Campus Housing

Location
Santa Barbara, CA
Undergrads
18,318
Tuition (in-state)
$36,549 ($13,671)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Student

Campus Housing: I enjoy the rooming the campus has to offer. It is a large campus so make sure to know your means of transportation.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It's very over priced, but the Santa Catalina dorms are very nice.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It depends on what dorm you're living in and who your roommates are.

3 College Junior

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

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Its not the best because of the messy people in the dorms.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 20th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 104th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 650th
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 1094th
    Shortest Walk to Class

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Louie Tamayo
Hometown
Long Beach
Major
Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
Grad Year
2012
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Like any other college, you are going to enjoy being placed within walking distance of hundreds of other freshmen. Living on campus is highly recommended, and more than 95 percent of freshmen live in the dorms or residence halls. Each residence hall has a unique vibe, and all are located conveniently five minutes from the beach. The dorms are the first steps to forming friendships and meeting new people in college, so do not pass up the opportunity and lock yourself up in your room. Many students claim the best dorms to meet people at are Santa Catalina, located a mile from campus in the West Campus area, and Anacapa and Santa Cruz are other best bets. All in all, each dorm has new students like you waiting to make friends, but just steer clear of San Rafael and some parts of Manzanita which house continuing students who probably already have their own set of friends and are not too eager to meet bright-eyed freshmen.

UCSB dorms are all located on campus, with Santa Catalina one mile down the road. Housing selection is based on random assignments; however, UCSB sends out a housing questionnaire that asks your lifestyle preferences and tries to match you up with someone of similar interests. The survey also has you list your preference for living—but don’t get your hopes high because you may or may not get placed in your first choice. Each residence has its negatives and positives, but chances are you are not going to be spending a lot of time in your room.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
7,279
Types of Housing Offered
  • Apartments for married students
  • Apartments for single students
  • Coed dorms
  • Cooperative housing
  • Fraternity/sorority housing
  • Theme housing
  • Wellness housing
Undergrads Living On Campus
33%
Freshmen Living On Campus
96%
Number of Dormitories
8
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
3
Best Freshman Dorms
  • Anacapa Hall
  • Santa Catalina Hall
Best Upperclassman Dorms
Manzanita Village
Worst Freshman Dorms
San Miguel Hall
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
San Rafael Hall
Best Dorms
Manzanita Village
Worst Dorms
San Rafael (mostly transfer students or upperclassmen)
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Bookshelf
  • Closet
  • Desk and chair
  • Drapes
  • Dresser
  • Ethernet and phone hookup options
  • Wastebasket
Also Available
Living Learning Communities allow students to live on floors that promote cultural and educational engagement, lifestyles, and other special interests, such as quiet and substance-free floors.
Did You Know?
  • Campus is immediately adjacent to the beach!
  • The first week of school, the Residence Hall Association puts on activities known as Week of Welcome or "Wow Week," for short. There is a concert put on during this week that showcases very popular talent.
  • Space in campus residence halls is guaranteed for two years, and if you stay on campus for that time, you are also guaranteed space in University apartments for two more years.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Anacapa Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 250–499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Classroom, computer lab, laundry facilities, rec room, study lounges, TV lounge, vending machines; close to outdoor patio, volleyball nets, and ocean
Manzanita Village
Floors: 3–4
Number of Occupants: 750–999
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Community kitchenette, laundry facilities, lounge with terrace, study room, vending machines
San Miguel Hall
Floors: 8
Number of Occupants: 250–499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Classroom, fitness room, laundry facilities, rec room, study lounges, vending machines; closest to the University Center, ocean/mountain views
San Nicolas Hall
Floors: 8
Number of Occupants: 250–499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Classroom, community kitchen, computer lab, elevator, laundry facilities, rec room, sand volleyball court, study lounges; home to Residence Hall Association
San Rafael Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 500–749
Bathrooms: Communal, suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, suites (doubles)
Special Features: Classroom, community kitchens, computer lab, study lounge, TV lounge, vending machines
Santa Catalina Hall
Floors: 8
Number of Occupants: 1,000+
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Suites (doubles)
Special Features: Community kitchen, outdoor tennis and volleyball courts, patio, study lounge, swimming pool
Santa Cruz Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 250–499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Classroom, community kitchens, laundry facilities, rec room, sand volleyball court, study lounges, TV lounge, vending machines
Santa Rosa Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 250–499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Classroom, conference room, courtyard, fitness center, laundry facilities, rec room, study lounges

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

El Dorado Apartments
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 50–99
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: One- and two-bedroom apartments (doubles)
Special Features: Units include full kitchen, furnished living areas, utilities; complex features laundry facilities, parking, pool
Located at 6667 El Colegio Road at the intersection of Los Carneros Road.
Santa Ynez Apartments
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 100–249
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Two-bedroom apartments (doubles)
Special Features: Units include full kitchen, furnished living areas, utilities; complex features community activities, fitness center, laundry facilities
Located at 6750 El Colegio Road (cross street of Los Carneros Road).
Westgate Apartments
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 25–49
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Studios (singles) and one-bedroom apartments (doubles)
Special Features: Units include full kitchen, furnished living areas, utilities; complex features laundry facilities, pool
Located at 6543 El Colegio Road, adjacent to the west entrance of the UCSB campus.

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