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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

Athletics: The Recreation Center always has new and fun classes to take - from sailing to aerial silks to yoga to ballroom dance. It also has world-class facilities for athletes.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Santa Barbara feels like a tease of Los Angeles. There are a couple of museums, some live music and a few things to do. Most of it costs money which isn't great for being a student. It's the result of being adjacent to a wealthy town, but one side note is that the town itself is pretty clean and beautiful. I've become accustomed to weekend trips just to get out of the monotony of party/drinking in IV which can get pricey. One great aspect though is access to hiking and the beach! Excursion club gives you access to surfboards, paddle boards, climbing trips. If you're into the outdoors it's great.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It doesn't seem too intense. Drug use seems pretty average.

4 College Freshman

Academics: As stated in an earlier review: Art at CCS is great! It's flexible, rigorous. Basically being a part of the program means that they expect you to be serious about what you're doing.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have only lived off-campus in Isla Vista.

Pro: walking/biking distance to both school and the beach.

Con: far from everything else. Loud. Dangerous at times. Landlords seem generally helpless against noise.

Cost: 600-800 per month for a shared space. Often close to the beach.

Parking: cars are frequently (every night) vandalized by drunk partiers. Mirrors, glass and antennas often smashed. Also, you cannot drive to school before 5 pm if you live in Isla Vista.

Safety: there is a number to call to be walked home at night by another student if you feel unsafe. Otherwise, Isla Vista has growing to do in this area. Residents seem pretty apathetic to lack of safety in exchange for the party climate, and it's not rare for music to be blasting past the 11 pm cut off. Multiple brutal crimes by outside people have occurred in past months.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: Being an Art Major at UCSB it's great to be a part of the College of Creative Studies program. It allows for maximum flexibility, grants access to graduate-level classes and the grades are given as units rather than letters. This is appropriate for creative fields and even the creative-minded in Math and Physics. Students are exposed to the range: Creative Studies classes themselves are intimate (often 10 per class) while classes we take in the other schools are larger as per the classic UC.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I interned for an artist-professor and it was akin to one of the best classes I've taken. Interning is working in the world under the topic you're most interested in. I was awarded units for learning to do what I am passionate about. I worked on the installation of a show for a national museum, and spent many hours doing hands-on work while learning about the process from those who do it professionally.

Having started school later than others, I highly recommend a school internship. It showed me that I do indeed want to be a part of the world that I have chosen to invest my education in.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: There are busses every 15 minutes that run through Isla Vista. They are a great option for non-drivers who aren't comfortable getting around by themselves. The entire span of the South end of campus to the North end of IV can be walked in about 30 minutes so nothing is too far. There is a HUGE bike culture - everyone rides a bike to class and there are even "bike rush hour" times.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants in Isla Vista are not cheap, but there is a variety of options. There is an organic Food Co-Op in Isla Vista that is pricey but healthy, a Costco and Albertsons not too far away, and a Trader Joe's 5 minutes away by car. New restaurants seem to sprout up monthly along Pardall (the main street in IV) and there are plenty of options for ~$10-12 meals.

3 College Freshman

Administration: I don't live on campus, so this pertains to my experience of Isla Vista. Because it is a college town that's isolated from the rest of Santa Barbara, there seems to be a targeted increase in crime from external gangs which makes IV feel less and less safe. You can't park on campus before 5pm if you live in Isla Vista (must be traveling farther to get a parking pass) and therefore travel to and from school in the afternoons/evenings is a chore for students who do not feel safe traveling alone. IV feels chaotic at times.

There is a program that all students are required to participate in called Gaucho FYI which is informative about the myths of alcohol, and this student-lead program works pretty well in acquainting impressionable college students with their new environment.

Academically, I am part of the College of Creative Studies which allows for maximum academic flexibility. We only need to fulfill a certain number of requirements, and do not need to fulfill as many prerequisites as other schools within UCSB. This works incredibly well because the path to our degree is more customized to our interests and fuels our independence.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: They have SB Menus, which is great, but then it can get pricey with the delivery fee and all

3 College Freshman

Transportation: I mean you can get around town by the bus, but it takes time and there's not much to really do.

3 College Freshman

Administration: In some areas, it's more strict than others, but the campus is relatively lenient because the school is known to be a party school.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: There needs to be more assistance with getting financial aid because just because we're 18 or older now does not mean that we automatically know all the steps to getting financial aid and the secret aids that no one tells us about in the first place.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing isn't bad, but the cost is expensive, and the classes are somewhat far depending on where it is at.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: It's fun, but there needs to be more security for the safety of students as well

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not part of the Greek life so I wouldn't know much about it, but that they party a lot and sometimes do community service related events

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's livable, but not like the best quality there is for housing.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: There is some diversity on the campus, but not much

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Most people that attend this school are athletic, and if not, is influenced to be sooner or later to workout and live to be healthy and fit.

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.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: The food could be improved by a lot. I know there they are trying to be sustainable, but the taste of sustainable food doesn't have to be so poor. The school scenery is great though.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I am not really involved in athletics, but we do have a good rec-cen and a fantastic soccer team.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am actually planning on going Greek. I feel like it provides the opportunity to get connected to the school and do more philanthropy and just be more involved overall.

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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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