The neighboring area adjacent to the UCSB campus known as Isla Vista—or "IV" for short—is a student-packed, square-mile town. Isla Vista is made up of small shops, restaurants, houses, and apartment complexes, and has a very local feel. Most residents are UCSB and city college students, and they can be seen roaming the streets on the weekends. Perhaps the most notorious and well-known part of Isla is the last street called Del Playa (DP), located on the cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Del Playa is the place to be on the weekends, with parties happening every weekend. Without a doubt, Isla Vista is one of the most unique and fun places most people will ever visit. Where else can you study on the beach, go for a run on the cliffs, party hop from door to door, and run into all of your friends when grabbing food late at night?
Apart from the social scene, Santa Barbara is known for its beautiful beaches and mountains, with several peaks with scenic backdrops. Devereux and Sands beaches are about a five-minute walk from anywhere in Isla Vista, and the Santa Ynez Mountains are a 15-minute drive down the freeway. Fifteen minutes from UCSB is downtown Santa Barbara, which has plenty of restaurants and shops for one’s choosing, but if you want to stay local, Isla Vista has many inexpensive restaurants, and most don’t close until 2 a.m. any night of the week. There are plenty of things to do throughout your four years at UCSB, but be warned: These may also be distractions. The key thing is to enjoy all of the things Santa Barbara to offer, but in moderation.