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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Isla Vista Is the Place to Be! Restaurants in Isla Vista are quite convenient! Although the Mexican food at Rosarito's let me down, the other restaurants (such as Sushiya) were off the hook! And the campus coupon book got me some sweet deals too!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Delicious & Nutritious – There are 4 different dinning commons, all available for students with meal plans. Although the menu options may become repetitive if you only visit one dinning common, there are always more options at the other 3! The food is so delicious, it can be very easy to get carried away and end up with the Freshman 15. Nevertheless, the food is always great and the dessert is exceptional (especially for lunch!).

3 College Sophomore

Technology: Only Busy During Finals Week – It's not a big problem if you don't own a computer at UCSB - but it's definitely more convenient if you do. The labs have good hours, but sometimes they have class in them, and you definitely can't pull an all nighter there. Laptop recommended, but labs are great if you need to print! You get a ton of free pages.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Stay in on Sundays – The bus system is great - except on Sundays or late night. Jeez! Other than that, show your ID with the bus sticker, and you can go anywhere and everywhere you need to go in the surrounding areas.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: We have a beautiful library, a well equipped gym, and a student center that's got plenty of food as well as study spaces. Campus activities, including concerts and shows, are always excellent, and campus itself is beautiful. UCSB can't be beat when it comes to resources and a naturally beautiful environment, that's for sure!

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Depends how you roll – Marijuana use is prevalent and I've been to parties where I've witnessed hard drugs being abused as well. "Study drugs" can be popular too come finals week. That being said, your safety is really up to you. It is easily available so if you use drugs, there is obviously risk involved. But if you abstain from drug use, then you'll be safe.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: More genuine than you'd expect – I never thought I'd join a sorority, but after meeting genuine people in greek life I decided to rush and I am so glad I did.

Only about 10% of the campus is greek which is nice because it's big enough that you can join and have tons of fun, but also small enough that you don't have to join one to have a good time.

Some people make it their identity and only are friends with people in their house. Most of us however, just use it as a way to meet new people, and are friends with just as many non-greeks as well.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Don't Need a Car – To get across campus or Isla Vista, students either walk, bike, or longboard. The only time I go somewhere is to go downtown or to the train station and the bus system is free for students and only takes about 20 minutes.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: Lots of Spaces Available, Just Really Expensive – There are several parking garages throughout campus, but it'll cost you hundreds of dollars each quarter which is why most students don't bring their cars. To be honest though you don't really need one because the bus system is free for all students and takes you downtown or to the airport/train station/etc. and Isla Vista is within walking distance.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Best Way to Meet Other Freshmen, Loved It. 98% of freshmen live on campus, so it's your best option and you're so close to campus it's really convenient. The RAs are usually pretty lenient and only write you up for drinking/drugs/etc. if you're obvious about it or bothering other people. There are fun, free events such as laser tag, movie night, free pizza/in-n-out, etc. I met some of my best friends while living in the dorm my freshman year and some of the greatest memories were made there. On-campus housing is available after your freshman year, but most students opt to live in Isla Vista apartments.

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is fantastic. Mornings tend to be fairly gloomy since it's so close to the beach, but around noon, the sun is out and creates a nice atmosphere. Temp ranges from 60 to 75 degrees F.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Guys Are Average. The guys are average, some a little better than average. After a while, they tend to look the same: tan, blonde, surfer/skater-type. Nothing spectacular. Occasionally, it's possible to come across a really hot guy. All in all, the guys are good looking but after seeing the same type of guy all the time, it gets boring.

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: Sun, Sun, Sun. You live right by the beach which makes the location superb, however, make sure to bring sunscreen because it can be very sunny. Do note that it can get pretty overcast in the mornings but will burn off around noon.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Santa Barbs/Islavista and Goleta – We have the beach and mountains. Downside is retirement = high prices

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I would suggest living in the campus housing for your first year. It's very practical and helps you in meeting new people and making new friends. Also it helps to be close to campus to be able to navigate around the school and go to your classes.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: They run up until 12am on weekdays.
They help you get to your classes, you will be sure to find a bus that will take you to your class. Only problem is sometimes they get full.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Good Food – The food here is pretty good and there are lots of options not only within each common but also among the different dining commons. I recommend checking the dining menus online to find which dining common is serving the food you want to have or food you don't like. At times the menu can get repetitive or there's not really anything that good being served. Overall, good food and options but try not too go overboard since it's buffet style!

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Buses on Buses on Buses – There are always buses running from campus to downtown Santa Barbara. This provides wonderful transportation for students without cars to get to train stations, shops, and beaches.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Djs on DP – From local bars to house parties, DJs make UCSB nightlight. Underage, as well as 21 and over, students walking around on a Friday or Saturday night can hear Disc Jockeys dropping beats from houses in all directions. They create the perfect atmosphere for dancing in driveways, hallways, and especially downtown clubs.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: It's mostly sunny here, but it does get cloudy and windy at times since we're right by the ocean. It rains every now and then so bring an umbrella and many girls bring there rain boots. For the most part really nice beach weather, just windy/breezy at times.

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4 College Sophomore

Administration: Strictness Not Constricting – If you are caught breaking one of the policies, then you will get written up, put on academic probation, fined, etc depending on the situation. The policies and rules are pretty reasonable thoughout from course work to biking to dorms and so on. While the rules are upheld, there are a few instances where you can slide for minor things depending on who the enforcer is at the time. My advice is don't be overly obvious and pratically asking to get busted and you'll be fine.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Comfortable College Nook That I Will Always Remember. While my experience has involved challenges such as being robbed, adjusting to tuition increases, and having less courses available, my time at UCSB has nonetheless been memorable and satisfying. Successfully entering the major of my choice and working closely with staff to help with university productions, I found many opportunities readily available and my college community so warm and supportive. Living close to friends and working within proximity, I've worked hard throughout my college years and have managed to stay afloat despite low finances. Living within close distance of wineries, the pier, the beach, restaurants, concert venues, theaters and so much more, I've also had many opportunities to enjoy my time here. I will never forget the rich experience I had while at UCSB.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Parking: During the summer, there are plenty of streets with many convenient parking spaces. However, during the normal school year, expect to plan ahead, park for longer periods, or walk several blocks when parking your car in the college neighborhood (isla vista). Also, always remember to push in your side mirrors because the neighborhood is known for some car vandalism like broken side mirrors, stolen mirrors, and scratches. In any case, school parking is available but with a fee.

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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: They're Decent – Our dorms are decent, I lived in a triple my freshman year, which made it very crowded and uncomfortable, but most people live in a double which was more than a enough room!

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4 College Senior

Academics: I love our school for academics, everyone I know that graduated already has a job and it's only been a month. Many have gotten into grad school or law school as well! You will learn a lot, but also be well rounded.

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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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