UCSB highly recommends that incoming freshmen leave their car at home during their first year. The real question you have to ask yourself is, “Is it necessary?" Parking can be a hassle while living on campus and—not to mention—expensive. For those who can afford it, the spots are there. Meanwhile, others are better to hold off until they move off campus.
The move from on campus to Isla Vista brings its good and bad, parking being one of the not-so-good things. Isla Vista has its own lottery system when it comes to parking, meaning no guarantees. Some tenants are fortunate enough to have parking spots in their driveways, but for others, they have to search for a spot. Do not fret, though: You will improve your parallel parking skills by the time you finish college. Cars are literally squeezed bumper to bumper, and parking only gets worse as you reach Del Playa Drive, the last street before the beach. The best suggestions would be to use your car as little as possible or to try parking on less congested streets. The parking dilemma can probably lead you to the answer of why UCSB students love riding their bikes everywhere.