film Production and Communication at the college it was like being hit by a freakin train. The Swedish Bikini team comes to school here, I actually lived in Sweden when I was a child, my cusin's wife is swedish so stayed with them at Uppsala which is like SLO Cal Poly very college town and the girls there are not as hot as these girls. I love UCSB but SBCC has much hotter girls than UCSB.

3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Is Where You Park? I think You still can park on the parking structure at UCSB when you buy the Quarterly Pass and walk or bike to Isla Vista if you live there, You can also park at Isla Vista and bike to school every day, but its hard to find parking in the school year and if you have a nice car watch it there are plenty of drunks rooming at night that your car might be scratched, kicked, windshields broken, stuff stolen. Yeah don't leave valuable's in your car, There are not only college students who live there, their are low income families, and a fair amount of homeless people who reside. Parking situation is better in summer, because most of the population has left back home.

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Louie Tamayo
Hometown
Long Beach
Major
Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
Grad Year
2012
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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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