If you take a walk around campus, you’ll realize that the campus is a blend of old-school buildings and modern architecture. Prior to being a university, the land where UCSB is currently located was once a marine base, and some of the buildings are remnants of military barracks. However, since then, the campus has grown to include cutting-edge facilities such as the UCSB Recreation Center (Rec Cen) and Student Resource Building (SRB). The Rec Cen, which is free to all students, includes two swimming pools, a Jacuzzi, two gyms, two weight rooms, two squash courts, racquetball courts, cardio equipment and a climbing wall, and a hockey rink. The Rec Cen runs primarily on solar power and is one of the only recreation centers to be LEED Platinum rated. However, students should learn what times the Rec Cen is empty or otherwise risk sharing the gym with hoards of sorority girls and frat guys hogging up the machines.
The central hub of the University happens to be the University Center, or "UCen" for short. The UCen is home to a bookstore, fast food restaurants, local and organic cafés, a coffee shop, computer lab, and the Community Housing Office. The UCen is the place to go in between class periods for a quick snack or a quick nap; there are several couches that line the facility where students can read, socialize, or sleep. You can pretty much find your entire student needs met at the UCen, and like most buildings on campus, it has seen a major facelift in recent years. While there are facilities that have called the campus home for several years, most students can agree that overall the facilities are clean, safe, and efficient for student use.