Santa Barbara, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$36,549 ($13,671)
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5 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is one of the greatest parts of living in Santa Barbara. It rarely rains.

4 College Freshman

Weather: it's mostly warm and sunny, but the weather changes really quickly throughout the day. In the morning it's cold, and then it gets warm in the evening, and then at night it gets cold again.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Some days, it can be foggy, but most of the time it is bright and sunny.

5 College Freshman

Weather: The beach is literally 500 ft. away from most dorms and apartments on average. It never gets too hot or too cold. There is no place on earth that has better weather.

5 College Freshman

Weather: There is rarely any rain as most of the days comprises of sunshine and slight breezes.


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  • 453rd
    Coldest Winters
  • 492nd
    Hottest Summers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Louie Tamayo
Long Beach
Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
Grad Year
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Nestled in between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Santa Barbara is known as the "American Riviera," primarily due to its Mediterranean climate. Every sunset and sunrise is photo-worthy, and the students do not hesitate to tell you so. The weather is far more favorable than at most colleges, but do not be fooled—it can be bi-polar. While some places experience cold and snow in January, UCSB has bright and sunny days; however, months such as June, bring “June Gloom,” which can typically mean fog and cold—bummer. For the most part, the good weather outweighs the bad weather, and students don’t seem to mind.

Overall, most students cannot complain about Santa Barbara weather. People at UCSB dress like it’s summer every day, with guys and girls donning tanks and shorts almost year-round. Whether it’s cold or not, always pack a sweater or two for the few times out of the year when the temperature drops a couple of degrees.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 68 °F
Spring - Low: 52 °F
Summer - High: 74 °F
Summer - Low: 60 °F
Fall - High: 72 °F
Fall - Low: 55 °F
Winter - High: 65 °F
Winter - Low: 47 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 1.57 in./month
Summer: 0.04 in./month
Fall: 0.76 in./month
Winter: 3.82 in./month
What to Pack
  • Raincoat and rain boots for the few times it may rain
  • Sweater for the cold days
  • Swimsuit
  • Tanks
Did You Know?
This stretch of coast along Southern Santa Barbara County is often referred to as the "American Riviera" because its geography and similar climate to that of the French and Italian rivieras.


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