Transportation

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

Transportation: it's usually reliable but can become packed at times.

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2 College Junior

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

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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3 College Freshman

Transportation: The taxis are expensive. Bus fare is more than I've been used to but luckily our student ID allows us to take the buses for free but they come about every half hour. I think they should come more frequently.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The local transportation gets you where you need to go. There is a train stop not too far away and in downtown. The greyhound is in downtown and there is an airport very close by.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 91st
    Best Campus Transit
  • 179th
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 1334th
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Louie Tamayo
Hometown
Long Beach
Major
Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
Grad Year
2012
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Being car-less during your first year at UCSB is possible—and don’t worry—you won't be alone. Most students choose not to bring a car for their first year because they don’t want to worry about the stress of parking and paying for a parking permit. The most popular mode of transportation is by bike, with more than 14,000 bikes cycling through campus on a given day. For those who don’t like to bike, the campus is fairly flat, and it takes 15 minutes to walk from one end of the campus to another. If you do happen to bring your car, you’ll appreciate the convenience of being able to go grocery shopping, drive to work, or go home for the weekend. However, if you’re one of the few people with a car, be prepared to have your friends ask you for rides.

One of the most underutilized forms of transportation is the bus system, which takes students to campus, off campus, and downtown. The bus system is clean, reliable, and, best of all, free. The one downside to riding the bus: You have to plan your schedule around that of the bus, but if you’re like most college students and run on your own time, you’re better off bringing a bike. Bike theft is the most common crime on campus, so remember to bring your bike lock—you’ll be thankful you did.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bike
  • Chip in for gas and borrow your friend's car
  • Start walking—use the beach as your reference point, and you can find practically everything. However, you should know that the coast curves, so sometimes the ocean is south, and sometimes it is west.
  • Take the bus.
  • Zipcar, 24/7 access to a car at a low cost for students
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
The airport is actually next to campus. Convince your roommate to drive you.
Did You Know?
All bus transportation is free with a valid UCSB ID and a registration sticker.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

CSO (Community Service Organization) Escort Program
(805) 893-2000
Daily 24 hours

Public TransitWhat's This?

MTD Bus

Schedules are on all the buses. They don't run very late at night, so be sure to plan ahead.

(805) 963-3366 transit center

(805) 963-3364 business office

550 Olive St.

www.sbmtd.gov

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Santa Barbara Airport

It can sometimes be considerably less expensive to fly out of LAX or Burbank airports.

500 Fowler Road

(805) 967-7111

www.flysba.com

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

This airport is about two hours from campus.

1 World Way, Los Angeles

(310) 646-5252

www.lawa.org/welcomelax.aspx

Bob Hope Airport

Burbank is about an hour and 45 minutes from campus.

2627 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank

(818) 840-8840

www.burbankairport.com

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound

This station is just a 15-minute drive from campus.

224 Chapala St.

(805) 965-7551

www.greyhound.com

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak

This station is just a 15-minute drive from campus.

209 State St.

(800) 872-7245

www.amtrak.com

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 151 responses

  • 7% Nonexistent.
  • 1% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 7% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 30% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 56% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 151 responses

  • 2% You can't have a car here.
  • 17% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 78% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 3% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 1% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 151 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 3% Fairly difficult.
  • 52% Fairly easy.
  • 46% Very easy.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 151 responses

Non-applicable
Free
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 150 responses

Non-applicable
Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 150 responses

Non-applicable
Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing
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