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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: I find are facilities are usually pretty nice

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4 College Junior

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

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The school has many areas where it can be very relaxing and peaceful to do homework or simply sit and relax in between classes. The library is very helpful when studying for midterms and finals as it provides a quiet environment to work.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Tons and tons of student organizations that you can get involved in. The rec center is widely used and the running trails on university property to the west of campus are great, especially for strong runners. Students find on-campus employment easily, with varying levels of commitment: from working at the dining commons to being a Community Service Officer with UC Police Dept.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The UCSB campus is amazing. I mean, it has its own lagoon...

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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.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
1,055 acres
Student Centers
  • Student Resource Building (SRB)
  • The University Center (UCen)
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Davidson Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • The beach
  • Grass by The Arbor
  • Grass outside of the dorms
  • Outside by the Campus Lagoon
  • UCen
Bar on Campus
None, but The Hub, which is on the ground floor of the University Center, has a couple of eateries that serve alcohol. Also, for certain events, The Hub opens its beer garden for students 21 and over. The closest real bar is The Study Hall in Isla Vista.
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Coral Tree Café by the Student Affairs building
  • Nicoletti's Coffeehouse inside the UCEN
  • The Arbor
Movie Theater on Campus
  • Campbell Hall, home to the Arts & Lectures program
  • Pollock Theater
"Green" Initiatives
The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) was created to minimize the school’s impact on the environment. Students voted to pay $2.60 per quarter, contributing around $182,000 a year toward TGIF.
School Slang
  • Access Card: Your student ID card. You can put money on it and use it as a debit card on campus.
  • The Alternative: A copy shop in Isla Vista where students will have to buy many readers (see definition).
  • Arbor: The area outside Girvetz Hall that has coffee, a little convenience store, and food stands
  • AS: Associated Students, the student government on campus
  • AS Notes: Class notes (sometimes taken by the teaching assistant) for sale
  • BARC: Billing Accounts/Receivable Collections, the cashier's office that takes student tuition checks
  • CAB: Community Affairs Board, the student-run community service group
  • Campus Point: A student publication and the end of campus that juts out into a point with ocean on both sides
  • CLAS: Campus Learning Assistance Services, where students drop in to get help on papers or weekly tutoring for science and math classes
  • CSO: Community Security Officer, a student who will escort other students home, or give you a ticket for biking in a walkway
  • Devereux: The beach right below the Del Playa cliffs
  • DLG: De La Guerra, a cafeteria on campus
  • FT: Francisco Torres dormitory, located off campus at the end of Isla Vista
  • Gaucho: The UCSB mascot, an Argentinian cowboy
  • GOLD: Gaucho On-Line Data, current student secure site used to sign up for classes, check grades, request transcripts, etc.
  • HSSB: The Humanities & Social Sciences Building
  • The Hub: The bottom floor of the University Center, which has fast food and sometimes hosts concerts
  • IV: Isla Vista, the square-mile town next to UCSB
  • IVFP: Isla Vista Foot Patrol
  • KCSB: The student-run radio station located under Storke Tower
  • MCC: MultiCultural Center
  • Nexus: The student-run daily newspaper
  • Perm Number: Student ID number located on student Access Cards
  • RBR: The Reserve Book Room, a part of the library open 24 hours which checks out books/articles that professors have put on reserve
  • Reader: A booklet of all the handouts for a class that students buy at one of the copy shops at the beginning of the quarter (professors will specify which copy shop)
  • SAASB: Student Affairs and Administrative Services Building
  • Sands: An Isla Vista beach
  • SBCC: Santa Barbara City College
  • Storke Tower: Landmark bell and clock tower—you'll see it!
  • Thunderdome : Events center
  • Trop: Tropicana Gardens, an off-campus dorm with suite-style living
  • Burning couches in Isla Vista: Every spring, community and county officials fret over the burning of couches.
  • Completing "The Loop": Drinking a beer at every establishment in Isla Vista before you graduate
  • Earth Day: Students celebrate 4/20 and Earth Day in the People's Park.
  • Extravaganza: A yearly outdoor concert free to UCSB students
  • Throwing tortillas (at soccer games): Throwing tortillas became a tradition in the early '90s, but got out of hand at the basketball games, so it was banned from those events. However, students still throw tortillas at soccer games.
  • Undie Run: Pretty much exactly as it sounds. Students run around in their underwear the Wednesday of each finals week.
Urban Legends
  • Aldous Huxley, who wrote "Brave New World," hung out in Isla Vista.
  • Francisco Torres was a Holiday Inn before it was a dorm.
  • Isla Vista has more bikes than anywhere but China.
  • Someone jumped off Storke Tower and fell into the reflection pool.
  • The campus is on Chumash Indian burial grounds.
  • The ocean oil rigs off the coast are really casinos.
Favorite Things To Do
Relax at the beach, attend a soccer game, work out at the recreation center, hang out on the grass by the lagoon, or play intramural and/or club sports.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The Daily Nexus
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
There are more than 300 registered student groups on campus, and if UCSB doesn't have a club you want to join, you can create your own!
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 109 responses

  • 20% Go to the beach
  • 16% Eat food in IV
  • 13% Study outside
  • 12% Explore
  • 10% Sleep
  • 7% Go hiking
  • 6% People Watch
  • 5% Run on the trails
  • 3% Skate
  • 2% Flirt with girls
  • 1% Rock climbing
  • 1% Surf at sands
  • 1% Bike around
  • 1% Hang out with friends
  • 1% Work in the wood shop (always open)
  • 0% Go to the gym
  • 0% Hunt for Pokemon
  • 0% Meet the people of Isla Vista
  • 0% Work out
  • 0% Workout

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 226 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 101 responses

  • 18% Extravaganza
  • 17% Throwing tortillas (at soccer games)
  • 14% Deltopia (formerly Floatopia)
  • 11% Undie Run
  • 10% Halloween
  • 10% Movie Night
  • 5% Completing "The Loop"
  • 5% Sleep in
  • 4% Earth Day
  • 2% Burning couches in Isla Vista
  • 2% Laughology
  • 2% Lite the Nite
  • 0% Welcome week

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 116 responses

  • 47% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 46% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 6% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 1% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 230 responses

  • 50% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 46% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 2% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 1% I hate my school and have no school spirit.



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