Health & Safety

Santa Barbara, CA
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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: As with all big schools, incidents happen. I wouldn't say UCSB is any different

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I personally feel safe walking home at 3am, even as a young woman. Everyone looks out for one another here. Of course, someone f***s things up once in a while.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are many precautions that can be taken for individuals to avoid these situations.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I have only personally visited the Student Health Center once since I have attended UCSB and I enjoyed it. All of the workers were very nice and were helpful. I believe our health and safety on and off campus is very good because we have never had major problems. Even if our school contains a certain sickness, we have the opportunity to get vaccination shots at many different times. Also, our school provides a safety escort service 24/7 as well as very lit pathways and streets. There are on campus cops that help keep the community safe and secure. I feel like UCSB is a very safe campus and healthy campus because I never have to worry about sicknesses or getting injured.

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4 College Student

Health & Safety: There is a bad reputation that comes from the school but being smart will get you out of most situations.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 112nd
    Best Student Health Center
  • 264th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 1089th
    Safest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Louie Tamayo
Long Beach
Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
Grad Year
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Many students say they feel relatively safe at UCSB; however, you have to watch out for bike theft and car vandalism. The campus has partnerships with the University of California Police Department and employs several safety escorts to patrol campus during the late hours, so there is never a reason to not feel safe. UCSB safety services are easily accessible and can be found within dorms and student hot spots—just be careful you are not caught doing anything illegal.

Overall, the campus provides services that ensure all students feel safe; however, that cannot be fully said for Isla Vista. Several incidents of sexual assault and alcohol-related crimes are reported throughout the year, due to the influx of out-of-towners and non-UCSB students. The best advice is to stay with friends and avoid overly drunken people. If you are ever concerned about your safety, the CSOs (safety escorts) and Isla Vista Foot Patrol are only a call away and respond almost immediately.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 3
  • Arson: 2
  • Burglary: 29
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 3
  • Sex Offenses: 4
  • Vehicle Theft: 2
Security Office
UCSB Police Department
Public Safety Building, 574
(805) 893-3446
Safety Services
  • Bike registration
  • Emergency medical response
  • Safety escorts
  • Women's center and rape prevention services
Health Center
Student Health Service
Corner of Ocean and El Colegio roads
(805) 893-5361
Monday–Tuesday 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Wednesday 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Thursday 8 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Advice nurse
  • Alcohol and drug counseling
  • Allergy shots
  • Dental care
  • Dermatology
  • Eye care
  • Immunizations
  • Lab services
  • Minor surgery
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Orthopedics
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical therapy
  • Primary care
  • Psychological services
  • STD testing
  • Travel medicine
  • Urgent care
  • Women's health
  • X-Rays
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • Also, you can get bikes for cheap at IV's own Bike Auction. For more info, contact the Campus Security Office at (805) 893-3446.
  • You can register your bike with the Campus Security Officers. If your bike is stolen, they will attempt to find it for you—they have a 30 percent recovery rate.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 166 responses

  • 17% Theft/robberies
  • 16% Excessive drinking
  • 13% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 10% Criminal activity near campus
  • 9% Walking alone
  • 9% Drugs
  • 8% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Unlit pathways
  • 4% None
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Gang violence
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 166 responses

  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 10% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 12% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 22% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 55% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 166 responses

  • 4% We have campus police?
  • 5% Not very visible.
  • 17% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 58% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 16% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 166 responses

  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 17% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 48% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 34% Extremely safe and secure on campus.


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