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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Isla Vista is a very expensive place to live but other than university dorms and apartments there is no other option.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: My school is known as a top party school and is very easy to find a party but students still excel in academics.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Nachos from Freebirds, buffalo chicken cheese fries from IV Deli Mart, and Blenders are very tasty.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: The College of Letters and Science is not that great. Do not have the best interest for everyone.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I really need more financial aid, my family could be considered under the poverty line.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The dining commons are great but food sometimes does get repetitive. Other on campus option are alright. We have two Subways but no Starbucks, does not make sense.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Other than the small rooms, living in the campus housing was a great experience.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: IV is a fun place to live but it is expensive and not very nice.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Downtown Santa Barbara has a lot of nice restaurants.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Isla Vista is a great place to meet other kids in college.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: The campus is very strict on students to do their best and try to control the use of illegal activity.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I am still working on getting my financial aide.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are many different options to eat!

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living right next to campus is the best! You can bike to class in under 15 minutes!

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are so many options for off-campus housing. You can choose to live in an off-campus apartment, which is run by the school, or you can lease your own apartment. Isla Vista is basically a giant community of apartments and houses. Depending on what block you live, you can be 30 seconds walking distance or 30 minutes walking distance from campus. Options are endless!

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many options in Isla Vista for food. From Indian food to sushi to hamburgers, all restaurants are pretty cheap and walking-distance from each other. A lot of places are open late on weekends which is really nice for those who need a snack after a night of partying.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: I've never experienced any other college's parties, but I'm assuming UCSB has some of the best. Not just because it's supposedly the number one party school, but because you don't need to go to frat parties to have a good time. There is always some house party that anyone (not just girls, like frat houses) can go to and have fun. It's easy to "party hop" and if a party is disappointing, you can move onto the next house, or the next one, or the next one!

4 College Freshman

Administration: I've never had a problem with the administration. There are seemingly strict rules in place, especially for the dorms, but I think the admin collectively follow the "out of sight out of mine" rule.

College Freshman

Scholarships: I applied for scholarships but did not receive any.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Depending on the dining common, the food can range from pretty good to terrible. Brunch and breakfast are almost always good, although there isn't a big enough selection of fruit. Dinner at Ortega is awful, with overcooked pasta as one of your only options.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are really nice and really conveniently located but the housing plans are a little ridiculous. Not only is it extremely expensive to live even in the cheapest dorm option, but housing costs and bunched together with meal plans meaning that if you live on campus, you are forced to pay for a dining plan. While most students want a dining plan, I think the option to only pay for dorms and not a meal plan should be offered for those who prefer not to eat their meals in the dining commons.

5 College Junior

Academics: For me, the teachers have made my academic experience.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: It's great, but life is centered much more around IV

5 College Junior

Local Area: The UCSB experience is centered around IV, not campus.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: AMAZING school. AMAZING people. AMAZING experience.


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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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