Local Atmosphere

Santa Barbara, CA
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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The city of Santa Barbara is great, but you quickly run out of things to do if you don't have a car.

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5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Besides the extremely high cost of living, Santa Barbara is paradise. Surfing, beach volleyball, kayaking, running, biking, hiking, it has everything. Not to mention the beautiful mountains, gorgeous ocean, and perfectly sunny weather. There is a number of museums, shopping on State Street, concerts, movie theaters, bowling, dancing, rock climbing, you name it. Nearly anything someone could want to do, SB has it.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Santa Barbara is such a fun college town! From the beautiful beaches and pier, to tooons of great restaurants (I think SB has one of the highest restaurants/people ratios in the country!), to nearby hiking/more outdoorsy options, to all the fantastic arts and community events all over, and of course the always fun State Street, there's never a shortage of things to do! With UCSB and Santa Barbara City College in the area as well, there are always students around to give the town a fun vibe.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Santa Barbara is a fantastic place for a college as there are numerous amounts of interesting restaurants and coffee shops along a strip known as State Street. The retail shops are also plentiful and I have no problem spending a day shopping there with my friends. To top it all off, my college is five minutes away from the beach and almost ten away from a zoo!

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It must be because the school is overlooking the ocean and Christian moral reinforcements, but the overall atmosphere at Westmont is pretty casual and laid back. State St. is the place to be over the weekends, and with a constant shuttle service from Westmont into town the school makes it very easy to blend with the city.

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Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 12 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 15 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 13% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 20% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 40% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 27% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 14 responses

  • 14% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 36% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 50% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 14 responses

  • 7% No way.
  • 50% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 43% Totally.
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