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Reviews 3586 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's pretty easy to find off campus housing and there's an entire website dedicated to it. However, students have to be fairly proactive in finding their housing and do it on their own.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a great number of restaurants super close to campus, but they are mostly of the same cuisine and eating out gets repetitive after a while.

4 College Freshman

Administration: The strictness at school is fairly lax and not very strict but in a good way.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are always a variety of activities that people can participate in on the weekends, and partying is only one option. Though there are plenty of parties, there are definitely other things people can do as well. Partying is a fun way to release the stress of the weak and allow students to have fun. However, if students don't want to it is easily avoidable as well.

College Freshman

Scholarships: I did not receive financial aid at my school, though I did apply for loans. The process was not very difficult though it was not really explained very well anywhere online.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Dining food is alright at best. After eating the same food for three months at a time, it definitely gets repetitive. Though usually its edible, the food is mostly bland and the menu repeats after a few weeks. Ortega's take out is definitely a perk and I wish it was available at all times instead of just breakfast and lunch on weekdays.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing is a bit tight, since three people are forced into a room designed for two, but it is tolerable and everyone is very friendly.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: They're are a lot of options, depending on what you're looking for

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I ended up getting the max amount of aid, but communication at UCSB is awful

College Junior

Campus Housing: I live off campus and always have

College Freshman

Campus Food: I do not eat on campus

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in the university apartments and if they weren't so far off campus they'd be perfect!

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I lived right in the center of IV near all the resturants. I had a great view of the ocean and a diverse group of roommates.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There was a starbucks and also a burger place so I couldn't complain too much.

3 College Senior

Administration: My roommates had all the tickets hanging on their refrigerator from the police for noise violations and parking tickets. The university takes partying and protesting very serious because their have been several issues.

3 College Senior

Party Scene: It depends if your interested. I like to go out sometimes but I would rather just relax with close friends.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: I am still suffering to find scholarships for seniors.

3 College Senior

Campus Food: I think they could have better options. Panda and jamba juice and the best.

College Senior

Campus Housing: I decided to live off-campus because it was closer to the center of the town, it had a better view, and in some casses it was actually closer to the university than the dorms.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Expensive and terrible landlords. Noise isn't regulated very well.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: A lot of varieties and options outside of campus and in IV.

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4 College Junior

Administration: Excellent professors and faculty at UCSB.

1 College Junior

Party Scene: Isla Vista culture condones sexual assault and abuse. I stay away from it.

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Junior

Scholarships: I have never received any financial aid. My education is being paid for out of pocket.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Overly crowded and not well regulated.


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Ask practically any UCSB student, and he or she can give you a long list of things they love about the University, along with a few things they wish they could change. For the most part, UCSB is a college student’s haven with great academics, world-renowned professors, not to mention the great weather and laid-back atmosphere, and lastly who can forget the social scene? Some students describe Santa Barbara as paradise, but for those who quickly get over it and need a getaway, LA is a short one-hour drive south, while San Francisco is only four hours north. There are hidden treasures in Santa Barbara that you can explore and take advantage of while living there.

Do not let the weather and social scene cloud your judgment and decisions—take a deeper look at the school and ask the students. Chances are, the parties are not at the top of their list. Most students fall in love with their internships, clubs and organizations, and research work that prepare them for the real world. The most successful students are those who find a balance between academics and social life. The temptation to blow off school is present wherever you go, so the students pay extra attention to the work they produce. Overall, UCSB is the type of school that produces people that employers are seeking. You will find your fellow peers to be sociable and well-rounded in and out of the workplace. So although you may not get to experience game days like you would at a football school, there is nothing better than being able to catch a quick "surf sesh" before and after your class.

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