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Reviews 3149 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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2 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: All the restaurants are expensive and close way too early for a college town.

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4 College Junior

Greek Life: I've been to some Greek houses and the rooms are nice and homey but I would not join a Greek club.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: I have numerous friends that aren't asian.

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3 College Junior

Scholarships: I wish I got more money because rent is so expensive in Isla Vista.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I never seen security but I feel safe.

2 College Junior

Athletics: The facilities is worse than the 24 hour fitness

2 College Junior

Transportation: It's not that great so I rarely use it.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Rent is way too expensive for students! Those greedy landlords!

3 College Junior

Computers: There is no computer lab due to construction...

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I see it everyday but it's not overly used.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: no experience but it's very present and popular. i've heard the initiation process is time consuming and difficult

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: You get a free printing allotment every quarter and there are lots of spacious labs with tech

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I don't participate, but I've heard we have the best parties of any UC or any campus in general. Not alot of drugs, lots of alcohol.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Appealing a financial aid decision is a huge headache and the process moves very slowly. Nonetheless, my appeal outcome was generally favorable.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Not strict at all. Though I've never witnessed it, I've had professors complain that students go to class in bikinis. Campus itself is very safe.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Unless you live in Goleta or Santa Barbara, you don't interact with locals for the most part, so I can't really comment on that aspect. Isla Vista is mostly full of city college and UCSB students mixed with low-income families and individuals.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Expensive, unsafe, and parking is an absolute nightmare.

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: They are very lenient in matters where it's simply students having a bit of fun. So long as no one is endangering themselves or others the school tends to be quite accommodating.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are lots of food options nearby, but they're all very expensive. A Blaze pizza just opened and is now the cheapest place to eat. Taste of the food varies, some places are good. Grocery stores are expensive too, and there are no chain groceries in Isla Vista (i.e Albertsons).

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: You will never struggle finding something to do over the weekend, unless it's dead week.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Permits cost a fortune but it is usually not too difficult to find a good spot. Off campus parking puts your car at risk of having your mirrors broken or a drunken biker riding into the side.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The bus system is pretty good and free for students. It takes you to the nearest shopping centers and downtown santa barbara quickly.

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